Release Date: Jun 5, 2009
Record label: Fontana
How tempting is it to describe this supergroup’s debut, Chickenfoot, as ”fowl”? Very, not least when Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith get serious with their subject matter: ”Avenida Revolution,” which concerns the Tijuana drug wars, is a tiresome slice of sub-Metallica rock. But more upbeat tracks like ”Sexy ?Little Thing” boast the kind of party-happy groove you might expect from a band whose frontman is almost as famous for ?tequila as music. C+ Download This: Listen to the song Sexy Little Thing at last.fm .
Supergroups are often motley groups seemingly formed at the end of an after-concert party but few are quite as strange as Chickenfoot, an endeavor featuring Van Halen's Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, guitar legend Joe Satriani, and drummer Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. These four musicians are tied together by their many years playing in the arena rock trenches, a circuit that doesn't necessarily yield common musical ground although it does lend its veterans a certain knack for pleasing crowds. This eagerness is evident on the band's eponymous 2009 debut, which should come as no surprise seeing that Sammy Hagar has never seen a party he couldn't rock, but this mentality doesn't quite jibe with Satriani's immaculate, tightly controlled playing.