Live at the Bospop festival, 2009. Left to right: Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Chad Smith.
|Origin||Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico|
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 Smith's consistent recording and touring commitments to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kenny Aronoff joined the group in 2011 as a touring replacement drummer. While the band has not formally announced a breakup, in June 2016 Smith said that he had doubts about its survival due to their busy schedules.
The group has released two studio albums, one live album and one box set.
While the band's name and logo are a disparaging term for the peace symbol, the "footprint of the chicken," bassist Michael Anthony asserts that the name originated from initial jam sessions between Hagar, Smith, and himself: "[T]here are three talons on a chicken's foot and there [were] three of us." Anthony later stated: "[I]t was just supposed to be a bullshit name that we'd used for a while, and then [when] the rumors spread about the band, everybody used that name so we thought, '[F]uck it, let's call it Chickenfoot'--it all comes down to the music anyway." Chickenfoot's second studio album, Chickenfoot III, was released on September 27, 2011.
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.
During breaks in Satriani's touring schedule, the four-piece gathered in Hagar's home to record demos, and ultimately recorded a full-length album at Skywalker Sound. 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).
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. The band said they are considering plans to audition different drummers and possibly find a drummer to fill in for Smith. On January 21, 2011, Michael Anthony confirmed that the band would enter the studio on January 29, 2011, along with Chad Smith who will record the drums for the album, though as stated before, he will not be touring with the band due to his commitments with Red Hot Chili Peppers. On March 11, 2011, Sammy Hagar confirmed that the band had been recording with Mike Fraser, a Canadian producer, engineer, and mixer. He also confirmed that they had 12 songs worked up and that some of titles are, 'No Change,' 'Who's Next,' 'Astral Years,' and 'I Ain't Got You, I Got The Two By Blues.' The official title for the new album is Chickenfoot III (three). Sammy Hagar says "It's the working title, but I guarantee it'll stick.",Chickenfoot III is due to be released in fall 2011 with the album cover being in 3-D. Hagar also stated the band are also planning to do a third, fourth, and greatest hits albums sometime in the future.
On July 6, 2011, it was announced that the band signed a new distribution deal with eOne Music in North America. Also, the title for the new album was confirmed to be Chickenfoot III. On July 8, 2011, the band posted a teaser of one of their new songs online with this message: "Attention Foot Soldiers... Get Your Boots On".
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.
On September 27, for the release of III, the band played a live concert via webcast from TRI Studios in California. A fan Q&A followed the performance. They also played a show at the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico on October 9, 2011. The 2012 "Different Devil" summer US tour started on May 4 in South Lake Tahoe, and included at least 20 dates. 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.
In Sept 2015, Joe Satriani confirmed that the band was working on a new song with possibly more to come - "I think all my complaining and foot stomping really had an effect, because it was really bothering me and I still, philosophically, just felt like there was a really big disconnect there between me and some of the other members of Chickenfoot". He went on to add "and I can happily tell you now that there is a track that is circulating through the band". There was no time line given for the release of the new music, but according to Satriani "there's hope".
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.
Hagar shared his plans for the band in November 2017, during an appearance on the "Trunk Nation" show on SiriusXM channel Volume: "Joe and I have been talking, when he finishes his [solo] tour next June, if he has enough time and if Chad's available, about doing another Chickenfoot record. And if they can't do it, if we can't all get together, then I'm gonna do a Circle record. It's gonna be one or the other. Those are my two favorite bands in the world. And I would like to do a Circle record."
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|BEST + LIVE||
|"Soap on a Rope"||--|
|"Sexy Little Thing"||40|
|2010||"Get It Up"||--|
|"My Kinda Girl"||--|
|2011||"Big Foot"||32||Chickenfoot III|
|"Three and a Half Letters"||--|
|2013||"Something Going Wrong"||--||LV|
|2017||"Divine Termination"||--||BEST + LIVE|
|"--" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2009||"Oh Yeah"||Jon Luini & Arthur Rosato|
|"Soap on a Rope"||Jon Luini & Arthur Rosato|
|"Sexy Little Thing"||Meat & Potatoes|
|2010||"Get It Up"||Darin Bristow|
|"My Kind of Girl"||Meat & Potatoes|
|2011||"Big Foot"||Zan Passante & Jon Hill|
|"Three and a Half Letters"||Arthur Rosato|
|2009||Chickenfoot Deluxe Limited Edition CD+DVD|
|2010||Get Your Buzz On Live|