Joe Satriani recalls how Chickenfoot first got started
It’s been almost a decade since Chickenfoot consisting of lead vocalist Sammy Hagar, guitarist Joe Satriani, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith released a studio album. Chickenfoot formed back in 2008 and released two studio albums Chickenfoot (2009) and Chickenfoot III (2011). The debut album reached gold status in the USA and Canada. In March 2017, Chickenfoot released a compilation / live album titled Best + Live, which had one new song (“Divine Termination”).
With most countries having imposed some sort of lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Satriani has started a series called Club Joe Streaming Sessions. In Episode #2 which aired earlier today via Facebook, Satriani spoke about Chickenfoot and indicated how the group got started in the first place.
Satriani indicated (as transcribed by Sleaze Roxx): “Today, we want to talk about all that fun that we had starting back in 2008. Little early, the early story about Chickenfoot is Sammy Hagar calling me one afternoon screaming on the phone that I had to jump on plane and get to [Las] Vegas so I could get on stage with Mike Anthony, Chad Smith and the one and only, Sammy Hagar, to do a funny jam. I think that it was at the end of one of his solo shows… And so I thought, ‘OK. That would be fun. Hadn’t talked to him in a while.’ I thought it’s a perfect reason to go to Vegas to play some music with a bunch of friends. I guess it turned out that it was so good! And it’s one of those weird things. You’re on stage. You play a bunch of covers and when it’s all over, everybody looks at each other and goes ‘Wow! We should be a band.’ That’s how it got started. That’s how the whole Chickenfoot got started.”
Chickenfoot‘s “Oh Yeah” video: