Chickenfoot is an American hard rock band, which was formed in 2008. However, it all started when Hagar, Anthony and Smith used to jam and play cover versions at the Hagar’s Cabo club in Mexico as friends. Anthony would sing many times. The band featured solo artist and former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, later guitarist Joe Satriani, as well as nomadic drummer Chad Smith. Anthony was touring with Hagar upon the bassist’s departure from Van Halen. The band performed at a Sammy Hagar show with The Wabos doing Led Zeppelin covers, etc. as an encore in Las Vegas before becoming more serious and recording its debut for release in 2009. The album’s innovative packaging changed appearance and displayed text above 29 degrees. Upon release on June 5th, the group performed the song Oh Yeah! on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien in the USA. Chickenfoot then hit Europe followed by the USA for a tour. earMUSIC released a new, “deluxe edition”, of the eponymous debut album at the end of November 2009. It was originally due at the end of October. The 2-disc edition included a bonus DVD disc featuring over 60 minutes of live performances and promotional footage. The debut went gold in the USA. Eagle Rock Entertainment announced the April 26th, 2010 Blu-ray and DVD release of Chickenfoot Get Your Buzz On Live. The Blu-ray and DVD was released in America on April 20th by EMI America. The Blu-ray and DVD featured one full concert shot at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona on September 23rd, 2009 plus live segments from shows at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia and The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 drummer Chad Smith informed Chickenfoot that he was unable to tour next year due to scheduling conflicts with his main band, Red Hot Chili Peppers. He would record the band’s second album however.
Chickenfoot III, the second album from Chickenfoot, was out through eOne Music in September, 2011. Chickenfoot song Up Next was dedicated to the band's former manager, John Carter, who died of cancer halfway through the recording of the band’s album. Chickenfoot was playing two reunion shows in May 2015 in the USA. Chickenfoot would release a new song called Divine Termination, which was its first new song in five years on the Best + Live sampler. It was out on March 10th 2017. Chickenfoot reunited for one show at the Fillmore in San Francisco on May 15th 2018 for the fifth annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit concert.
For a brief moment Hagar had been in an unrelated Chickenfoot prior to his sojourn in Montrose.
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The Chickenfoot album begins with a shredding guitar explosion courtesy of Joe Satriani. This might be Chickenfoot’s middle finger to Eddie Van Halen, a supposed guitar hero who hasn’t bothered in 25 years at least! Chickenfoot is the band of two former Van Halen-ites Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, as well as Satriani and drummer Chad Smith. Generally writing, songs nowadays are nowhere near as good as hard rock of the last century. Correspondingly, there are no songs like Panama or I Can’t Drive 55 on this album, but Chickenfoot is an above average album for what we have coming out today. Opening track Avenida Revolution and the single Oh Yeah are rocking tunes for instance. Hagar sounds good and as wild as ever. The guitars are screaming and even Anthony manages a couple of bass leads and puts in a solid performance as usual.
Chickenfoot is in many ways a distinct combination of all the musicians’ previous works. The sound of Van Halen or Satriani are here and can be heard side by side. This is seriously a plus for the fans, but also a plus for guitar hungry hard rockers because Satriani still plays his damn thing. Check Out Runnin’ Out (Which like Turnin’ Left abuses grammar. Would leaving the 'g' in really make the song too literate for the Texas crowd?) for his soloing. Are there any new bands picking up the mantle and going for it? Yes, Snew, which we featured here at Metallian, does as one example, but with its high profile, Chickenfoot is doing the style a service. What’s more, Sammy has kept some of his golden locks.
Now of course the band has a song called Sexy Little Thing, but the world of hard rock must have aged radically. My Kinda Girl is about “the single mom.” She’s Only Seventeen no more! Wait a few years and bands will be singing the praises of the kooky freaky grandmother. - Sheila Wes Det