Well, as I mentioned a short time back, Chickenfoot is surely not a forgettable name. In a new audio interview, the new supergroup is now admitting that the name seems to have stuck, despite declarations to the contrary early on when they were asked about it. In fact, it seems like they have actually embraced the name, something that seems to have been influenced by the positive reaction to the unusual name they have observed.
The interview was marked by the absence of drummer Chad Smith who was unable to take part. There was the joking and fooling around one would expect when these guys are together, but there is also some good substance for fans who are looking forward to the release of their debut album.
The three members who took part in the interview, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony and Joe Satriani talked about how the group came up with the material for their forthcoming album, and how easily they work together. There’s much praise for Michael Anthony who, having played with some of rock’s most respected guitarists, has never received the credit he deserves for being a great bass player.
Hagar goes into some detail about how he comes up with lyrics he writes and reveals that he simply relies on the real-world experiences he has had, adding that he would simply “dry up” if he locked himself away in a room alone to write lyrics. Perhaps the most intense example of Hagar’s lyrical influences for the first album comes from the street in Mexico known as Avenida Revolución, a street, according to Hagar, that is quite hazardous for pedestrians.
A bit of time is devoted to the track that goes by the name “Get It Up,” which might evoke certain images for a lot of people and spawns talk of Viagra commercials during the interview, but actually has a much different and more serious intent behind it.
Asked about whether it feels strange to be forming a band as someone who is “not in their twenties.” Hagar seemed anxious to answer the question and compares the experience of putting the new band together to the acting career of Clint Eastwood, who Hagar says was just rehearsing during his years creating Dirty Harry series of movies, for his performance in Gran Torino, which Hagar was obviously impressed with.
There’s much more in this audio interview which can be downloaded at MusicRadar.