Friday, July 31, 2009

The New Zeppelin?

Sammy has reportedly said "Chickenfoot could rival Led Zeppelin".

Hold on a second Sammy.

Not so fast.

What the hell is a Chickenfoot?

"When people hear the music, it's Led Zeppelin, I know that's a bold statement, but it's as good as that."

If it came from anyone else, you might think they were blowing heavy metal smoke but, Sammy could be considered an authority on this subject. A successful artist in his own right, Sammy fronted what was often referred to as the "American Zeppelin" during a decade-long stint with Van Halen. But, now Sammy Hagar has a new gig as the lead voice of Chickenfoot, a rock supergroup featuring bassist Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen), virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith (ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers).

Since its June 5, 2009 release, "Chickenfoot" is a hard rock album some critics and fans have already labeled a classic. It’s fun, ballsy, and kicks ass with honesty from four talented musicians - with nothing to prove - who have dropped ego at the door to create music that satisfies them. Another key to the studio project is producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones), with whom Hagar and Anthony first worked on Van Halen's 1991 set, "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge." As he did on that album, Johns has shaped "Chickenfoot" as a huge-sounding arena-rock monster, blending a fat low end from Anthony and Smith with over-the-top high spots from Hagar and Satriani.


The new Zeppelin?

See for yourself.

Chickenfoot has hit the road with a string of sold-out shows and will headline the first-ever Canadian Forces Rock Fest on Citadel Hill in Halifax, Nova Scotia on this Sunday, August 2.

Incidentally, Led Zeppelin was one of the first supergroups, rising from the ashes of the Yardbirds in 1968 when Jimmy Page brought Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones together to form a band that ruled the rock world. The English quartet meteorically soared to unimaginable heights and are regarded as primarily responsible for defining an entire genre called "classic rock".

Here is how it looked in 1970, when Led Zeppelin appeared for the first time on British television.

Will Zeppelin's history repeat itself with Chickenfoot?

Interestingly, Sammy Hagar has backed away from his earlier Zep comparison, saying he had been tipping the bottle and admitting it was “stupid” thing to say.

But, Sammy did say it and as such Hagar and his flock could not have set the bar any higher.

Will the "Red Rocker" and his crazy chicken pals get the Led out when they take this Hill this Sunday? Can Chickenfoot squeeze some fresh lemon and climb a new stairway to rock and roll heaven?

Or will this fresh, musical fowl be trampled underfoot, buried in a whole lotta hype?

Maritime rock fans will see for themselves if Chickenfoot can bring it on home.

"Old men do it better. We're not so sensitive in certain areas"

p.s. ... With a long weekend upon us, TSB resumes regular posting when business returns to normal on Tuesday.

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