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    Chickenfoot: Two Chad Smith interviews
    Wednesday, 27 May 2009
    There’s two new interviews with Chickenfoot’s drummer, Chad Smith. Below are excerpts from both of them, and links to both full interviews:

    From BostonHerald.com:

    Red Hot Van Halen Chili

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    Boston Herald: You seem like you exist in a different universe from the ex-Van Halen crew, how’d you meet these guys?

    Chad Smith: We hooked up through eHarmony. Or was it Match.com? Our profiles just clicked, “Male, digs late-’60s and ’70s hard rock, likes to get drunk.” No, I met Sam in Mexico when I was on vacation. You know, he’s like the mayor down there in Cabo. So I stopped into his place and next thing I know he’s like, “Let’s jam!” He’s like Mr. Energizer Bunny, he just goes and goes.
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    Four legends: Veteran rock gods crank it up in a new direction

    Here’s an excerpt:

    Although the band could sell out much larger venues, Chickenfoot decided to road test the music on a club tour, which stops at the Middle East Downstairs - which, with a capacity of 575, is the smallest venue on the tour, according to Smith - next Tuesday. The show is sold out.

    “We don’t want to come off like, ‘Oh yeah, we’ll go play this sports arena,’ ” says Smith, who, at 47, is the youngest member of the group. (Satriani’s 52, Anthony 54, and Hagar 61.) “We’re playing all of our own music. We’re not playing Van Halen, Chili Peppers, Joe, nothing. This is a whole separate thing, and it has to fly on its own merit, so we’re taking it to the street like a new band.”

    Chickenfoot will play larger venues in late summer, but for now, Smith is enjoying the rush of the new at the small gigs. “I haven’t felt that in a long time,” he says.

    One thing Chickenfoot won’t be doing is worrying about whether this project makes any money.

    “We’re all very rich, especially if Joe wins that Coldplay lawsuit and gets some of that Gwyneth Paltrow money,” Smith says with another laugh. “Sammy’s [expletive] loaded. It’s so funny, we’re on tour and we’re playing 600-seat clubs and we’re staying at the Four Seasons and flying on a private plane. It’s definitely clearly for the music. No one has anything to prove. Why would you want to do this when you could just kick it? It’s because we’re really digging the music and having a good time.”

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    “We’re all very rich, especially if Joe wins that Coldplay lawsuit and gets some of that Gwyneth Paltrow money,” Smith says with another laugh.

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    From The Boston Herald...

    Red Hot Van Halen Chili
    Recipe for a hard-rock supergroup

    By Jed Gottlieb | Friday, May 22, 2009 | Music News


    Chad Smith knows loud. He also knows fast and hard and epic.

    As the guy behind the kit for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smith has loads of experience driving high-velocity punk-funk. What’s new to him is keeping the beat for some older guys, ones he’s worshiped since he was a kid.

    In Chickenfoot, which plays a sold-out show in Cambridge at the Middle East on Tuesday, Smith teams with two former members of Van Halen - singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, both teenage idols of his - and guitar whiz Joe Satriani. For a seasoned rock star, Smith is pretty giddy about his new drinking buddies, as we found out when he got on the phone from his Los Angeles home.

    Herald: You seem like you exist in a different universe from the ex-Van Halen crew, how’d you meet these guys?

    Smith: We hooked up through eHarmony. Or was it Match.com? Our profiles just clicked, “Male, digs late-’60s and ’70s hard rock, likes to get drunk.” No, I met Sam in Mexico when I was on vacation. You know, he’s like the mayor down there in Cabo. So I stopped into his place and next thing I know he’s like, “Let’s jam!” He’s like Mr. Energizer Bunny, he just goes and goes.

    And you guys actually dug playing so much that you had to make an album (“Chickenfoot,” in stores June 9)?

    People are always jamming together, but schedules never work. So, I told Sammy that the Chili Peppers were taking some time off and this was the time for me to do it and make an album. He was like, “Sure, but I’m not a good enough guitar player to play with you and Mike.” (Laughs) So he called Joe, and we started to make a record.

    Did it take some time to find common ground?

    Things clicked right off. That was kind of the beauty of it. The first time we got together for a weekend, we recorded like seven or eight songs.

    Joe has said the song “Down the Drain” was written on the spot. True?

    Totally. I’ve done some spontaneous (expletive) with the Chili Peppers but I never pulled a song out of the air like that. Joe was doing this little intro thing, and I jumped in. We only played it once, and it was about done. You can hear us actually creating the song on the record. Sam couldn’t come up with all the words right there, but he had the “Down the Drain” part right away. So what you hear on the CD is what happened in that moment of time.

    Have you played “Chickenfoot” for the other Peppers?

    John (Frusciante) is in Europe, so I haven’t seen him for a while, but I just saw Anthony (Kiedis) and Flea. They haven’t seen us yet, and they’re not going to see us tonight at our gig at the Roxy because they’re going to the Lakers game, which is what I kinda wish I was doing. (Laughs) But they’re into the idea. Anthony was like, “Wow, go for it, have fun.” And Flea just wanted to know what it was like to play with Michael Anthony.

    Is it hard not to be star-struck?

    I try not to get too fanboy on Mike. I mean, I saw Van Halen in high school open up for Journey right when they got Steve Perry. I could give a (expletive) about Journey, but Van Halen was awesome. Then I saw them again around ’78 open for Black Sabbath. And Mike is really cool and will talk about anything. But it’s great when we’re playing. We’re peers.


