Before even releasing their self-titled debut on June 9th, new rock supergroup Chickenfoot have already sold out all nine road-test concerts they had planned for May. The quartet — which features former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Mike Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani — posted on their official site, "Beyond our expectations, the public on-sales for the nine road-test shows sold out all tickets in record time. The band was blown away by your response and can't wait to take the show on the road!"
Because tickets for the shows are so scarce and in such high demand, the band has instituted an anti-scalping policy for the concerts, requiring each ticket owner to show ID at the door for each show. Demand for tix was so great, members of the group's new fan club were even shut out. However, the band promises to hit the road once again, at bigger venues, in August and September during a major North American tour. "The boys are in rehearsal this week, and we'll see you on the road!" they promise.
Also on the Chickenfoot site, the band has posted a introductory video, with Chad Smith poking fun at his resemblance to actor Will Ferrell by calling himself "Ricky Bobby" and making a couple of Talladega Nights jokes. We also learn Mike Anthony has both a really awesome kitchen and a shy parrot and that Joe Satriani feels more comfortable communicating with a Satriani puppet.
"We spent a lot of time together in the recording studio working long hours to make Chickenfoot live up to expectations," Satriani recently said. "We really feel like we've mastered it and recorded a great album but now we're especially excited to take the show on the road and see how the fans react to it live. I think we are really going to feed off of the fan's energy. We're really that type of band."
The sold-out dates include:
May 14 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 15 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 17 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
May 19 - West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
May 22 - Chicago, IL @ Park West
May 24 - Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club Theatre
May 26 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
May 28 - New York, NY @ The Fillmore
May 29 - Philadelphia, PA @ TLA