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Chad and Joe were able to join Mikey and Sammy at Sammy's annual Birthday bash for an encore of Chickenfoot tunes. This year the bash was moved to Vegas while Cabo San Lucas continues to recover from Hurricane Odile. The boys tore through Big Foot, Sexy Little Thing and Oh Yeah before Chad strapped on a guitar and let Jason Bonham take over the skins for a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock 'N' Roll".

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Big Foot - Chickenfoot - Big Foot - Las Vegas 10-18-14
Sexy Little Thing - Chickenfoot - Sexy Little Thing - Las Vegas 10-18-14
Oh Yeah - Chickenfoot - Oh Yeah - Las Vegas 10-18-14
Rock 'N' Roll - Sammy Hagar & Friends " Rock N Roll " Live 10/18/2014 DLV Las Vegas

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I hate to correct Sammy But he was NOT the first concert that “broke in” The Las Vegas Events Center as he claimed. I went to this “Bash” of his and sadly enough we wish we HAD NOT wasted the time. Don't get me wrong, the show was okay (and I love his music) but the evening was terrible- let me explain-
The ticket category prices were as follows: $65 standing only-(orange colored wrist bands) Tickets sold at $85.00 (red wrist bands- that was what we purchased) were standing "room" only (event center was outside actually) and this $20 upgrade was to give us a reserved "spot" (still standing- BUT in a special limited number of people capacity section that was to be located IN FRONT of the stage. Well- we got the upgraded $85 tickets but there was not an upgrade at ALL!!  We were stuck in a human stew of orange banded general admission ticketholders and red banded up-graders all pushing and pulling at each other to try & to win a spot closest to the stage. The fight got so intense that we finally opted to sit basically behind the stage! There were also $125 ticketholders who had chairs and a special seating area that the LV Metro Police Dept did regulate but they were positioned on the side of the stage.  THOSE tickets were like I said were designated and policed for crowd control but that was because they were Cabo transfers that had already paid the price to see Sammy in Cabo San Lucas before the hurricane changed that. Here is the cherry on that birthday cake- everyone (the $65, the $85 and even the $125 ticketholders) were forced for almost 2 hours to stand in line to purchase a beer (warm) or a drink. This made EVERYONE pissed; I mean people ALL over the place were angry which a pleasant experience it was NOT. Just think about it- a few thousand or so people - all of them irritated for enjoying the show in a drink line barely able to see the stage while the person they went with (me) was trying to make her way through a thick aggressive human stew of people trying to reach an area that did not exist and was already occupied with orange banded ticket holders as well as confused & angry red banded people (like me) trying to push through to front of the stage to locate the $85 section that did not exist! The VIP section (Cabo transfers) very also very hostile and angry…. because of the 2 hour wait in line beverage SNAFU! (BTW:  a  insane 2 hour wait in line for as drink ended costing us  $22 for 2 very small weak watered down drinks) Add this to fun of enjoying the concert in the drink line where you couldn't really see the stage at all! Also- the song list that Hagar described in his media announcements was not what we heard. The concert was good but they ended playing 6 (yes SIX) old Van Halen tunes and 4 Led Zeppelin tunes and only 2 Chickenfoot songs. Hagar had said in his press releases that $125.00 VIP Cabo transfers would get an opportunity to get signed autographs after the show. They didn't get anything. We witnessed this: the show ended and he did not do an encore (something that most every concert goer expects) and then Hagar disappeared into a black limo & sped off down the road! The ticket upgrade SNAFU- I am not saying was his fault. However, all the factors I described above were treated to having a bad experience in one way or another. Maybe they should have said for an extra $20 you can give Sammy a little something extra for his birthday. Those of us who paid the extra $20 bucks for that non-existent special were ripped off-regardless of whose fault it was. The kicker here was that he saluted us (like a soldier) after abruptly ending the show and said “I salute you Las Vegas for having us and making the Cabo Bash still happen”. I couldn't help but think at this point, "no need to thank us... we already got screwed". I am not placing blame entirely on Hagar but his press releases did not deliver what he said would happen on stage, the event center didn't accommodate what was promised and everybody (Cabo transfers too) were slighted. We are intending to determine what the hell went wrong here. I will update when matter is addressed with Las Vegas Event Center. Stay tuned. Oh! And as for all of you that couldn't attend - please do not feel so bad… the event was basically a disaster all around. 

