The super group called Chickenfoot, made up of Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Joe Satriani, made their debut appearance in Connecticut Thursday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. One would think that with an arsenal of songs from Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joe Satriani originals at their disposal that there would be minimal room for songs from their new album. But it was just the opposite.
Chickenfoot proceeded to play every song from their new album, even the vinyl only track “Bitten By The Wolf” which carried a New Orleans flavor to the song. It also featured some slide guitar provided by Joe Satriani. If you did not know the songs from their album then you would have been lost all evening. But luckily, the audience came prepared. Fans found themselves shouting the chorus and pumping their fists to “Oh Yeah” and “Sexy Little Thing”. The rhythm section of Michael Anthony on bass and Chad Smith on drums was felt immediately with the opener “Avenida Revolution”.
With its simple stage set up, the band turned the large sized arena into a club type show. The band would just jam together at the ends of songs; one in particular was “Get It Up” which featured the intro to Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”. While Sammy Hagar’s screams on “Turnin’ Left” and “My Kind Of Girl” drew most of the attention, it was Satriani’s solos on “Down The Drain” and their new single “Soap On A Rope” that deserved the spotlight.
The band seemed to be having the most fun together onstage during their encore which included two cover songs. The first, “Bad Motor Scooter” (Montrose), began with Hagar soloing on a steel lap guitar before trading guitar licks with Satriani. Michael Anthony’s high pitch screams would only add to the already amazing version of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”. At times, the band seemed like a bunch of high school kids just clowning around with each other, trading smiles as well as hi-fives. Their enjoyment performing together was felt by the audience as everyone there had a rockin’ good time.
New comers Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam got the crowd pumped with a 40 minute set that includes a few originals and a couple cover songs. One of the outstanding songs they performed was a 15-minute jam on CSNY’s “Almost Cut My Hair”. Upcoming shows at Mohegan Sun feature Kings Of Leon, Kelly Clarkson and Brad Paisley. Go to www.mohegansun.com for details.
Sexy Little Thing
Soap On A Rope
My Kind Of Girl
Down The Drain
Bitten By The Wolf
Learning To Fall
Get It Up
Future In The Past
Bad Motor Scooter (Montrose cover)
Highway Star (Deep Purple cover)