May 29, 2008

Chicken Foot

Should be interesting .... Joe Satriani, Sammy Hagar, Chad Smith and Michael Anthony.

I have to admit, I loved Sammy back in his solo days. I'll never forget the show he put on when "Street Machine" came out. On stage he had a RED TransAm, a huge red grand piano, of course red instruments and outfits, and he swung around on a red rope. He was pretty wild. Kept jumping on the car and the piano doing all this really crazy stuff. When I was a 19 year old - he was very entertaining, today....not so much.

40 comments:

Dan said...

My first intro to Sammy was when he was with Montrose. He was not the front man then and he really could belt out the songs. "Get on my Bad Motor Scooter and Ride"

Jessica said...

LOVE him! Haven't seen him in concert yet. He just seems fun. :)

bob_vinyl said...

Sammy Hagar doesn't break down any barriers, but he's got a good voice and brings a down-to-earth appeal to his music. Michael Anthony is a run-of-the-mill bass player. Chad Smith should bring some energy to the project. So far it looks like it has a 50/50 shot at being good, but Joe Satriani kills it. Sure, he's got the chops, but his playing is so cold and dull. I don't think he has a soul. He would easily make my ten worst guitarists list (and contend for the top). With Satriani, this will probably be worse than the Van Halen reunion.

Bond said...

that could be an interesting lineup or a total disaster....

David Amulet said...

I hear you, but ..."Chicken Foot?" Ugh.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Hey Dan, I remember Montrose too :)

Jess, he is very fun, like a big kid that never grew up and still is the class clown (with a great voice).

Bob, I've missed your comments!!!

Bond, yeah that's what I was thinking too....

D Amulet, I know - lame. Frog Legs would have been better.

The Mad Hatter said...

I'm with you Bob. Satriani doesn't have a lick of feeling. I just got into a fairly intense argument with my friend who loves him and plays his silly little Ibanez in heroic worship like its the in-thing, I guess. This same friend scoffs at my Strat, Tele and SG, but whatever. My argument is it's not in the guitar anyway; it's in the player. And Satch is the Devil.

Anonymous said...

You guys that are down on Joe Sach are out of your minds. He's probably the best overall rock guitarist since Hendrix! And Hendrix is his guitar hero. Joe focuses on getting the licks right and the sound and tone to what he's looking for. No, he doesn't jump all over the place and do back flips. That's not his thing. Anyway, the guys who try to do that while they play just botch up all the runs and end up out of tune and missing cords. Anyway, I think you are confusing action for talent.

bob_vinyl said...

Anon, nope, I'm not looking for theatrics, I'm looking for emotion...and Satriani has none. Yeah, he can play, but if it doesn't convey anything, it's just wasted notes. He's all technique and no feeling. He may very well focus on perfection, but rock n roll has never been about that. It's no substitute for soul.

Anonymous said...

Really no one seems to know Satriani. To say his playing is dull and none emotional. You really have no idea of who he is. Hagar at 60 is still a great performer and singer. I see him everytime and Hagar concerts are still my favorite. Mikey is a straight forward bass player but again, can sing and brings energy. Chad is Chad a talented drummer. I am excited about this band and can't wait to see Satch in a band format. It's a great lineup of musicians. It is going to ROCK!!!

bob_vinyl said...

Anon - I don't know you, but I can tell you have no idea what makes good rock n roll. If I don't know Satriani, it's because there's nothing worth knowing.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Anon, thanks for dropping by with some positive words on Chicken Foot, come back and visit again.

Anonymous said...

Bob give us a break with your music critic/elitist/snob act. You guys who bag on technically proficient players, claiming they have no emotion need to give it a rest. You obviously are not acquainted with his entire catalog. He does have his nothing-but-shredding tunes, but its not the whole story you like to pretend it is. Your act is tired.

bob_vinyl said...

Anonymous, at least my act isn't nameless.

I've heard more than enough of Satriani's musical wanking to pass a valid judgement on his vapid tunes.

And just because I actually care enough about music to think about it and am confident enough to express my well-considered and thoughtful opinions doesn't make me a snob, it makes me honest.

bob is jealous said...

Bob, you brought me here with your and hyper-ridiculous comments about Joe Satriani. I get the impression that you just can't admit that Joe is a truly fantastic guitar player. I'm not a musician, so I don't know all the ins and outs of the whole guitar scene, but when I was 15ish and heard Joe bust out Surfing with the Alien for the fist time, it hit me like a ton 'o bricks that Joe was a very gifted musician and I wanted more. This is the sign of his success. His music touched my black little heart like none other! Now, bob, you say his music has no emotion and is dull. To me, his music is nothing but emotional and alive! So, in summation my most articulate friend, beauty is in the eye (ear) of the beholder. You have your opinion and I have mine. In the end, you think about music too much. No soul? The devil? What kind of rhetoric is that? Sorry, bob, YOU are the devil. Anon, you are so right. We outnumber him many times over. Thank you for this forum Layla!
BOB IS JEALOUS.

