IN THE HENHOUSE.....The wait is
finally over for the highly anticipated debut release of
The Ego friendly group of veteran
musicians just finished up the Club Circuit “Road Test”
tour to rave reviews as they prepare to take the show on the road
over seas through mid-July.
had the great fortune to witness the band
strut their stuff first hand at the MOD CLUB in
over Memorial Day weekend as they smoked the packed house
to perfection with a high energy two hour set.
nothing to gain as they’ve all cemented their careers long before
this venture, the Happy half of
ANTHONY, along with
drummer CHAD SMITH
& guitar virtuoso JOE SATRIANI played with a sense of pride and purpose
showcasing their new tunes.
With over four
decades under his belt at the age of 61
continues to defy nature with his throat thrashing vocals.
section of SMITH
were absolutely bombastic from the first song of the set,
pulverizing the album’s first track “Avenida Revolution”.
As for JOE SATRIANI, the
unassuming original guitar hero let his fingers do the talking.
Grinning the entire set, SATCH was in a zone as he clearly
thrived in his new band setting, savoring every note of the new
material he helped hatch.
Make no bones about it
CHICKENFOOT is all about a group of supreme musicians who’ve
been bringing it to the music masses for decades gathering
together & spicing up the original Rock ‘n’ Roll Recipe.
The band has just announced the 1st
leg of its North American Summer Tour with a couple of stops in
nearby Toronto, Cleveland and Pittsburgh beginning in August.
www.chickenfoot.us for dates &
ticket information as they take their debut record on the road
performing songs from their smokin’ new disc, including a couple
of summertime scorchers “Sexy Little Thing” & “Oh
had the chance to chat with CHICKENFOOT’S Rock ‘n’ Roll
Hall of Fame bassist
enroute to their gig in
great to speak with you again. We
really appreciate you taking time out for the
in the middle of the
CHICKENFOOT “Road Test” tour.
MICHAEL --Hey Ross before we get
started I have a quick question for you.
MICHAEL- You didn’t just get finished talking to
CHAD did you?
--Good, I’ve I had to follow
CHAD on a few
interviews today & had to clean up that boys mess every time.
Ross CAT -
That’s a perfect segue to one of my first questions, whose going
to wind up in the insane asylum after this tour?
like you’ve had some interaction with the rest of my bandmates;,
it’s a little too early in the tour to tell but I’m putting my
Ross CAT -
As you said it’s early in the tour so I think we should wait and
see who’s in the straight jacket by the end of the summer.
Now that you mention it SATRIANI may
end up losing his marbles having to be on the road with the three
of us before it’s all said and done.
Excellent point, lets dive into
the new record. Congratulations on the success of this unparalled
project thus far; considering it’s only in its embryonic stages do
you feel the band is just scratching the surface with this first
so much and yes I do. This truly is a band in every sense of the
word, I know the term “Supergroup” has been bantered around but to
me I think that’s a misrepresentation of what we’re all about this
isn’t a manufactured one off venture.
We got together as a
group of friends to jam for the love of music, the entire process
has been organic from the very beginning.
CHAD, SAMMY and I have
played together on numerous occasions down in CABO at the
Cantina. JOE got sucked into the mix in February 2008 on Super
Bowl weekend when SAMMY was playing in Vegas.
We decided to do
something a little different for the encore so we got together and
played a couple of Rock standards I think it was “Dear Mr.
Fantasy” from TRAFFIC and ZEPPELIN’S “Rock ‘n’ Roll”. That was
the very first time we had ever taken the stage collectively in
front of an audience and the place just absolutely erupted.
Ross CAT -
I wanted to touch on the fact
that you and SAMMY
waited for the proper vehicle before recording any new material.
While you’ve played together on various projects since your final
departure from VAN
HALEN following the 2004
tour you haven’t released any new music until CHICKENFOOT.
question you & SAMMY
share a rare & distinct vocal chemistry; do you feel the
CHICKENFOOT lineup takes any VAN HALEN
comparisons out of the equation by assembling a group of
established musicians like CHAD
MICHAEL --I really do. It wasn’t
like we reacted to what anyone else was saying or doing, it’s just
a group of gifted musicians getting together and doing what they
love to do. It just so happens that those jam sessions lead us to
some creative common ground.
We’re extremely proud of
what we’ve done in our pasts musically but for the initial stages
of the tour we are consciously staying away from doing any VAN
HALEN, CHILI PEPPERS or anything from SATCH’S amazing solo
This project is all
about a new band presenting new songs; what makes it even more
exciting is the prospect of playing them live for the fans.
On this little Club
Circuit tour, we’ve been tearing through the entire album along
with the bonus track “Bitten by the Wolf”.
