June 9th, 2009
08:13 AM ET

Jokin' around with Chickenfoot

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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  1. Jason

    I heard the single 'Oh Yeah' slip into rotation on my local radio station before I'd ever even heard of the band. It wasn't until halfway through that I stopped and had the "Hey, wait a second... that's Sammy" moment.

    Even more excited to find out about the rest of the group, including the worlds greatest potato head of rock ;)

    Loved that song, and can't wait to pick up the album.

    June 9, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Squad

    I got the CD on Sunday. This album rocks !!!

    June 9, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lorrie0204

    CD is good!!!! Love track 11 – check it out! Can't wait to see Sammy and Mike again!!!

    June 9, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joel

    I was a VanHalen fan for years... Both era's Sam and Dave.
    No offense to Wolfgang, but VanHalen IS Ed, Mike, Alex and WHOEVER is singing be it Sam OR DAVE. I guess it depends on who
    the VanHalen brothers are mad at this year,huh???

    So, to Sam and Mike... get the party started guys!!!

    Bring Chicken foot to Nashville, Tn and ROCK this place!!!

    Can't wait to hear the CD.

    June 9, 2009 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |

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