Chickenfoot – the sum of the stunning parts is not a stunning whole

I first heard that Joe Satriani (Guitarist Extraordinaire), Sammy Hagar (ex-Van Halen), Michael Anthony  (ex-Van Halen) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) had teamed up to form a supergroup in Guitarist magazine yesterday while reading it on the toilet. “Holy Moly!” I exclaimed! Joe Satriani in a band! With those other guys! It must be totally awesome! I’m gonna rush out and buy it! Then, I promptly forgot about it.

Today, I found some songs of theirs on YouTube and, well, ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz it’s booooring. I listened to two tracks – Down the Drain and Soap on a Rope. Both are mid-tempo stompers and probably the sort of music that Jocks will listen too while driving to the gym, and frankly, despite the musical pedigrees of the individual members, the songs (ok so I only heard two, but hey – that’s more chance than your average radio-listener gives to whatever is on the Corporate whore playlists…) are downright dull. Nothing creative going on here – sounds like they got into Hagar’s giant garage, one of them started the most generic rock riffing possible, the rest joined in, Hagar screamed something unintelligible and they recorded it. Satch’s soloing is largely uninspired pentatonic noodling with little of his signature invention on display which I found disappointing.

I can just see the rhetoric in the Rock and Guitar press now: “Hagar: From the first note it just felt so right. We had this instant chemistry!”  Dudes – anytime you plug a guitar into a loud distorted amp and hit an E chord it feels so right. Doesn’t mean you inflict more cookie-cutter side-project detritus onto the world – we don’t want it – give us something *new*.

The Interweb (1 million pre-pubescent males commenting on YouTube with vocabularies consisting of the words ownd, pwnd, gay, pussy, fag) is comparing them to Van Halen of course, but also – Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin; purleeassse….

Make up your own minds here:


2 Responses to “Chickenfoot – the sum of the stunning parts is not a stunning whole”

  1. Chickenfoot is a major dissapointment. And WHAT is going on with Joe Satriani’s guitar tone? oh dear oh dear

  2. edizzle Says:

    pretty generic rock, sounds like filler on an old van halen album, waiting for the 1 good saviour song that rocks up the charts

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