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With all this talk about the guys getting back together again, we wanted to share some new photos that have come up! This one was taken last June at the WaMu Theater in Seattle! Photo by Bill Bungard
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Hurry up the world needs some Foooot.Mile high Rocker
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Chad is in town for Outside Lands festival and came out to meet up with Joe an Sammy at Sammy and Tyler Florence's El Paseo house of chops for a feast – and that ain't chicken they're scarfing! Ha. Place was buzzin for sure. Alas Mikey had already returned home after being up for some rehearsal for the 4 Decades in Rock shows! +Joe Satriani +Chickenfoot +Michael Anthony 
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Chad....how is your Bigfoot quest going for ya, brother?
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Mad Anthony sighting! Mikey was seen strolling the aisles and smooching babies at the 2013 NAMM conference. He also was showing off his new signature Peavey bass amp and his upcoming signature Yamaha bass. 

Check out the link below for more information about his gear and watch his NAMM interviews.
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Chickenfoot is the featured artist for the first episode of this new video series "RIFFS" from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas - it's a great behind the scenes interview with Joe, Mikey, Sammy and Kenny - check it out!
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I love this band!!!
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Europe fans heads up - earMusic is releasing a live album "LV" and also a special box set with I, III and LV!
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Hotter than Mr Anthony's Hot sauce ;)
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Another shot taken at the Chickenfoot show last June in Seattle! Photo by Bill Bungard
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One Sick Show!!
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"A drummer can lift you out of your existence," Carlos Santana said, in this part two edition of Chad Smith's "In Conversation". Listen to this interesting conversation between the two musicians here!
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Yep, there indeed is quite a difference if you have two musicians in a conversation, as compared to a regular interview. Looking forward to more of Chad's conversations.
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+Joe Satriani,  Michael Anthony, and Chad Smith all found some time in between their own projects to jump in on a couple of tunes on +Sammy Hagar's new album "Sammy Hagar & Friends". The first single "Knockdown Dragout" features a smokin solo by Joe and Sammy also shares vocals with +Kid Rock. Check out the new music video and get more info at www.sammyandfriends.com!
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just love it what can you say it's Sammy
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The band and crew were saddened to hear the news of Andy Johns sudden passing on Monday, April 8, 2013. He was a true talent that will be missed by all! Each band member had a few words to share. Please follow the link below to read what they had to say.
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Andy Johns was rock n roll. 
He worked on so many classic albums.
I grew up on his work everyday. 
RIP Andy and my best to his friends and family.
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Part 2 of Mikey, Joe, Sammy & Kenny on Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas's new RIFFS series! Hear the guys talk about the making of Chickenfoot III, Joe's favorite chord, and what they like to hear yelled at live shows. Shout out to fans Blake L., Marcella B., Todd G. & Ranchelle B. who got their questions answered!
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A great fan review recalling what made the first album so great! 

U.S. fans - you can get the special rerelease package at www.itunes.com/chickenfoot. And for other areas of the world - check out the new live LV Box Set that will be released Jan 25th at: http://ultimateclassicrock.com/chickenfoot-i-iii-lv-box-set/
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No US box set?  just downloads?
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Having established themselves in record time as one of the earth’s premier rock bands with their Gold-certified 2009 self-titled debut, Chickenfoot – the illustrious, virtuosic supergroup formed by singing legend Sammy Hagar, guitar god Joe Satriani, and the renowned rhythm section of bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith – approached the initial stages of recording their new album, Chickenfoot III, with supreme confidence and a firm sense of intention.

They, of course, had good reasons to feel cocky: There were the high-octane, hook-o-rama singles, “Oh Yeah,” “Sexy Little Thing” and “My Kinda Girl.” Then there were the riveting live shows, starting with a sold-out-within-seconds “Road Test” run of clubs and ending a year later with a sold-out-within-seconds world tour of large halls. The not-so-little engine that could definitely did…time after time.