Anonymous said...

I must agree that Satriani is technically proficient but emotionally dull. I also think that this is exactly the reason a team up with Sam and Mike is good. Sam doesn't hold a concert, he throws a party and Mike's got the same attitude. If anyone can get Joe to loosen up and just feel the music, it's these guys. And let's face it, the guy can play. This has the potential to be a great band.

bob_vinyl said...

I think if Satriani has any chance at all of being any good, he needs to play with someone who's creative, not a couple of mundane old rock stars. Sure Hagar is a good performer and all, but he's not very creative. If Satriani is going to avoid beating us over the head with how fast his fingers are, he needs to find someone who can channel his technical skills into something interesting. As it stands, he's the worst of both worlds: a self-indulgent wanker of a player and about as creative as AOR rock. I mean, look at how playing with Zappa helped Steve Vai. Yo can talk about Vai taking lessons from Satriani all you want, but what makes him interesting is what he picked up by playing with Zappa.

Anonymous said...

I don't think Satriani lacks creativity and he certainly has the skills and talent. He just lacks any soul. He takes himself and his music too seriously. He needs to learn to enjoy life and relax and turn his muse loose. Sam is the man to teach him to enjoy music again and Satch will probably push Sammy and Mike more creatively than any other outlet they've had in the past. I think this joining benifits all involved including the fans.

bob_vinyl said...

Anon, I can't imagine what you find creative about a guy who just plays fast. He can't write. He can't express. While I agree that loosening up would help, it still doesn't address the major problem he has of playing something worth hearing. Neither of the other two will push him in that way, because they don't have a creative bone between them. I think Satriani will have far greater detrimental effect on them than they will have good effect on him. I don't see any possible good for anyone coming out of this collaboration. That is, unless you like boring, soulless rock music that doesn't actually rock. If that's your thing, then your prayers have been answered!

hailtheking said...

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satch rocks said...

Anyone who cant appreciate Joe's talent probably needs to just stop listening to good music and stick with something like pop music.Maybe CC Deville would be more your speed. The real truth is Joe has more soul and taste than any guitar player out there. This guy is simply ammazing! I am probably the most discriminating listener out there, and even I know what good really is.

satch rocks said...

Anyone who cant appreciate Joe's talent probably needs to just stop listening to good music and stick with something like pop music.Maybe CC Deville would be more your speed. The real truth is Joe has more soul and taste than any guitar player out there. This guy is simply ammazing! I am probably the most discriminating listener out there, and even I know what good really is.

bob_vinyl said...

You can't be very discriminating if you think Satriani plays with soul. A bunch of guitar exercises to display technical skill does not equal soul. Nice try with the Poison remark, but ol' CC Deville doesn't cut it either.

Anonymous said...

There is no one in this forum, that can come close to touching Satch on the Axe. So give it up boys....UR JEALOUS!!! This will be the Rock n Roll album of the year, hands down.

Anonymous said...

I don't think bob_vinyl has really listened to any Satriani if he thinks Satriani lacks creativity and soul. Seriously? Lack soul? Have you listened to "If I Could Fly"? "Cryin'"? "The Souls of Distortion"? "Tears in the Rain"? Any of the 50+ songs from his dozen full-length albums that are more bluesy than rock have some of the most inspired and soulful riffs I have ever heard. I listen to a song, and the main hooks and riffs stick in my mind for the rest of the day after hearing them. They are there all day.

Satriani is truly one of the greatest composers in addition to his legendary status (something you cannot debate). Every song is unique and feels special.

At this point, people like bob_binyl are the same type of people that think Coldplay did not plagiarize "Viva La Vida" from "If I Could Fly" -- they are willfully ignorant and will never let their dogmatic opinions be changed by anything.

bob_vinyl said...

At least I'm not willfully anonymous.

As far as Coldplay goes, I think they perhaps plagiarized their own lack of soul from Satriani.

I'm sure he'll go down in history with the great composers of popular music. He's right up there with Ellington, Coltrane, Lennon & McCartney and Zappa. What world do you live in? Are so emotionally impotent that you can be moved by some shredder's flashy technique? That's so, so sad that you're world is so narrow that you'd actually suggest he's "one of the great composers." I love that you chose songs like "If I Could Fly" and "Tears in the Rain." The titles alone give away how contrived his attempts at emotion are and the music simply confirms it.

