Getting Over The Hump With My Lucky Chickenfoot

The holiday weekend is coming up… The Kings are in the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993… all amazing things… but it’s Wednesday, so you may still need a little push… a little nudge to get you over the hump.

I am here to help.

Everyone likes to hump differently… It’s what makes the world exciting and people different.  Some folks like to ease into things, have it nice and gentle… Others, they just like to rock it.  Me, I go with whatever hits me… whatever is my fancy on any given day… and today, I am in the mood to rock… and rock hard.

Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot

My buddy Brad invited me to go see them in a few weeks, so I figured I needed a refresher… I’ll start with their debut, which came out in 2009.  Their second album, Chickenfoot III came out last September.

Are they a supergroup?  Yeah, they kind of are… you got Sammy Hagar shredding the vocals), Michael Anthony on bass and backups… and I have to say he is noticably missing on any Van Halen stuff without him… insane guitarist Joe Satriani and Chad Smith on drums… He of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Red Hot Chili Peppers… Who are also on tour, so how is he doing both???

Here is the answer… he’s not.  The amazing Kenny Aronoff is the current touring drummer for Chickenfoot.

As far as Hagar goes, there are Van Halen purists who only love the David Lee Roth years and records, some who prefer the Hagar years and some who dig both.  I definitely lean more to DLR, as that is who really defined VH for me… but I do like a lot of the stuff they did with Sammy.  Plus, it seems hard to dislike Sammy.  His music and attitude are just fun… and he makes tequila, so how bad a guy can he be?

That is how I define this band.  They are shot of tequila.  It might make you shake and shiver, but it is good going down and usually leads to fun!

Here is what Wikipedia says about the name:

“While the band’s name and logo reference a disparaging term used to describe 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.”  Later Anthony stated: “it was just supposed to be a bullshit name that we’d used for a while, and then [when] the rumors spread about the band, everybody used that name so we thought, ‘fuck it, let’s call it Chickenfoot’ – it all comes down to the music anyway.”

AllMusic says:  “This eagerness is evident on the band’s eponymous 2009 debut, which should come as no surprise seeing that Sammy Hagar has never seen a party he couldn’t rock…”  They continue to say, somewhat ironically, that the band is “working far too hard to have a good time.”

“Satch always seems to want to burst out but can’t help leaning on precision, a problem that’s the polar opposite to Hagar’s let-it-all-hang-out philosophy, and this dichotomy is mirrored in the rhythm section, where Anthony’s chugging bass doesn’t quite fill the gaps Smith leaves. All this means is that Chickenfoot’s big picture is roughly in place but the pieces don’t quite fit…”

I’ll let you know about the fun on June 10… In the meantime, I am enjoying the record and rocking it out on a Wednesday.


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