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Chickenfoot

Postby Doobie » Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:51 am

From melodicrock.com:

Sammy Hagar to hit studio with guitar hero Joe Satriani and ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony plus Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith -
TORONTO - Sammy Hagar has a new supergroup that includes a virtuoso guitarist and a fellow Van Halen alumnus, but fans eager to see the so-called Red Rocker sing alongside the six-string hero he's most famously associated with shouldn't hold their breath. It seems a peace settlement in the war of wills between Hagar and Eddie Van Halen could be years away, if it arrives at all. "I love Eddie, but we don't love each other," Hagar said during an interview Thursday.
"I heard that he got cleaned up again. Hopefully he stays that way and doesn't die, because before we both die we have to be friends again. But like I said, people have to be level-headed and have to be healthy before you can settle a feud."
Eddie Van Halen's battles with drug and alcohol addiction are legend, marring past shows with Hagar and delaying the start last year of a reunion tour with original singer, and Hagar's predecessor, David Lee Roth. Instead of waiting for that friendship to be repaired, Hagar has teamed with acclaimed guitarist Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith, and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. The group, code-named Chickenfoot, will enter the recording studio just before Labour Day.
"We've written eight, nine songs. We just got to go in the studio Sept. 1," Hagar said.
"When people hear the music, it's Led Zeppelin. It's as good as that. I know that's a mighty bold statement... We could rival Zep."
Hagar, 60, stills looks remarkably like he did during his time with Van Halen - suntanned and goateed with that trademark mop of curly blonde hair. In town following a show at Casino Rama, north of Toronto, with his "party band" The Wabos, Hagar took up residence for the day in a downtown hotel to promote his latest career turn as a spirits connoisseur.
Halen fans are no doubt familiar with the song "Cabo Wabo", a track from the multi-platinum 1988 album "OU812" that sang the virtues of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Hagar's love of all that is Cabo has seen him open cantinas bearing the name, and now he's spending the summer selling Cabo Wabo Tequila. The brand, with its origins in Hagar's desire to serve a local, high-end tequila at his cantina in Cabo San Lucas, grew over the years, eventually gaining recognition and robust sales in the United States. Last year, Hagar sold an 80 per cent stake in the company to multinational spirits company Campari for a reported US$80 million. "It wasn't planned. All this happened step by step. Every time I turned around there was a new opportunity for it," Hagar said.
"Everyone thought it was a gimmick. It's an expensive tequila (a 750 ml bottle retails for $71.20 in Canada). They thought, what does this guy know about premium tequila?"
Apparently Hagar has even convinced bassist Anthony, who was known for drinking Jack Daniels whisky straight from the bottle onstage during his Van Halen years, to quaff his tequila while performing. The two have remained close, and perform together often, since the Hagar incarnation of Halen finally folded after a reunion in the late 1990s.
When the band reunited last year to tour with original singer David Lee Roth, Anthony was replaced by Eddie Van Halen's son Wolfgang. Although it's "great that they finally did the reunion with Dave," Hagar said he had no desire to take in the show. "Mikey should have been there. It's ridiculous," he said. "(Seeing the show) just wouldn't interest me in the least, all the hoopla and all that around something without it being the original."
As for the Van Halen vs. Van Hagar debate, Hagar is content to let the fans choose their favourite and listen to the old recordings. "I'm really not interested in being in that band right now. I'm so much more interested in our little Chickenfoot project," Hagar said. "To me that's 10 times Van Halen, because it's functional, we all like each other."
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Re: Chickenfoot

Postby frethead » Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:12 pm

Got to hand it to Sammy, a renegade voice and he says what he thinks! And yet, he speaks with so much eloquence. WHOAH!!! Did you say that he's SIXTY ?!! I'm not so out- of- control over all things Satriani, but I'll throw an ear at it. My guess is "Chickenfoot" is the name they use in reference to that former Extreme and Van Halen guy. Whoopsie! :roll:
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Re: Chickenfoot

Postby Shadow » Mon Jun 02, 2008 4:53 pm

Mr. Red/SAMMY HAGER is quite a busy musician and wish the best to the heavy & smooth legendary Vocalist and the all star line-up musicians that will be in his Chickenfoot band. He has a far out sense of humor with a name like that. :o Peace!

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Re: Chickenfoot

Postby Gutterflower » Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:47 pm

I can't believe that Sammy is SIXTY either!! He's always been cool with me, and I like him before, during AND after his stint in VH. Smart man, too - wow, $80 million for his tequila company?!

