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Interview by Joe Bosso. Photo by Ross Halfin
Satriani, Hagar, Anthony talk new band
Joe Satriani looks relieved as he shakes my hand. “Finally – a day I don’t have to talk about Coldplay,” he says. I get the drift and make a mental note not to ask any lawsuit questions.
I’m in Mill Valley, California, at the Sammy Hagar’s office/studio/car lot to sit with three-forths of Chickenfoot (which includes, in addition to Satriani and Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith) and talk about their eponymous debut album.
Tequila, Ferraris…this is Chickenfoot-land
Hagar has already primed me well, pouring me a tall glass of his premium Cabo Wabo Tequila (the stuff is darned smooth) before taking me on a 140 mph spin in his custom-made Ferrari (he owns 15 of them). Hagar cackles like a kid in an amusement park as we race through suburban streets. I laugh, too – out of sheer terror.
Once I regain my senses, I sit down with the band (minus Smith, who is attending the birth of his son, Beckett Cash Smith) for one heck of a festive discussion.
Hagar and Anthony are happy to have found new life after Van Halen, and Satriani has realized his lifelong dream of being in a “big time, vocal-oriented rock band.” Formed last year after a series of jams at Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina, Chickenfoot have already made waves for their kooky name and Hagar’s quotes in which he said the band could “rival Led Zeppelin.”
Whether Jimmy Page quakes in his bespoke boots after hearing Chickenfoot (the album’s due 7 June in the US through Best Buy; and 5 June and 8 June in Germany and the UK, respectively, on earMUSIC), remains to be seen.
But one thing’s for sure: Chickenfoot are a band down to the, uh, bone. Their 11-song CD, full of slamming cuts like Sexy Little Thing and My Kind Of Girl, along with arena anthems like Learning To Fall, bears no traces of the ‘project-itis’ that has marred recent efforts of other high-profile groups whose members crawled together from the wreckage of other outfits.
“To call us a real band is the highest compliment you can give us,” Satriani says.
In the excusive MusicRadar podcast below, Satriani, Hagar and Anthony laugh it up as they recall their formation and recording sessions. Settle back, pour yourself your favorite something and revel in all that is Chickenfoot.
For the entire Chickenfoot interview, be sure to pick up the June 2009 issue of Guitar World magazine, available 7 April.