Face it, Satriani is the biggest wanker in rock.

Anonymous said...

bob vynil and the mad hatter are the same person. i find it lame when people create different usernames to back up their own postings.

joe plays so cleanly because he's honed his technique to the point where he's flawless. that's what separates him from all others - he knows exactly what he's expressing, knows inside and out his theory, makes no mistakes and therefore doesn't need to cover mistakes up with anything else crap like YOUR idol, whoever that may be. know and accept that joe is better than whoever it is hanging on your wall above your bed and filling your cd rack.

"He's all technique and no feeling. (1) He may very well focus on perfection, (2) but rock n roll has never been about that. (3) It's no substitute for soul. (4)"

bob mad hatter vynil whoever,
1. you have no feeling you jealous dead beat sad sack
2. see point 1, replace 'feeling' with 'chance'.
3. tell us, which major selling muso magazine employs your opinion and gives you the righteousness to suggest that you know best, you pompous dick?
4. like bobisjealous said, YOU are the devil and YOU have no soul. shut up, loser.

signed, smithyrock (because i don't have a google account and i want bob mad hatter vynil to know who just shat all over him)

p.s. go see your doctor because there is something wrong with you, bipolar bob

bob_vinyl said...

Hey Hatter, don't you love it when the truth makes people so mad that all they can do is call you names?

Smithyrock, your whole basis for Satriani's greatness seems to be that he plays cleanly. Now that you have a name, perhaps next you could have a valid point. After that, perhaps you could get someone to check your grammar and spelling. I mean, a typo here and there is one thing, but that was horrible. I'm hoping that it was merely a byproduct of your righteous anger and not the way you typically communicate.

If this post has taught me anything, it's that riling up Satriani fans is both fun and easy. The way some of you talk, I'm beginning to thing you may also believe that AOR is the very pinnacle of rock n roll achievement.

The Mad Hatter said...

Well, perhaps this is long overdue, for me anyway. Thanks for letting me know about this nutjob, Bob, or nutjobs -- bobisjealous? Who does that? It's pretty sad that someone who I don't know thinks they can toss my name around to justify their delusional fancies. Spelling errors and simpleton thoughts aside, our party-crashing Freud here should know that you cannot love and hate the Beatles, love and hate the Wall and both love the Clash and be the same person. Had this bedside quack analyzed anything on either our of blogs, and still believed we were the same person. Well, you know what, I could go on. I'm just supremely fucking insulted that I've being dragged into something for making an adverse Satch comment, what almost a year ago? Especially since I've been practically gone for four months from the internets. Sorry Layla.

Smithyrocks whoever, if you even had a brave muscle in your clicking finger, you'd have gone to my site, clicked on my email and see my name is Bryan, something which I have never hid from, to include its mention in posts and comments on numerous sites. No one expects you get to get a google account, but at least use a real name.

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Bryan, no need to apologize. I am glad you have a place for this conversation. To be honest...I haven't even been following it that closely but I do know this:

People using the name "Anonymous" don't impress me much because they are not willing to stand behind what they are saying. (Maybe its one of the chicken feet guys???)

The Mad Hatter said...

Barbara,

I obviously haven't been following it either; and I know this as well: music is still music and that's why I'm here, not for this petty bipolar whatever nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the new music from Chickenfoot, I'm betting it's going to be a hell of a lot better than the majority of the crap that's been released this past year.

j. michaels

Anonymous said...

Hey Boob Vinyl

Take a shot of Cabo and relax music for me is a way to relax and unwind from the crazy everyday world, Sammy and his boys don't pretend to be anybody but themselves, so grab a cold one and join the party for awhile

Stephen the Slammer

bob_vinyl said...

Now that's the kind of comment I like to see. I mean I don't understand how bad music is a way to unwind, but I love the clever misspelling of my name. That's a quality dig. (I'm not being sarcastic. That was funny stuff).

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Anonymous said...

Satch has more soul in his little finger than you critics have in your whole body . Go Joe !!!!!!!!! Love you, man.

Garden Girls peace love light said...

high hopes for Chickenfoot... coming to Toronto in May - tickets on sale April 18

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Bunnyshines said...

I have kind of missed Sammy.
It will be great to see him in the spotlight again. His sound is certainly unique.
The name "Chicken Foot" seems like it is going to be a casual band. Hope they throw in some romantic ballads in a fancy, Dom Perignon style.
We have been steadily crue-sing here. I'd say were going about 15mph.

Guitarman5150 said...

Hey Stephen,

I'm kinda lookin' foward to my next shot of Cabo! Not to mention this new album! I guess we will see what we will see!

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