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Sammy Hagar & The Circle Release New Video for David Bowie Cover “Heroes”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle
Courtesy: Mailboat Records. Credit: Leah Steiger

Sammy Hagar & The Circle have released a new, official music video for the group’s cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes”. The track is the first single from their new album Lockdown 2020. Proceeds from the song will be donated to food banks across America.

You can watch “Heroes” in the player below.

“David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ is one of my favorite songs ever, and a chance to tip our hat to all those frontline workers on every level from the grocery stores, to the policeman and firefighters, doctors etc. that put their own lives at risk & do their jobs to help others,” Hagar said in a statement. “For us it kind of sums up 2020, the whole year. And to release it so close to his birthday and passing just makes it that more special.”

Sammy Hagar & The Circle‘s “Lockdown Sessions” began in March, when the COVID- 19 shelter-at-home order went into effect. With time on their hands and their upcoming tour in limbo, the band’s legendary drummer Jason Bonham challenged his bandmates Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson to record a warmup jam they’d been playing backstage before concerts for several years. Equipped with iPhones and their respective instruments, they each laid down their individual tracks from the den, music room, closet and even showers of their homes, and “Funky Feng Shui” and the band’s Lockdown Sessions were born.

“When we first start doing these lockdown sessions, it was only meant to stay in touch with the fans until we could get back out on the road again,” Sammy Hagar explains. “But as the weeks and months drew on, it also became a fun way to keep the band together, musically and creatively.”

Over the next eight months, their “Lockdown Sessions” became a hit with critics and fans alike, producing 10 tracks and reaching an online audience approaching 30 million. The sessions gave the band the opportunity to throw down raw and raucous compact covers of classic hits that they’d jammed to backstage but never planned to record, including The Who’s “Won‘t Get Fooled Again,” Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds,” AC/DC, “Whole Lotta Rosie” and more. See the full track listing here.

When plans for an album came to fruition around the holidays, the band came together to record one more track, a cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” which they’d offer as an instant download or single purchase. “With the addition of ‘Heroes’, it made sense to help those who are struggling from the effects of Covid-19. It probably wouldn’t have happened without it.”

“Heroes” – Sammy Hagar & The Circle

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