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Re: Chickenfoot

Postby SDBinNY » Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:09 am

IIRC, Sammy sold the stake in Cabo to settle his divorce very, very quickly.

I'm not a very big Satch fan, but it will be interesting to see what he does in a song writing situation...

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Re: Chickenfoot

Postby Doobie » Wed Sep 24, 2008 10:43 am

SAMMY HAGAR BLAMES TEQUILA FOR ZEPPELIN COMMENT:
A 3-Part Sammy Hagar Podcast interview can be heard/downloaded at: www.musicradar.com/news/guitars/sammy-h ... ent-174781.
Interview summary:
"Chickenfoot could rival Led Zeppelin." It was a quote that made its way across the Internet within hours, and the man who said it, Sammy Hagar, blames it all on tequila. "I got fucking ripped and I said something stupid," Hagar admits, laughing, recalling the press day he did in Toronto this past spring to launch his premium Cabo Wabo Tequila in Canada (a product he just said sold an 80 percent interest in for the tidy sum of $80 million).
Throughout the day, journalists and Hagar were imbibing, and the singer reveals that the combination of alcohol and his unbridled love for his new supergroup led to an unfortunate slip of the tongue. "I told Joe (Satriani), 'I'm so enthusiastic about this band, I might've said something. But I was buzzed up. What are you gonna do?"
And with the lineup Sammy Hagar has for Chickenfoot (a code name, by the way; the real name has yet to be decided), he has a right to be buzzing. Along with Mr. Can't Drive 55 are guitarist Joe Satriani, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and fellow ex-Van Halen member, bassist Michael Anthony. According to Hagar, the recording sessions are exceeding his wildest expectations. "The world needs this band right now. The rock 'n' roll world needs this band. We are a rock band, and we're at the top of our game. When the world hears this, it's gonna turn on its side."
Throughout his career, the Red Rocker has been in his share of groups (Montrose , HSAS, Van Halen) and side projects (Planet US, Sammy And The Waboritas) and he's spent considerable time as a solo artist (his new album, Cosmic Universal Fashion, drops in November), but at the ripe age of 60 ("But I'm still 18 in body and spirit!"), he's convinced that Chickenfoot will be his finest hour. "This is the music I always wanted to make with the kinds of guys I always wanted to play with. I can't wait for people to hear it!"
Recently Hagar sat down with MusicRadar for a candid and free-wheelin' interview in which he talked about, among other things, Chickenfoot, what really went wrong with Van Halen, and his new album. Charming and utterly sincere, he laid it all out as only he can.

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Re: Chickenfoot

Postby frethead » Wed Sep 24, 2008 11:05 am

Yay, Chickenhead! Er, Chickenbutt? No. Chicken hat? No. Chicken bucket . . . head? No, no, no. Chickenfoot? No. Screw it.

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Re: Chickenfoot

Postby CharvelSuperStrat » Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:49 am

Joe Satriani is jazzed about Chickenfoot, his new supergroup consisting of Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and himself.

"We are truly over-the-top excited about this," the guitarist extraordinaire says. "It's a very energetic kind of rock music that reminds you of early Zeppelin."

But he's adamant about one thing: that silly name. In his view, nobody should get too used to calling the band Chickenfoot. "We just had to call it something for the time being," he says. "It's definitely not going to be Chickenfoot. I guarantee it."

Having just wrapped the first leg of a world tour (which saw one-time Satriani bassist Stu Hamm filling in for Brad Russell, who had to bail due to scheduling conflicts) Satch and Chickenfoot are hitting the studio this week to begin recording an album that will be out early next year.

Already there's been considerable buzz about the project, much of it brought on by some controversial comments from Sammy Hagar, in which he asserted, among other things, that the band "could rival Led Zeppelin."

Despite admitting to a certain Zeppelin rush to the music, Satriani categorically denies that Hagar made such statements. "I can't imagine Sam saying anything like that," he says. "I think it was just twisted."

Recently, Joe Satriani sat down for his second interview with MusicRadar this year. In addition to the new band, he was eager to discuss his new "Black Dog" guitar, Ibanez's faithful recreation of the axe he played in the late '80s and early '90s. "There's so much going on with me right now," he says. "So much to do, so much to talk about. I'm just trying to keep it all together right now."
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Re: Chickenfoot

Postby frethead » Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:46 am

Music, Maestro!!!

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