Check Out Chickenfoot!
Chickenfoot is hard rock music group composed of lead singer Sammy Hagar, guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony, and drummer Chad Smith. Each member of the group brings years of rock experience to the table, and they use this experience to the fullest. Everyone in the group is there because they want to be, and allows each other to shine. Hagar has previously spent many years as a solo artist, as well as a hugely successful run as the lead singer in Van Halen. Anthony was a founding, and long time member of Van Halen as well. Chad Smith is a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and shares his time between them and Chickenfoot. Satriani is arguably one of the top guitarists playing today. He has spent many years as a solo artist, as well as collaborating and contributing to many other artists’ music.
The band came together through casual “jamming” at Hagar’s club “Cabo Wabo” in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hagar, Anthony, and Smith were usually joined on stage by a “who’s who” of rock and roll personnel. The three of them had so much fun playing together, they decided to take it into the studio and see what happened. First though, they decided they needed to bring a killer guitarist on board, and asked Satriani to come in and see what would happen. The rest is history.
Their first album simply titled “Chickenfoot,” was released in June 2009. It went as high as number 4 on the Billboard chart, and was certified Gold. “Sexy Little Thing” and “Oh Yeah” were charting singles on the US Mainstream charts. A tour followed that release and everyone had such a good time that there was no question if they would do it again.
Smith’s real “day job” soon came calling and he would have to return to the ranks of the Chili Peppers for recording and eventual tour. They were unsure how long he would be unavailable to record the next album for Chickenfoot, so they went right back into the studio and cranked out the new album. “Chickenfoot III” will be released to stores on September 27, 2011 and has already provided a rocking charting single “Big Foot.”
Due to Smith’s duties with the Peppers, they have asked drummer Kenny Aronoff to step in and “help out” during the following tour while Chad is “working.” Aronoff brings a high energy beat and experience that has been heard across the musical spectrum. Once the main sticks man for John Mellencamp, has also worked with John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins, Lynyrnd Skynyrd, and many other artists. He is also an in-demand session drummer.
While their music definitely has the similarity to some Hagar/Van Halen music (mainly due to the harmonies of Hagar and Anthony), the music is clearly their own. They cite Led Zeppelin as one of their influences, and their tones and riffs do emulate a Zeppelin feel from time to time. One of the great things about Chickenfoot is that they aren’t afraid to shake things up. A lot of bands have a “sound” that they stick to. Chickenfoot is all over the map, and loves to show their versatility. Satriani, who previously was a solo guitar artist, certainly throws some quality licks in the music, but it is not bombastic or showy. It fits the music perfectly and compliments the rest of the song. Smith lays down a solid driving beat and if you listen to it, you can tell he is having fun. The same goes for Anthony and Hagar. Michael Anthony is one of the best bassists in rock, and is largely uncelebrated. He shows no ego, and is quiet and unassuming. When he was replaced in Van Halen by Eddie’s son Wolfgang, he did not publically go off on the band. He did state his disappointment, but wished the group well and that was that. Hagar, who is fun-loving by nature, shows this in his lyrics in the song “Sexy Little Thing,” and “Oh Yeah.” On the flipside, he can show a sensitive tone, whether it be singing “Future in the Past,” or “Learning to Fall.”
The new album promises to be a solid effort as well. Make sure you check it out.