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Darius Reviews Chickenfoot at The Roxy

21 May 2009 9 Comments

By: Darius

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Chickenfoot: Michael, Chad, Joe, Sammy

Chickenfoot: Michael, Chad, Joe, Sammy

For those of you who haven’t heard, the latest supergroup to hit the rock scene combines a couple of grizzled 80’s rock veterans, a guitar god, and the drummer from one of alternative rock’s most successful groups. The band is called Chickenfoot and they have just hit the road on a small warm-up club tour before playing much larger venues at summer’s end.

Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony from Van Halen, the great Joe Satriani, and Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, were in Los Angeles last night to play the 500-person capacity Roxy Theatre on Sunset Blvd to a pretty interesting mix of industry executives and sun-bleached rock fans.

Here’s the good and the bad:

BAD:

1. Chickenfoot is the worst band name I have ever heard. I thought it would be hard to beat “36 Crazyfists”, “Hoobastank”, or “Puddle of Mudd”, but Sammy Hagar and company managed to do it. Honestly, it was embarrassing telling people yesterday that I was headed to the Roxy to see a band called Chickenfoot, even though I was really excited about the show. I heard one lady snicker behind me as I told one of my co-workers, who just stared at me with a confused expression on her face. Not joking.

2. The Roxy undersold the joint, much to their detriment in lost revenue. They could’ve fit another 100 people in there, but from what I was told they were demanded by the band’s management to keep it small. Fire marshals were called at a prior Seattle gig and enforced a mandatory evacuation of a couple hundred people, so the band wasn’t taking any chances. The result: a comfortable rock setting for the audience who shouldn’t be too comfortable at all. It was kind of weird not feeling crammed in there, hot and sweaty. I just didn’t have the typical feel of a rock show.

3. The line to get into the show was insane. They had everyone line up a block away to get their IDs checked. I have never seen this practice before. From what I was told, it was a way to limit scalpers or something. But it took forever to get our names checked off the list and get wristbands into the show, which resulted in nearly an hour delay for Chickenfoot’s performance.

4. The proliferation in technology, particularly with cell-phones, has resulted in wonderful sites like YouTube and the ability to take hilarious videos of your drunk friends at parties. However, this has become a major problem for going to shows. Everyone is a f*cking camerman. It’s so godd*mn irritating sometimes to be in the audience and have to weave around people’s extended arms taking bunk footage with their stupid cameras. The first two songs last night were just ridiculous, I swear every other person was filming from their phones and cameras and it was really hard to see the stage. I’m guilty of taking the occasional picture with my phone, but I would never be so disrespectful as to film entire songs in such a small place where you are obviously blocking people’s view of the show. Jump off a bridge, you’re not Darren Doane, you’re just another shmuck with a cell phone. Get over it.

GOOD:

1. There was a dude in the very small bathroom who probably thought he really was at a Van Halen gig ROASTING a joint right before the show. The cloud that came out of this bathroom and down the hall leading towards the crowd was just ridiculous. I walk in there and he has the Snoop Dogg eyes going on, and he loudly tells me that Michael Anthony’s dad had just walked in and asked to “smoke some of my sh*t.” Hilarious.

2. Michael Anthony is just the showman that everyone has told me about. What a great bass player.

3. Sammy Hagar looked and sounded GREAT. I was extremely surprised by how good he sounded. I guess he put down the tequila and got in shape for this band because he was in full force last night. I have never been the biggest Hagar fan, but I might be now. He really showed me something.

4. Joe Satriani has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the world’s greatest guitar players. I can whole heartedly confirm that this is true. The man is unreal.

5. Chad Smith is Will Ferrell. People say this all the time, but you really need to see him up close. It’s uncanny. I thought Smith was going to announce to the crowd that we’re all going streaking whenever he got on his microphone to talk. Hell of a drummer too.

6. Chickenfoot closed their set with blistering versions of Hagar’s “Bad Motor Scooter” and Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”. It was awesome.

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9 Comments »

  • Carla said:

    Darius uses cool adjectives.

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  • Boris said:

    I don’t care a lick about this band but this review was hilarious. Carla is on the money with the adjective thing.

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  • 1942 said:

    This is the dumbest band name in music. Even 36 Crazyfists is better. Good review.

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  • johnj2000 said:

    There was a dude in the very small bathroom who probably thought he really was at a Van Halen gig ROASTING a joint right before the show. The cloud that came out of this bathroom and down the hall leading towards the crowd was just ridiculous. I walk in there and he has the Snoop Dogg eyes going on, and he loudly tells me that Michael Anthony’s dad had just walked in and asked to “smoke some of my sh*t.” Hilarious.

    the best!

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  • Dennis said:

    In the realm of supergroups, these guys strike me as a Damn Yankees type, that will only run for a blip on the radar screen. Darius is right about Satriani. The man is amazing. His Christmas album is the most listenable Christmas album you’ll ever hear. He’s a true visionary.

    Buckcherry’s version of Highway Star should render anyone affiliated with that trash in a morgue. They’ve become the leaders of the free rock world. Kiss, Crue, Aerosmith – they’re touring with everyone and they suck. They destroyed that Deep Purple song.

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  • zen949 said:

    great review. hilarious.

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  • smasherdevourer said:

    I’VE READ MANY A REVIEW ON THESE CLUB SHOWS OF THESE GUYS AND THIS IS THE BEST ONE IVE READ. FUCKING HILARIOUS.

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  • Carla said:

    Go read his Manson review. I love this guy Darius.

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  • 5150 said:

    I should be watching the NHL finals! Game 7! And I’m lamenting about Sammy! WE WANT A SOLO RECORD!

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