In the Mood For Chicken?

Forget a lucky rabbit’s foot. It’s all about Chickenfoot – the new rock supergroup that combines the talents of former Van Halen members singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony along with guitarist Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

The band has big news including a release date for its debut album and a European spring tour.

Chickenfoot will be sharing its crazy blend of rock ’n’ roll through a number of festival appearances throughout June and July.

Photo: Alan M. Poulin /
The Pageant, St. Louis, Mo.

Dates on the books kick off with a spot at the Nova Rock Festival at Pannonia Fields in Nickelsdorf, Austria, June 20 and conclude with a performance at Bospop Festival at Sportpark Boshoven in Weert, Netherlands, July 12.

Additional shows include O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London (June 25), Olympia in Paris (June 29) Pistoia Blues Festival at Piazza Duomo in Pistoia, Italy (July 3), and Grosse Freiheit 36 in Hamburg, Germany (July 7).

Chickenfoot’s debut, self-titled album is set for release in June. The album will be released in Germany June 5, in the U.K. June 8 and in the U.S. in Best Buy stores June 7.

So … Chickenfoot. What’s up with that random name? A press release for the guys admits it’s a silly name, especially because the band and their new album “kicks a donkey’s ass six ways to Sunday and back again.” Whoa. That’s no joke.

Photo: Paul Parks
Guitar god Joe Satriani plays Humphrey’s By The Bay in San Diego.

The band came to be after a series of jams held at Hagar’s club, Cabo Wabo Cantina, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. (Hmmm, maybe they were chowing down on some chicken in-between songs?)

“I really wasn’t looking to have a real band, but when I got involved with these guys, only a fool would say, ‘No, I’m not going to do this,’ Hagar said. “The minute we started jamming it was obvious, like, ‘This is something that needs to be heard.'”

Here’s what Satriani had to say about Chickenfoot:

“People have this idea of what this band is about, or what Sammy Hagar is about as a lyricist and a vocalist. The thing is that we manage to get each guy to up his game in a non-confrontational way. When I play with Chickenfoot, I find myself wanting to give them more all the time. I don’t hold anything back. I think the rest of the guys feel the same way.”

Check out Chickenfoot’s Web site here and the band’s MySpace page here.