Rock legends form new band, call it Chickenfoot

Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:26am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - Some of the biggest names in rock have banded together to form a new supergroup. They call it Chickenfoot, a name they readily admit is "silly."

While the name may not be to everyone's taste, Van Halen veterans Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and virtuoso guitarist Joe Satriani rose high in the U.S. charts with their eponymous debut album this month.

"We called ourselves Chickenfoot as a kind of a joke, and people started digging it, and so Chad's going, 'Let's start a real band'," Hagar said during a boisterous interview with the band in London, where they performed during a European tour.

"Joe had a band called the Squares -- all of a sudden Chickenfoot sounded like a really good name," Hagar joked.

Hagar and Anthony used to jam together at Hagar's club in Mexico, and when Smith joined them, they gelled. Smith, who still plays for the Chili Peppers, suggested forming a group, and Satriani was invited as the final piece in the jigsaw.

The four members of Chickenfoot have sold tens of millions of records and played thousands of gigs between them over the years, but the childlike enthusiasm for their latest venture comes from starting all over again.

"We're a new band, even though we've got names, we've all been in other bands," Hagar told Reuters. "So we have to kind of let the world know who Chickenfoot is, I think."

Bass player Anthony added that he took exception to the term "supergroup."   Continued...

<p>Chickenfoot band members (L-R) Chad Smith, Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony pose for photographs at the Metrapolitan hotel in London June 25, 2009. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis</p>