CHICKENFOOT RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM TODAY AND INVADE THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH CONAN O’BRIEN
CHICKENFOOT, the new supergroup featuring Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Montrose), Joe Satriani, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), and Michael Anthony (Van Halen), release their self-titled debut album today. Produced by Andy Johns, the album features the first single “Oh Yeah,” which you can check out below. Chickenfoot will be hitting the road for a tour starting in late June. The band will also be performing on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien tonight, June 5th.
CHICKENFOOT — the new rock supergroup comprised of drummer Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), bassist Michael Anthony (ex-VAN HALEN), guitarist Joe Satriani and vocalist Sammy Hagar (ex-VAN HALEN) — will kick off its first major North American tour on August 2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. This upcoming trek will visit larger venues than the May North American club tour, which sold out in a matter of minutes and received strong reviews.
The North American tour includes a free show on August 15 at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland.
The dates are as follows:
Aug. 02 – Citadel Hill – Halifax, NS
Aug. 04 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
Aug. 05 – Riverplex Amphitheatre – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 07 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
Aug. 08 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI
Aug. 10 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
Aug. 11 – Uptown Theatre – Kansas City, MO
Aug. 13 – Fifth-Third Ballpark – Comstock Park, MI
Aug. 15 – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, OH
Aug. 17 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY
Aug. 18 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY
Aug. 20 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
Aug. 21 – Borgata Spa & Resort, Music Box – Atlantic City, NJ
Aug. 23 – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH
Aug. 24 – Bank Of America Pavilion – Boston, MA
Aug. 26 – Ntelos Pavilion – Portsmouth, VA
Aug. 27 – The Uptown Amphitheatre at The Music Factory – Charlotte, NC
Aug. 29 – House of Blues, Myrtle Beach – N. Myrtle Beach, SC
Aug. 30 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA
Sep. 05 – Harveys Resort Hotel and Casino – Lake Tahoe, NV
All dates will go on sale June 13 with the exception of the August 24 show in Boston, which will go on sale June 12.
Additional dates will be announced shortly.
CHICKENFOOT will perform on the June 5 edition of NBC-TV’s “The Tonight Show”, helping to kick off the program’s first week with new host Conan O’Brien. The appearance comes just days before the June 9 release of CHICKENFOOT’s self-titled debut album.
Although many “supergroups” tend to make one or two albums before its members go their separate ways or back to other projects, Satriani told The Pulse of Radio that he thinks CHICKENFOOT will be around for a while. “Well, I hope so, and I have a very good feeling that everybody is feeling the same way, that it’s a once-in-a-lifetime connection that you get, and that nobody wants to see it evaporate,” he said. “The good thing about being where we are in our careers is that we can pretty much decide what we want to do, and when to do it. But on the same token, nobody wants to disrupt anybody else’s trajectory with their other bands or their solo careers.”
The first single from CHICKENFOOT’s album is called “Oh Yeah”.
The vinyl version of the record will feature a bonus cut called “Bitten By The Wolf”.
CHICKENFOOT – the band which features former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar, guitarist JOE SATRIANI, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith – have announced the global release of their debut album Chickenfoot. The album will be released by earMUSIC in Germany on June 5th and in the UK on Monday June 8th. The album will be released by Best Buy in the US on Sunday, June 7th.
The album, hailed as the most intense rock’n’roll album since LED ZEPPELIN, coincides with a European tour that will consist of outdoor festivals, including Montreaux, Switzerland, and Bospop, Holland, plus various intimate indoor rock shows including the London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on June 25th.
Click here for the full European tour dates.
The debut album will be packaged in heat sensitive artwork (pictured), which means when you put hour hand on the CD inlay, photos of the band members will be revealed behind the Chickenfoot band logo. “People have this idea of what this band is about, or what Sammy Hagar is about as a lyricist and a vocalist,” says Joe Satriani. “We manage to get each guy to up his game in a non-confrontational way. When I play with Chickenfoot, I want to give them more all the time, and I don’t hold anything back. I think the rest of the guys feel the same way.”
“Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers is from Detroit and he can play the hell out of funk, but he’s a rocker,” says Sammy Hagar. “He plays hard and he’s balanced. Chickenfoot wouldn’t exist without his groove.”
Chickenfoot tracklisting: ‘Avenida Revolution’, ‘Soap On A Rope’, ‘Sexy Little Thing’, ‘Oh Yeah’, ‘Runnin’ Out’, ‘Get It Up’, ‘Down the Drain’, ‘My Kinda Girl’, ‘Learning to Fall’, ‘Turnin’ Left’, ‘Future In The Past’.
The tracks ‘Soap On A Rope’ and ‘Down the Drain’ are streaming at http://www.myspace.com/thechickenfoot.
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
Former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has issued the following update:
“Whew, is it Holiday season again already?? I hope all of you had a great year, and are ready to finish it off in grand style!! First, I want to wish everyone out there Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year!! Party hard, but party safe. Second, I want to update you on the status of CHICKENFOOT. Chad (Smith – RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer) and I just got back this week from recording in the San Francisco area, and I am pleased to say that the basic tracks are finished and smokin’!! Right now Joe is sprinkling some guitar magic on everything, and next week Sam will be doing vocals. Then I’ll be back up there to slather some backround vocals on everything. I can’t wait for all of you to check it out!! Look out 2009!!!!”
Chickenfoot also features guitarist JOE SATRIANI and former Van Halen singer SAMMY HAGAR.
As reported by Billboard.com:
After playing together live for the first time last February during a solo Sammy Hagar concert in Las Vegas, a new group featuring the ex-Van Halen vocalist, bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is making an album.
“We were very excited about that show,” tells Billboard.com. “We had never played together before and when we walked off stage, we looked at each other like, ‘Wow, there’s a connection here. We should do something about it.’ So last week we were together for five days and we recorded nine tracks.
“As soon as Sammy and myself finish touring our separate solo tours we’ll reconvene in Northern California and finish the record,” he continues. “We hope to mix the album in January, have it ready for April and then we’ll follow it up with a tour.”
While the group was reportedly going to call itself Chickenfoot, Satriani said this was only a Hagar working title with a new band name expected closer to the release of the album.
“The style is high-energy, kick-ass rock’n'roll,” says Satriani, who is about to begin a stateside tour in support of his latest solo album, “Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock.” “We all bring to the table some unusual influences and then we also share a lot of roots. And I think that’s where a true color of a band comes out, just how we react to each other. So, it’s definitely rock music. We haven’t brought each other together to do a techno record.”
He adds, “We’ll draw from funk, blues and experimental. We know what we want to get out of it. We want passages in songs that develop and we want everyone’s personality to be able to come out. So, it’s going to be expansive but it’s going to be rough.”
If the band’s three-song performance, which included Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” and Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” during the Hagar show encore is any indication, it appears that Smith is the glue that holds the unit together.
“The material is really slamming, and anybody who has ever been around Chad knows that he is a very huge personality, a very high-energy guy and his drumming in person is explosive,” Satriani says. “This band really gives him carte blanche to go crazy. I think it’s the best of what you’d expect, that’s the best way to put it. No one is acting out of character.”