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    I notice that they billed me finally for my order of the cd and lp. Whats the chance that we receive these 2 items before the release date of June 7th?

    Also heres the latest interview from SAM interesting as he talks about Joe being the best all around guitarist he ever played with and also talks about Chad and the Peppers and another album of material coming possibly next year from Chickenfoot.


    Longtime rock ‘n’ roll frontman Sammy Hagar knows a great guitarist when he hears one. After all, the Red Rocker has shared the stage with the likes of Ronnie Montrose, Ted Nugent and Eddie Van Halen.

    So you know Hagar knows what he’s talking about when he compliments guitarist Joe Satriani, one of his collaborators in a new band, Chickenfoot. While Hagar and his regular band, the Wabos, will play Friday and Saturday at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, he’s moving on to a new group — in this case, with a guitarist he has long admired.

    “I’ve made this statement a million times — some people don’t like it, some people do — but Joe is the best guitarist I have ever played with,” Hagar said during a recent phone interview. “That’s a strong statement. I realize that. You’ve got to give Eddie (Van Halen) a lot of love for his innovation of what he did as a stylist with the guitar,” Hagar added. “He broke a lot of ground. But Joe is a master. He can play anything and everything — folk, blues, jazz, hard rock, soft rock, fusion, you name it. As a guitar technician, Joe is the best guy I’ve ever stood in the same room with on any instrument. And he’s so soulful when he solos. He puts more feeling into a solo than any other player I’ve been with.”

    Hagar hardly can control the enthusiasm he has for Chickenfoot, a proverbial supergroup featuring Satriani, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and himself.

    “This band is blowing my mind,” Hagar said.

    He’s not alone. The band in May will embark on what Hagar calls a nine-show North American test tour. He calls it a “test” because it will be Chickenfoot’s first live shows before starting a full-scale tour this summer in Europe. The band will return for a tour of the United States in late August or September, Hagar said.

    Although the band’s self-titled debut album won’t be released until June, the nine shows sold out within 40 minutes of going on sale, Hagar said.

    “It’s like early Led Zeppelin with a little Deep Purple and Montrose,” he said when asked to describe Chickenfoot’s sound. “With Mike and I in there and me co-writing all the songs with Joe, you’re also going to get a little Van Halen — Van Hagar, you might say. But every band we ever loved, from the Stones to Cream, is in there. We even get funky every now and then.”

    The idea to form Chickenfoot came from informal jam sessions at Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

    Of course, Hagar and Anthony had played together for decades in Van Halen. Both men found they enjoyed playing with Smith at the jams.

    “Chad Smith is the hardest-hitting … he’s got more chops than any drummer I’ve ever seen with his right foot in the pocket,” Hagar said.

    Once Satriani joined the trio, the jam sessions became a full-time venture.

    “I’m sure Chad is going to have to do something with the Chilis,” Hagar said. “Every time they have a break, he’ll be back with us. We’ll work around it, until maybe it’s more important to everyone than anything else.”

    Hagar’s work with Chickenfoot means the demise of his own band, the Wabos.

    “An era is coming to an end,” he said. “I really want to concentrate on Chickenfoot. I think Chickenfoot probably will go back into the studio next year and make another record. I just don’t see why we would not do that. This is way too good.”

    Hagar said he isn’t parting ways with the Wabos. He’s just putting his focus elsewhere.

    “I’ll keep on paying them,” he said. “Honestly. I want them to stay a band because we’ll still do parties and play the Cabo Wabos.”

    Hagar said there’s no jealousy on the part of Wabos’ guitarist Vic Johnson, drummer David Lauser and bass guitarist Mona.

    “Oh, hell no, man,” Hagar said. “Vic and Dave are the greatest people on the planet. If there were any animosity, I’d say ‘OK guys, you go do your own thing and I’ll do mine.’ But they’ve been so cool about it. Vic’s at the studio with Joe helping him fix the foot pedals before rehearsals. And Mona and Mike are like twins. They’re great people.”
    The Tahoe shows

    When Hagar and the Wabos perform this weekend at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, they’ll cull songs from Montrose, Van Halen, the pre-Van Halen-Red Rocker era, the post-Van Halen era and Hagar’s 2008 studio album, “Cosmic Universal Fashion.”

