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    Sammy Hagar Stimulated By Chickenfoot

    May 26, 2009 12:46 PM ET
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    Tired of the tequila-friendly party shows that he's been performing for the last 13 years with his post-Van Halen solo band The Waboritas, Sammy Hagar tells Billboard.com his decision to form Chickenfoot with guitarist Joe Satriani, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith was a challenge he desired as an artist.

    "I just got to a point where I felt I needed to grow," Hagar says. "I was feeling stuck and stagnant. And the whole party thing I created, I just got tired of doing that. You need to eat and feed yourself in order to grow and the best way to do it for me is to start new projects, and I don't want to call this band a project because we're a band. It's just getting together with other people for new input that stimulates and inspires you to become better. That's all there is to it."

    After making its debut at a February 2008 solo Hagar show in Las Vegas, Chickenfoot songwriters Hagar and Satriani started working in earnest last October. The band then reconvened earlier this year to record its self-titled debut effort, which is due out June 9 on Redline Entertainment.

    "I don't think I could have written a record this good by myself in 100 years," Hagar says. "And by getting together with Joe, I think we wrote some amazing songs. It's funny he's in the same place as me. He's tired of being a solo artist. We're all on the same page so much in this band it's scary. And we want to take this thing worldwide. We need to take this to everyone who loves this kind of music. I really think it's Montrose, Van Halen and the thing Chad brings is a deep pocket. He plays this groove that is kind of Zeppelin-esque. We're really coming from everywhere."

    Currently finishing up its debut mini-tour playing clubs, Chickenfoot is set to make its national television debut on during the first week of Conan O’Brien’s "Tonight Show" on Friday June 5. The band then starts looking ahead to a month-long European jaunt beginning June 20 in Austria before returning stateside for a full North American run slated for August and September. Hagar says the group will then take a break while Smith returns to the Chili Peppers to presumably work on recording that band's next studio effort. Chickenfoot may get back together in early 2010 for an Australian tour with another American leg as well.

    While the current outing finds the band playing its debut effort in its entirety, along with unreleased new track "Bitten By The Wolf" and covers such as Montrose's "Bad Motor Scooter" and Deep Purple's "Highway Star," Hagar hints the band isn't adverse to loosening up its set list in the future to include material from the members' star-studded resumes.

    "At some point, I think it will be the next album project and tour when we have more songs under our belt, we'll deconstruct Chickenfoot," Hagar says. "So it'll be a little bit of Joe, a little bit of Sammy, a little bit of Van Halen and maybe a little bit of the Chilis. That'll be a wonderful thing down the road when we're in an arena and doing 'An evening with,' but right now we really want to play all of the new songs. And right now we're paying almost two hours, so it's crazy. It's awesome."


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    Thanks, Chef! Man that article just got me even more excited about this colaboration of musical talent.

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    Great article. Already exctied for the second album haha

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    Note to self: Record Connan O'brien on June 5th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 High View Post
    Note to self: Record Connan O'brien on June 5th.
    Anyone wanna bet on which song they do?

    My vote's for Avenida.
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    "I was feeling stuck and stagnant. And the whole party thing I created, I just got tired of doing that."

    "And by getting together with Joe, I think we wrote some amazing songs. It's funny he's in the same place as me. He's tired of being a solo artist. We're all on the same page so much in this band it's scary."
    Looks like they're here to stay. RIP, Wabos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    Anyone wanna bet on which song they do?

    My vote's for Avenida.
    I was thinking of that song as well or maybe "My kinda Girl." Be nice if they play a couple songs, but that doesn't happen unless they play on SNL.

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    I don't blame Sammy for wanting to do something different. As much as I and others on this board enjoyed his Wabos shows, they were becoming a little stagnant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10 High View Post
    I was thinking of that song as well or maybe "My kinda Girl." Be nice if they play a couple songs, but that doesn't happen unless they play on SNL.
    That would be sick, but SNL is done for the season. Next year maybe! Lets hope!

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    One little thing in there, if Chad is gone to record with the Chili's in 2010, he is probably touring with them in 2011.

    He probably could tour with the Chili's and record with the Foot at the same time, but the RHCP might not be too thrilled with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    Looks like they're here to stay. RIP, Wabos.
    Nah, they're on salary for Sam's solo shows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis5150 View Post
    Nah, they're on salary for Sam's solo shows.
    I think he has them on salary, but has no plans to tour with them.

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    Chad's in two bands?
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    Michael did the impossible. He made Van Halen better. Deal with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowLifeFlatHeadScum View Post
    Looks like they're here to stay. RIP, Wabos.
    Yesssss!!!!

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    Chad's in two bands?
    Uh oh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    One little thing in there, if Chad is gone to record with the Chili's in 2010, he is probably touring with them in 2011.
    This is kind of the first mention of Chad returning to the Peppers in a while, right? I thought from the Musicradar interviews that it was pretty much well known that the Peppers had no plans at all to re-convene. Things change, I know, but this is new news.

 

 

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