So who is behind this peculiarly named band, described as one of the most exciting rock ‘n’ roll groups since Led Zeppelin? They are Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, two former members of Van Halen, who have joined forces with Kenny Aronoff and the virtuoso guitar of Joe Satriani.
Chickenfoot’s first, eponymous album was released on 8 June 2009 (on Edel). The band members had already written several pages of the rock ‘n’ roll history book well before they got together.
Joe Satriani, one of the guitar greats, decided to drop out of college at the age of 14, on the fateful date of 18 September 1970, the day that Jimi Hendrix died. In 1987 he achieved his first gold album, Surfing With The Alien, subsequently becoming one of the most influential guitarists ever, with millions of records sold world-wide (including The Extremist and Super Colossal).
The singer is another legend: Sammy Hagar, a.k.a. ‘Red Rocker’, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who began his career in the 1970s with Montrose, before replacing David Lee Roth in Van Halen. He managed to outshine his predecessor in the eyes of the group’s fans, with more than 10 million albums sold. Michael Anthony, a founder member of Van Halen, developed a signature background vocal on top of his talented bass playing that became an intrinsic part of the band’s sound. Chad Smith is known as a funk/alternative drummer after his stint with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The band are currently making their third album