Years: 2008 - present
Styles: Blues Rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal
Sammy Hagar - Lead vocals, Rhythm guitar (in band: 2008 - present)
Joe Satriani - Backing vocals, Keyboards, Lead guitar, Piano (in band: 2008 - present)
Michael Anthony - Backing vocals, Bass Guitar (in band: 2008 - present)
Chad Smith - Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion (in band: 2008 - present)
Chickenfoot is a rock supergroup formed in 2008. The group consists of vocalist Sammy Hagar (ex–Van Halen and Montrose), bassist Michael Anthony (also ex–Van Halen), guitarist Joe Satriani, and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Due to consistent recording and touring commitments to the Red Hot Chili Peppers,
According to vocalist Sammy Hagar: "Chickenfoot started off with me, Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith jamming at my club, Cabo Wabo, in Mexico. Then people started asking us when we were going to tour, make a record, etc. So I said if we’re going to do this properly then we’re going to have to get a guitarist, so let’s talk to Joe Satriani. As far as I’m concerned he’s the best guitarist in the world." Hagar, Anthony and Satriani had previously collaborated in 2002 under the name Planet Us.
The band's first performance together was in February 2008 at a Hagar concert in The Pearl Concert Theatre @ The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The show included a three song set which included Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll", Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy" and "Going Down", a song often performed by Hagar and Anthony in their other band, Los Tres Gusanos. Regarding the show, bassist Michael Anthony states: "At that point, we knew the chemistry was there. It was so much fun, and the instant gratification from the audience was great. We decided to take the next step and see what we could do. It was just too much fun to pass up."[
The band's eponymous debut album, Chickenfoot, was released on June 4, 2009. On its release date, Chickenfoot performed the single "Oh Yeah!" on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien. Chickenfoot subsequently began touring in Europe and America.
In October 2009, Smith reconvened with the Red Hot Chili Peppers to begin work on their tenth studio album, ultimately causing Chickenfoot to enter a temporary hiatus. Despite this, the band still appeared on television once more to perform "Sexy Little Thing" and "Oh Yeah" on the November 6, 2009 broadcast of Jimmy Kimmel Live! (taped November 5).
As a guest on VH1 Classic's That Metal Show on April 17, 2010 Joe Satriani confirmed that a second Chickenfoot album was in the works, that he and Sammy Hagar had gotten together for several writing sessions, and that with any luck it would be released in 2010. In the same month, Chickenfoot voiced themselves in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "IAMAPOD".
On May 6, 2010, Chad Smith confirmed that Chickenfoot would be recording their second album in the fall of 2010 after he completes the recording of the next Red Hot Chili Peppers album. Around the same time, Satriani confirmed that a number of songs had been written, including one called "Come Closer," which began simply as a piano and vocal number.
On September 3, 2010, Chickenfoot announced that they were gearing up to record their second album. Although Chad Smith participated in the recording, the band would have to consider a different drummer for touring purposes, as Smith along with the rest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were about to release their next album I'm with You on August 30, 2011 and will follow it up with a subsequent tour.
On June 30, 2011, Michael Anthony told the Van Halen News Desk directly, that the new album will be released on September 27, 2011. The first single from the album, to be released on August 2, 2011, is titled "Big Foot".
Michael Anthony has confirmed that the band plan to tour in the fall of 2011, supporting the release of Chickenfoot III. He said the band are still not sure about a temporary replacement drummer for Chad Smith, though they may play some shows with Chad, and some shows with another drummer filling in for Chad while he is on tour with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
According to Satriani, it is likely that Kenny Aronoff will take over the drumming duties from Smith for the tour promoting the second album, due to the latter's commitments with Red Hot Chili Peppers. This was confirmed on August 27.
The band announced that "Big Foot", the first single off the second album, would make its online debut July 31, 2011, with the single being released to radio and iTunes on August 1, 2011.
On September 24, 2011, Sammy Hagar appeared on That Metal Show on VH1 Classic and admitted that Chickenfoot decided to name their second album "Chickenfoot III" to avoid the dreaded second album drop-off experienced by most bands. He said they just decided to "skip" the second album and make the third album.
The band have recently finished a 10 date Road test tour with Kenny Aronoff, 5 dates in the US, and 5 in Europe. They have also recently performed "Different Devil" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
It was announced on August 28, 2012, that since Chickenfoot's former record label went out of business, and the debut album couldn't be found anywhere, they are re-releasing the debut album with eOne music with bonus live tracks "Lighten Up", "Big Foot", "Last Temptation", and "Something Going Wrong", recorded during the Different Devil tour of Spring 2012.
On November 30, 2012, Chickenfoot's first live album LV was released as part of the Limited Edition Boxset I+III+LV paired with their first and second album in their Limited Edition releases. on December 7, 2012, LV will also see a release on its own.
In a Rolling Stone interview released in October 2014, Hagar stated that although he had enjoyed working with the group, disappointing album sales probably precluded a third Chickenfoot studio album. Satriani also has made similar comments about album sales being a factor that has prevented them from continuing quickly.
The band briefly reunited for only two shows on May 7 and 8, 2016 at Harrah's Showroom at South Lake Tahoe. During the show, the band debuted a brand new song titled "Divine Termination."
Chad Smith discussed the future of Chickenfoot in a June 2016 interview with Rolling Stone. He was asked if Chickenfoot was ever going to tour again to which he replied "We just played a few weeks ago up in Tahoe, but everyone has different things going on. Sam [Hagar] has his own thing with Mike [Anthony] and Joe [Satriani] is on his own tour. We really enjoy playing together, but with my schedule I don't see us playing too much. I would love to make some new music with those guys, but we'd have to be in the same room at the same time. I just don't know. It's up in the air. I love playing with those guys, though. It's a real treat."
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