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EDITORS’ NOTES

Chickenfoot’s humorously named second album, III, features more of the solid hard rock one would expect from the quartet of Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith. This is exactly what hard rock fans have been clamoring for. The beats are solid, the chords are pure power, and Hagar’s vocals are the kind of heartland rock he brought to Montrose, his solo career, and his years with Van Halen. Had this been released in the ‘80s, it would have been the hardest-sounding mainstream hard rock available. “Last Temptation” and “Alright Alright” evoke memories of the arenas where this music belongs. “Different Devil” is the group’s idea of mellowing out—that is, not by much. A master guitarist, Satriani turns the ordinary into the extraordinary with flashes of sheer complexity on rockers like “Up Next,” “Lighten Up,” and “Big Foot,” where boogie, funk, R&B, and heavy metal come together flawlessly. Hagar’s scream of “I need a job” on the pulverizing “Three and a Half Letters” might be an anthem for the recession victims of the 2000s.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chickenfoot’s humorously named second album, III, features more of the solid hard rock one would expect from the quartet of Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith. This is exactly what hard rock fans have been clamoring for. The beats are solid, the chords are pure power, and Hagar’s vocals are the kind of heartland rock he brought to Montrose, his solo career, and his years with Van Halen. Had this been released in the ‘80s, it would have been the hardest-sounding mainstream hard rock available. “Last Temptation” and “Alright Alright” evoke memories of the arenas where this music belongs. “Different Devil” is the group’s idea of mellowing out—that is, not by much. A master guitarist, Satriani turns the ordinary into the extraordinary with flashes of sheer complexity on rockers like “Up Next,” “Lighten Up,” and “Big Foot,” where boogie, funk, R&B, and heavy metal come together flawlessly. Hagar’s scream of “I need a job” on the pulverizing “Three and a Half Letters” might be an anthem for the recession victims of the 2000s.

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About Chickenfoot

Formed in 2008, the hard-rocking "supergroup" Chickenfoot features the talents of vocalist Sammy Hagar (Van Halen, Montrose), bass player Michael Anthony (Van Halen), drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani. Formed out of a series of impromptu jams at Hagar's club, Cabo Wabo Cantina, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, the band made its live debut at a 2008 Hagar solo show in Las Vegas before deciding to take its signature blend of high-energy rock & roll, funk, blues, and roots rock into the studio. Chickenfoot released its eponymous debut album in 2009, followed by a worldwide tour. The live Get Your Buzz On DVD arrived in 2010, followed by the band's second studio album, Chickenfoot III, in 2011. A limited-edition live album, LV, appeared in 2012. In 2017, the band delivered the collection Best + Live, which featured one new song ("Divine Termination"), representative selections from both studio albums, and live tracks taken from the Get Your Buzz On DVD. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • FORMED
    2008

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