Monday, August 24, 2009


"Hagar came to fruition with one of rock's elite guitarists at his side but, sadly, egos clashed and now he's got Satriani with him. Talk about win-win. He still gets to sing his heart out and he's doing it beside an even better guitarist and, according to Hagar, they all like each other. It shows. This disc contains some very tight, very exciting hard rock that is bound to work an audience into a frenzy. The major difference is that this material is better than what they (especially Hagar) have done before. It's a gutsy move for each of them and it could work well.

A lot of the songs are standard stadium fare with double entandre titles such as 'Soap on a Rope', 'Sexy Little Thing' and 'Get It Up'. There's also the traditional audience participation piece called 'Oh Yeah'. But there is also the topical 'Avenida Revolution' , focusing on the bloody drug wars in Mexico, and the mature 'Runnin' Out', about a world stretched too thin on its own vices. Sammy also offers the best and most poignant love song he's ever sung call 'Learning to Fall'. From start to finish, it's a tighter package than Van Halen's '5150' or even 'Surfing With the Aliens'. It's fun..."

~ Darrell Moen

Got an offer that I couldn't refuse... Chickenfoot at the House of Blues!

Who is Chickenfoot? Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony from Van Halen and Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Ouch.

Even though I grew up with the VHI tape always in the car I have to give the nod to Sammy with regards to the best Van Halen singer. Sorry DLR. 5150 might be one of the best rocking albums -- ever. Feeling the blues -- queue up "Get Up" and that should do the trick.
Joe Satch, of "Surfing with the Alien" fame, could well be the greatest guitarist ever, and I've seen them all. The way he shreds... simply amazing, and the acoustics at the House of Blues in Atlantic City only helped. These guys still have fun rockin' out -- and so do I.

My sister gave me a poem years ago, Deisderata, that advised us "to gracefully surrender the things of your youth." Maybe, but not Rock and Roll. Never.

Great acoustics and sightlines at the House of Blues. A joy seeing a concert there compared to the Wachovia.

Joe with Sammy, and Michael; strong bass and those great background vocals from Van Halen.

Joe Satriani bites into Chickenfoot
It ranks right up there with the worst names of all time, but with the pedigree of its members, Chickenfoot doesn’t really need to worry about silly things like a moniker. What started off as a jam session between Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith and expelled Van Halen alumni Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar became a full-fledged band when the trio enlisted the services of Joe Satriani.

But as the guitar virtuoso told Examiner as the outfit prepares to play a pair of Boston area dates tonight and tomorrow, it wasn’t supposed to turn out that way.

“Sammy invited me to do this jam a show he was doing in Vegas back in February of 2008, and I really thought I was just walking into a little celebrity jam at the end of a crazy Cabo Wabo show,” he said. “But the chemistry between us was just something completely unique. It was like the early Who or something — it was out of control and wasn’t just like four professional guys writing some songs or jamming or something like that.”

Satriani, who has played with everyone from Mick Jagger to Deep Purple, says that it’s not really fair to call Chickenfoot a supergroup per se, mainly because of the organic way the group came about.

“A lot of those supergroups are put together by the labels, by managers and whatnot,” he said. “Chickenfoot was really the three of those guys just jamming for about six months down at Sam’s club in Cabo in Mexico. When Sam brought me in, they weren’t really thinking about it because obviously it’s an impossible task for all of us to form a band and record a record and go on tour because we already have bands and responsibilities.”

“And when we did that first jam we came off stage and we looked at each other like, “Oh — this is gonna be impossible guys.” You know you’re about to do something that you’re not supposed to do, but you do it anyway.”

The problem was everyone already had other commitments musically that forced them to hit pause for almost on doing something together, but the buzz hit big on the streets once word leaked that the project was being worked on, though it surprisingly didn’t lead to any pressure.
“We just figured we’ve been through this a long time, everybody’s got decades of being in the music business so it wasn’t gonna flip us out or anything,” Satriani said. “That’s just your average walk in the park; getting criticism thrown at you or expectations.”

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