Chickenfoot — True To Form Rock-N-Roll
When you least expect a band to come out of the woodwork, it happens. A band of great magnitude, a band of overwhelming musical chemistry that since conception they instantly became a household name.
Allow me to introduce you to Chickenfoot. It's an outstanding cast that consists of Sammy Hagar/vocals, Michael Anthony/Base/vocals, Joe Satriani/lead guitar/, Chad Smith (from Red Hot Chili Peppers)/drums. I might add that Chad's number one commitment is with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, so Kenny Aronoff (Smashing Pumpkins, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty) does a great fill-in job.
At 64 years of age, Sammy Hagar still has a powerful vocal as if he were singing back in the day with Montrose and Anthony still looking good on base.
You can be witness to that with their self-titled debut album which started out as a jam session and sold over 500,000 copies and their second album Chickenfoot III (no that's not a miss-print). Look a third album to be released, for Chickenfoot is only getting bigger while at the same time bringing back the roots of rock music.
After the passing of of co-manager John Carter (a dear friend of Sammy Hagar) the songs appear to offer a stronger sense of meaning. As for Carter (which he preferred to be called), he told Sammy, “Make the greatest record you’ve ever made. Make songs that matter. Write words that mean something to people.” Sammy did just that. He even penned a song (Up Next) as a tribute to Carter.
Keep your eyes and ears peeled for Chickenfoot V (I'm guessing) and don't miss their show. You may notice the band's logo is basically both a chickenfoot and the peace symbol. Long Live Rock-N-Roll.
Back in May Chickenfoot performed at The Brick in Minneapolis the following is them performing "Different Devil" off the Chickenfoot III album. Don't be surprised when Chad Smith is off with The Red Hot Chili Peppers that by chance Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) sits in with the band.
(Chickenfoot photos used with permission of Ron Lyon, Vintagerock.com)