    From Boston.com

    Four legends
    Veteran rock gods crank it up in a new direction

    By Sarah Rodman
    Globe Staff / May 22, 2009

    The lineup reads like the setup for some bizarre musical joke: Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith walk into a bar . . .

    In this particular case, the bar would be former Van Halen frontman Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and the punch line would be that the unlikely quartet walked out a brand-new band called Chickenfoot.

    On the phone from his Malibu home, Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, sounds as befuddled as anyone by how he, guitar god Satriani, and the non-namesake half of Van Halen, version 2.0, Hagar and Anthony, became Chickenfoot.

    "I used to see Sam down in Mexico - he's like the mayor down there," Smith says with a chuckle of famous party animal Hagar. "I went to his club and we hit it off, and from then on whenever I'd see him we'd jam and that was the beginning of it."

    When Smith got a break from his multiplatinum day job, he told Hagar, who had been playing with bassist Anthony consistently since departing Van Halen, the time was ripe for the group effort they'd been discussing. "And he was like, 'Yeah, but I'm not a good enough guitar player, we've got to get a real guitar player.' "

    Enter Satriani, the influential six-string virtuoso who rose to the top of the solo shredder heap in the '80s with albums like "Surfing With the Alien" and more recently in the news for filing a copyright-infringement lawsuit against Coldplay. (Satriani contends the British band's song "Viva La Vida" lifts "substantial original portions" of his song "If I Could Fly.")

    The band's self-titled debut comes out June 5 and is a stew of all the members' influences with straight-up hard rock serving as the common ground between flights of funk and fusion.

    Although the band could sell out much larger venues, Chickenfoot decided to road test the music on a club tour, which stops at the Middle East Downstairs - which, with a capacity of 575, is the smallest venue on the tour, according to Smith - next Tuesday. The show is sold out.

    "We don't want to come off like, 'Oh yeah, we'll go play this sports arena,' " says Smith, who, at 47, is the youngest member of the group. (Satriani's 52, Anthony 54, and Hagar 61.) "We're playing all of our own music. We're not playing Van Halen, Chili Peppers, Joe, nothing. This is a whole separate thing, and it has to fly on its own merit, so we're taking it to the street like a new band."

    Chickenfoot will play larger venues in late summer, but for now, Smith is enjoying the rush of the new at the small gigs. "I haven't felt that in a long time," he says.

    That excitement is palpable among fans as well, who sold out the tour in minutes. Josh Smith, the agent who booked the Middle East show for promoter Mass Concerts, has a personal as well as professional interest. A former drummer, he grew up digging Smith's dexterous work with the Chili Peppers. "These guys are legends," he says. "It would be hard to not at least be curious as to what they will be doing together."

    One thing Chickenfoot won't be doing is worrying about whether this project makes any money.

    "We're all very rich, especially if Joe wins that Coldplay lawsuit and gets some of that Gwyneth Paltrow money," Smith says with another laugh. "Sammy's [expletive] loaded. It's so funny, we're on tour and we're playing 600-seat clubs and we're staying at the Four Seasons and flying on a private plane. It's definitely clearly for the music. No one has anything to prove. Why would you want to do this when you could just kick it? It's because we're really digging the music and having a good time."
    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
    George Bernard Shaw

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    Quote Originally Posted by cav View Post
    “We’re all very rich, especially if Joe wins that Coldplay lawsuit and gets some of that Gwyneth Paltrow money,”
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    Can somebody explain, to this old fart, what the Gwenyth Platrow reference is all about? I understand the Coldplay part, but not the hot blond chick thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrockinmonkeyboy View Post
    Can somebody explain, to this old fart, what the Gwenyth Platrow reference is all about? I understand the Coldplay part, but not the hot blond chick thing.
    She is married to the lead singer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    She is married to the lead singer.
    Ahhhhhhhhhhh. Got it. Thank You my good man.
    "Jesus, that fucker just crawled out of his hen house that was destroyed by the Alabama tornados. Fucking 280mph plus winds sucked the gleam off this bitch and passed it on to a bird in Rhoad Island." - Hurricane Halen 5/3/11 (about my birthday chicken from seenbad)

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    Watching Chad/RHCP concert on PALLADIA right now...

    Damn shame, all the shots on this show seem to forget there's a drummer on stage...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    I try not to get too fanboy on Mike. I mean, I saw Van Halen in high school open up for Journey right when they got Steve Perry. I could give a (expletive) about Journey, but Van Halen was awesome. Then I saw them again around ’78 open for Black Sabbath.

    And Mike is really cool and will talk about anything. But it’s great when we’re playing. We’re peers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 47 View Post
    I'm not sure what in the hell you are up at the moment 47, yet it does not appear to be at all funny.

    If you have issues, contact me. Otherwise...read the sig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    I'm not sure what the fuck you are up at the moment 47, yet it does not appear to be at all funny.

    If you have issues, contact me. Otherwise...read the sig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    I'm not sure what in the hell you are up at the moment 47, yet it does not appear to be at all funny.

    If you have issues, contact me. Otherwise...read the sig.
    I was quoting Chad through your quote Gomer. It took for ever to edit and pissed you off all at once somehow.

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    Default here... feel better?

    Just ripped this from where ever.


    I try not to get too fanboy on Mike. I mean, I saw Van Halen in high school open up for Journey right when they got Steve Perry. I could give a (expletive) about Journey, but Van Halen was awesome. Then I saw them again around ’78 open for Black Sabbath. And Mike is really cool and will talk about anything. But it’s great when we’re playing. We’re peers.

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    Read your PM, dufus.
    "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man."
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