June 9th, 2009
08:13 AM ET
Most rock and roll super-groups take themselves very seriously, with sexy-sounding names like Velvet Revolver and Audioslave. And then there's Chickenfoot.
Comprised of singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony from Van Halen, along with guitar hero Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, the quartet releases its self-titled debut album today, June 9. Friday night, a handful of TV crews interviewed the band in a back room at Best Buy in West Los Angeles, California. Each journalist walked out of the room chuckling and shaking their head, with a flabbergasted look on his or her face like, "What just happened here?!"
Hagar is known to be quite the jokester, but it was Smith who won the prize as class clown. During our chat, he made an unrepeatable crack about Ryan Seacrest, tickled me under the armpits, and walked out after pretending to be offended when his resemblance to Will Ferrell was pointed out. And that was during the first three minutes.
Even more amusing - none of his bandmates batted an eyelash. Even Satriani - who's not known for being a cut-up - displayed some good comedic timing. He dodged a question about his current copyright infringement lawsuit against Coldplay, but Hagar wasn't above pointing out the alleged similarities between their 2008 hit, "Viva la Vida," and Satriani's 2004 instrumental, "If I Could Fly."
"I was SHOCKED that Joe would steal that song," Hagar deadpanned. "Somehow he erased the words and made it an instrumental."
"Yeah," cracked Satriani, "and somehow I did it four years earlier."
Hear some of Chickenfoot's music and see more of the interview here:
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