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Video: Behind the Scenes As Chickenfoot Invade London

July 27, 2009 4:14 PM ET

Chickenfoot, rock's newest supergroup, recently completed their first European tour, and Rock Daily has exclusive footage from behind the scenes as ex-Van Halen vets Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith invaded London for a sold-out concert at the city's Shepherd Bush. Click above to go backstage with the band as Chickenfoot partake in a dressing room jam, with Smith on guitar and Hagar singing with martini glass in hand, plus we're front row for Chickenfoot's performance of their self-titled debut's track "Turnin' Left" from Shepherd's Bush.

In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Associate Editor Brian Hiatt hangs out with Chickenfoot as the band prepared to play New York's Irving Plaza during their first small-venue tour in May. For Chickenfoot, the success has come quickly: They've gone from selling out clubs to playing amphitheatres in mere months, and the band's self-titled LP debuted at Number Four on the Top 200 in June. In Hiatt's story, 2009's unlikeliest hit band joke around with Hall & Oates lyrics, facetiously claim they met each other on eHarmony — they actually formed following boozy jam sessions in Cabo San Lucas — and pal around with a strange assemble of celebrity fans (backstage visitors at the Irving Plaza show features Food Network chefs Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse — who jammed with the band ૼ as well as Whoopi Goldberg.)

For much more on the bizarre supergroup, read our Checking In feature with Chickenfoot in the new issue of Rolling Stone.

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