In the recent history of rock “supergroups,” there are those met with hesitation who later prevail (Tinted Windows), those met with excitement who meet their potential (Audioslave), those we can’t seem to figure out (Velvet Revolver), and then those that shouldn’t bother. Chickenfoot falls into that latter category. (By the way, what is the deal with rock supergroups taking two nouns and mixing them into one name?) Chickenfoot is the new (super)group featuring Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, guitar-rock icon Joe Satriani, and actually talented Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. The band’s self-titled debut album will hit stores (and, presumably, strip clubs) on June 9, preceded by a tour across the nation.
I was a fan of a few Hagar tunes (both solo and during his stint in Van Halen), but he and Anthony were the weakest links in that band’s chain. Joe Satriani was never my cup of tea, even if I think he has a point in his lawsuit against Coldplay. Chad Smith, meanwhile, was someone I always admired. However, maybe this news is a statement about his actual level of “cool” within his terrific day job band. Hagar describes Chickenfoot as “Like kind of Zeppelin, Van Halen — you know, hard rock-y, Rush-y, kind of progressive a little bit. Hard rock. Hard sophisticated rock.” There we go again with two seemingly unrelated words in rock music: “hard” + “sophisticated.”