Friday, June 26, 2015

Chickenfoot - A Supergroup

Chickenfoot was a supergroup of U.S. origin. The group consisted of vocalist Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen and Montrose), bassist Michael Anthony (also ex–Van Halen), guitarist Joe Satriani, and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

While the band's name and logo are a disparaging term for the peace symbol, the "footprint of the chicken," bassist Michael Anthony asserts that the name originated from initial jam sessions between Hagar, Smith and himself: "there are three talons on a chicken’s foot and there [were] three of us."

Hagar, Anthony and Satriani had previously collaborated in 2002 under the name Planet Us.

According to vocalist Sammy Hagar: "Chickenfoot started off with me, Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith jamming at my club, Cabo Wabo, in Mexico. Then people started asking us when we were going to tour, make a record, etc. So I said if we’re going to do this properly then we’re going have to get a guitarist, so let’s talk to Joe Satriani. As far as I’m concerned he’s the best guitarist in the world."

The band's first performance together was in February 2008 at a Hagar concert in Las Vegas. They decided they were having a lot of fun, and decided to take the next step and see what they could do.

The band's debut album, Chickenfoot, was released on June 4, 2009 And On its release date, Chickenfoot performed the single "Oh Yeah!" on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Chickenfoot subsequently began touring in Europe and America.

In between touring and recording with their respective bands (RHCP, and Santriani's solo work) they met as a group to work on their next Chickenfoot album. On September 24, 2011, Sammy Hagar appeared on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic and admitted that Chickenfoot decided to name their second album "Chickenfoot III" to avoid the dreaded second album drop-off experienced by most bands. He said they just decided to "skip" the second album and make the third album.

It was announced on August 28, 2012, that since Chickenfoot's former record label went out of business, and the debut album couldn't be found anywhere, they are re-releasing the debut album with eOne music with bonus live tracks "Lighten Up", "Big Foot", "Last Temptation", and "Something Going Wrong", recorded during the Different Devil tour of Spring 2012.

On November 30, 2012, Chickenfoot's first live album LV was released as part of the Limited Edition Boxset I+III+LV paired with their first and second album in their Limited Edition releases. LV would also see a release on its own.

In a Rolling Stone interview released in October 2014, Hagar stated that although he had enjoyed working with the group, disappointing album sales probably precluded a third Chickenfoot studio album. Satriani also has made similar comments about album sales being a factor that has prevented them from continuing quickly.

Here is the song that got the supergroup started:

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