Chickenfoot Supergroup of Van Halen, Chili Peppers Members, Satriani Ready Debut

March 25, 2009 2:49 PM ET

As the Smoking Section previously reported, former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitar virtuoso/filer of Coldplay lawsuits Joe Satriani have banded together to form the supergroup Chickenfoot. According to Blabbermouth, the band's self-titled debut album will be released via Best Buy on Sunday, June 7th (a press release confirms a June release, but doesn't name a specific date or mention any Best Buy deal). The quartet made its live debut at a private performance in Anaheim on March 18th.

Hagar recently told Rolling Stone each member's rock roots play a role in the band's music. "Kind of like who we are. Like kind of Zeppelin, Van Halen ­you know hard rock-y, Rush-y, kind of progressive a little bit. Hard rock. Hard sophisticated rock," Hagar said, adding that "Joe Satriani, he's the doctor man. He is the professor, this guy ­he's awesome."

The album will reportedly include 11 tracks and some heat-sensitive artwork, meaning if you put your hand over the band's square peace sign logo, the black space will fade and reveal pictures of the band. No one's buying CDs anymore, you need to be inventive these days. Hagar told RS that the band got its name because before Satriani was hired on, "There was three of us, three toes. And we're funky." The trio often jammed in Hagar's adopted home base of Cabo San Lucas, where the former Van Halen members would perform with Smith at Hagar's Cabo Wabo venue.

When Hagar realized he didn't like singing and playing guitar at the same time, he thought, "'We need a great guitar player. Who's the best guitar player out there?' Joe Satriani. And Joe's a buddy right here in San Francisco, so I called him and boom." A pair of Chickenfoot tracks have made their way onto the Internet, so check out the band's "Down the Drain" above.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

More Song Stories entries »