For the encore we’ve
been kicking around a couple of oldies that we
thought people might like to hear, “Highway
and “Bad Motor Scooter”. While the latter
is a tune SAMMY wrote with MONTROSE it’s the perfect song for him
to strap on the guitar and slug it out a little with SATCH on
stage, it’s been an absolute riot.
and you working together is like
cracking open a bottle of JD or
almost second nature.
differences have you recognized in
as a singer/songwriter in this collaborative coop called
MICHAEL --Working with
as long as I have and playing with his band the WABORITA’S that
music comes from a different place. His music with the WABO’S is
about a South of the Border life style, a party vibe so to speak.
There’s a time and place
for that type of music; the past year or so we’ve had discussions
about wanting to get back to the Roots of Rock and CHICKENFOOT
presented us with that opportunity.
I really dig the lyrics
that SAMMY wrote on this record its some of the best songs he’s
written in a long time, for instance the song “Learning To Fall”
you can tell SAMMY’S really digging deep. JOE came in with the
music for that song and SAMMY just ran with the lyrics.
Trust me when I tell you
that SAMMY is taking this project very seriously, I can tell
because you know how long it’s been since I’ve seen that guy put
on a pair of long pants for anything.
Ross CAT -
Speaking of digging deep, one of
the many stand out contributions to the record is the return of
your hulking harmonies that have been sorely missed. How did it
feel to let loose vocally again on this new collection of songs?
man, its one of the things that I really miss about my time with
VAN HALEN. Even when GARY CHERONE stepped into the band I barely
did any background vocals at all on that record and there are some
really solid songs that got overlooked.
SAMMY and I made a
conscious effort to bring the harmonies to the forefront with
CHICKENFOOT. We’re well aware that we have a very strong identity
between our voices from our days in VAN HALEN and we’re having a
blast tapping into that again.
Lets talk about
SATCH, he’s had numerous opportunities over his
illustrious solo career to join other groups including replacing
RITCHIE BLACKMORE in
PURPLE, what finally swayed him into
making a commitment to
put it this way would you rather join a band and have to play
RITCHIE BLACKMORE songs or would you want to be in a band with
free artistic reign as a guitarist.
I really think JOE is
having a great time with this despite the pressure that this
project brings being a revolutionary instrumentalist.
I think the
fans that are going to come to these shows will witness & come to
appreciate a unique kind of playing style from JOE SATRIANI.
Lets touch on
who’s been the pulse of the
HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Who would have
ever guessed that the RED
would take a back seat on the crazy train in any band?
yes Mr. SMITH is quite the character. This man is just a kick ass
in your face
Detroit Rocker from way
back. He brings that CHILI PEPPER funk to the party; as a bass
player looking back at him smilin’ like a crazy man just fires me
up even more on stage.
& SATCH are two weapons that aren’t so secret in the CHICKENFOOT
arsenal, they’re just gonna blow people away on the tour this
Legendary producer ANDY JOHNS is behind the glass for the debut
Was he a
natural choice having worked with him on the
“For Unlawful Carnal
Knowledge” album; not
to mention his background working with heavyweight Rockers the
likes of LED ZEPPELIN & the ROLLING STONES?
I love that guy to death, I had such a great time
personally and professionally on that
record; I’m probably
a little biased because he’s a bass guy
He’s a great
hands on type of producer; ANDY’S not afraid to mix it up inside
the recording session, he’s in the thick of things getting his
hands dirty, he’s literally the fifth member of the band.
We couldn’t be happier
with how the songs all turned out; I think he really captured what
we were striving for musically as a group. He had his hands full
but at the end of the day he roped us in when he thought we may
have taken something a little too far. He has a knack for knowing
when a song has peaked and when it’s time to walk away.
Reports from the “Road Test” tour have
saying ANDY was hospitalized not too long after the record was
done, what the Hell did you guys do to the poor guy?
we’d like to think that it wasn’t us but who’s to say. ANDY had
an ulcer situation which really didn’t come out until he had to
JOE. As it stands ANDY
is doin just fine and SATCH is the one who put him in the hospital
that’s what where goin with in the CHICKENFOOT camp.
Poor JOE, he’s the low key down
to earth kinda guy, how’s he surviving all the CHICKENFOOT chaos
MICHAEL - You
know what they say about the quiet ones. We’re trying top keep
JOE away from all the bad influences like
the CABO WABO
Tequila, you just never know he might be
a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
overwhelming demand the debut release date was pushed up by four
days, the “Foot” dropped this past Friday globally,
highlighted with a Best Buy in store appearance by the band in Los
as always would like to Thank
our friend Jessica Erskine from Rogers & Cowan.
Special shout out to Gus Griesinger
the live shots from the MOD CLUB show in