    “It’ll be a party,” Hagar said. “My fans know that this (The Wabos) is coming to a close.”

    Hagar said he’ll be back in Northern California later this year for several performances with Chickenfoot.

    “We’ll play a Sacramento show, San Jose, maybe Oakland,” he said. “We’ll play a bunch of Bay Area shows because Joe and I are Bay Area boys and Chickenfoot is a Bay Area band.”

    And the Wabos will be back in Tahoe because of the success of Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.

    “If not for the Cabo Wabos, I probably wouldn’t be making music today,” Hagar said. “It’s not profitable enough to work that hard. It’s so … expensive to go on tour this day and age. The cantinas gave people a place to party and drink tequila, listen to loud rock ‘n’ roll music and have a good time.

    “I’m fortunate because I don’t do this (perform) for the money anymore. Let me tell you, it’s a real pleasure to do it this way.”

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    Wow! No idea that its the end (for the most part) of the Wabos. He must be really into Chickenfoot and what it can do.

    I didn't think he was slighting Ed... Joe is a technically more proficient guitar player and more well-versed in other types of music. Though Ed is still my favorite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by spanked55 View Post
    Wow! No idea that its the end (for the most part) of the Wabos. He must be really into Chickenfoot and what it can do.

    I didn't think he was slighting Ed... Joe is a technically more proficient guitar player and more well-versed in other types of music. Though Ed is still my favorite.

    Correct no slight of ed, also putting to bed of the Wabos makes me want this album even more . Another 5 weeks though...bummer

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    Damn. First time we've heard Sam say that. Never thought he'd even consider disbanding the Wabos.
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    Wow, I'm surprised too. No more Wabos.

    That said, I'm all for Chickenfoot becoming a long term entity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Squalen View Post
    Wow, I'm surprised too. No more Wabos.

    That said, I'm all for Chickenfoot becoming a long term entity.
    It puts the saying of a 1 off album to bed, you know now these guys are in it for the long haul. Lets see how this album is received and tour..I think its all good though..

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    Quote Originally Posted by voa38 View Post
    Hagar said he isn’t parting ways with the Wabos. He’s just putting his focus elsewhere.

    “I’ll keep on paying them,” he said. “Honestly. I want them to stay a band because we’ll still do parties and play the Cabo Wabos.”

    Hagar said there’s no jealousy on the part of Wabos’ guitarist Vic Johnson, drummer David Lauser and bass guitarist Mona.

    “Oh, hell no, man,” Hagar said. “Vic and Dave are the greatest people on the planet. If there were any animosity, I’d say ‘OK guys, you go do your own thing and I’ll do mine.’ But they’ve been so cool about it. Vic’s at the studio with Joe helping him fix the foot pedals before rehearsals. And Mona and Mike are like twins. They’re great people.”
    From what I read here (see highlighted sections), there will still be Wabos, just not as frequently.
    And, if not, why would Sam keep them on the payroll?
    That would be a pretty KEWL gig to have - getting payed for doing NOTHING.
    OF COURSE there's no jealousy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixstring View Post
    And, if not, why would Sam keep them on the payroll?
    That would be a pretty KEWL gig to have - getting payed for doing NOTHING.
    OF COURSE there's no jealousy!

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    Kinda goes a long way to explain some of the Vic/Mona hate around here, eh Bill?
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    Well this is a surprise. I absolutely love the space the Wabo's occupy. Dang.

    I know bro has a side project with Alliance. I hope this isn't the last we hear from Vic and Mona. I have had the pleasure of meeting them both. Two fan friendly stellar human beings.
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    The release date has changed again, but maybe for the good now June 5th in america.

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    True that with the quality of the music, it makes sense. It's cool to think a second album will be out in the near future... a nice change from the "no news is good news" we've had from this other band for so long.
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    I'm taking an optimistic view of the Wabos situation. I think you'll hear them again when/if the Chilis get back together and/or Sammy is looking for something to do while Chickenfoot is on siesta.

 

 

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