HSAS, what the heck kind of name is that?
It stands for the seasoned veterans Sammy Hagar, Neal Schon
(Journey), Keeny Aaronson (Santana), and Michael Shrieve
(Santana). For whatever reason, these guys got together in
1983-1984 and produced this partially live album, the only album
produced under the band name HSAS. Rumor has it the band
only rehearsed for one month prior to playing in concert.
How did it all come together? In late 1982, Sammy
Hagar had just finished up the album Three Lock Box, and Journey
released Frontiers shortly after in 1983. Both Schon and
Hagar were interested in doing a side project after Hagar returned from
an extended African vacation and Journey's 1983 tour, so it wasn't long
before Aaronson and Shrieve were tapped to round out the four piece.
The material for the albums was recorded over several
live concerts in November of 1983. A couple of these concerts were
recorded and aired on MTV, although the recordings were never officially
released on tape or DVD. Except for the removal of some crowd
noise on the album, Through the Fire was left un-molested.
Although there were several additional songs that were played in
concert, only a handful made the album, including a cover of the song "A
Whiter Shade of Pale", which charted at 94 on the Billboard Top 100.
Shortly after, Schon was back with Journey and Hagar was
working on VOA (Voice of America). Interestingly enough,
Schon and Hagar reunited 20 years later for another short-lived project
called "Planet Us". The HSAS Discography is simply as follows:1984: Through the Fire