The Middleast – Cambridge, MA
May 26, 2009
Reviewed by: Mary Ouellette
In preparation for their self-titled debut cd that drops on June 9th, the red-headed stepchild of all supergroups known simply as Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith) packed it up and hit the road for a test drive. Booking a nine show run and playing their new songs live for the first time in some of the smallest venues in each city; it was an intimate event and not an easy ticket to get.
Seeing the four rock superstars crammed on the modest stage at The Middleast was quite a sight to behold. Hagar’s first words to the crowd were “My hotel room is bigger than this place, and you’re all invited there after the show!” Clearly enjoying themselves the band reeled through their album track by track with some of the best sound I’ve ever heard in that club. Of course it should be mentioned that the band brought their own board – they don’t eff around!
From “Avenida Revolution” to “Soap on a Rope” you’d never know that this album hasn’t even been released yet. The first few rows kept up with Sammy line for line, that’s some serious dedication. While Sammy’s big personality is hard to contain, he definitely let guitar god Joe Satriani take center stage a time or two to play his guitar solos with his…mouth. (Show-off!) Sadly, Chad Smith was tucked a bit in the back but he kept reminding everyone he was there with his one-liners between songs. Michael Anthony made his presence known as well and all in all their personalities seemed to balance each other out and more importantly they genuinely looked like they were having fun! I guess with a name like Chickenfoot you have to have a good sense of humor.
Making their way through the entire cd, some of the highlights came towards the end of the night with “The Future’s in the Past” which served as the last Chickenfoot song of the evening and definitely my favorite. That was the pre-curser to Sammy’s “Bad Motor Scooter” and a cover of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” that wrapped up the night.
The band was oozing a party vibe throughout the entire show and there wasn’t much down time. Hagar was hanging from the rafters and high fiving any hand within reaching distance. I guess you’re never too old to rock, if you’ve got it, you’ve got it…and I think that everyone who walked out of that sweaty mess of a show that night wanted to do it all over again!
For more info on the band: http://www.chickenfoot.us/