Beyond the obvious, however, something more important happened during Chickenfoot’s rise to the top of the rock: They became a band. A real band. “We went from being a weekend fun-time thing to making a record and touring the world,” says Sammy Hagar. “Our learning curve was fast – even for us. But we went out every night to kick ass and prove that we weren’t resting on our laurels. We earned everything we got, and along the way, we established a trust in one another that happens very rarely in bands. To me, it’s magical.”

It was that very trust factor that allowed Joe Satriani to approach Hagar during the demoing stage of the new album and express this wish: “I want to hear you sing differently,” he told the vocalist. “You have light and shades to your voice that have never been on record. I want to hear you do new things.” Hagar accepted Satriani’s words as a challenge, and then he threw down the gauntlet: “Fine. But you’ve got to bring it too, Joe. I want to hear you play guitar like you never have. We shook hands on that.”

And so it was that Chickenfoot set about making the heart-pounding and high-minded Chickenfoot III. And they did it at the perfect time, too. In an era when the relevance of the album as an art form is under close scrutiny, Chickenfoot III is a superlative, rip-roaring rock ‘n’ roll disc that simply must be experienced from start to finish. Tough yet full of intricate textures, played by musicians at the top of their game, this is the kind of record that bands both young and old dream of making.

“It’s the best record I’ve ever been a part of,” Hagar says unashamedly. “Songwriting-wise, playing-wise, we reached a level I’ve hoped was possible. There’s nothing this band can’t do. I’m convinced of it.”

The origins of Chickenfoot III began to take shape in early 2010 as Satriani and Hagar exchanged song ideas while the group was still on tour. Throughout that year, Satriani sent the band demos in various forms of completion. Then, in February of this year, Chickenfoot convened in Hagar’s warehouse studio (affectionately dubbed “the Foot Locker”) to hash out the material. On board was veteran, award-winning engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica), who was also serving as co-producer with the group. According to Michael Anthony, “We thought we might still be demoing at this point, but the sounds Mike Fraser got were extraordinary. Plus, the spontaneity in the room was incredible. The musical chemistry was undeniable. Suddenly, it was like, ‘Might as well roll tape. We’re making a record!’”

The batches of music – dynamic, stadium-shaking riffs that would morph into ginormous earth-movers such as “Alright Alright,” “Last Temptation,” “Big Foot” and “Lighten Up” – were shaping up just fine, faster than anyone expected. “To come up with huge, monstrous riffs that become big-time rock anthems, that’s what every guitar player dreams of,” says Satriani. “But you have to have a band that can help craft them and render them with authority, and that’s something Mike and Chad do better than anybody.”

Sammy Hagar, however, was having a tough time wrapping his thoughts around the songs – or anything else, for that matter. Right as the band was entering the studio, he got the news that his longtime manager, and Chickenfoot’s co-manager, for that matter, John Carter (or simply “Carter,” as he preferred to be called) was stricken with cancer, and the prognosis wasn’t good. Suddenly, the heretofore carefree, laid-back, can’t-drive-55 Red Rocker was shaken to the core.

“I was in a mental place I’d never been in before,” Hagar says. “I had my book tour going on, my manager was very sick…everything was taking my mind up. I was blocked.”

Rallying against his failing body, Carter served Hagar his marching orders: “Make the greatest record you’ve ever made. Make songs that matter. Write words that mean something to people.” Hagar took his friend and manager’s words to heart, and when Carter did succumb to his illness in the late spring, Hagar miraculously found many of the lyrical themes he was looking for. “It was heartbreaking what happened,” says Satriani softly. “We all loved Carter, and Sammy, of course, had a very long history with him. But it’s almost as though the minute Carter passed away, Sammy was unlocked. In a strange way, I think Carter would have been very pleased.”

As a tribute to his late manager, Sammy penned the words to “Up Next,” just one of the album’s crushers. Against a massive sonic assault that packs the force of Godzilla after too many Red Bulls, (the song also features a mind-altering, tour de force guitar solo by Satriani) Hagar tackles mortality in a slightly skewed manner all his own. “I started to think, Wow, your number could be up at any moment,” says the singer. “Picture waiting at the pearly gates as if you were in line at a fast-food joint and somebody goes, ‘Up next!’ Right there’s the chorus.”

Spirituality gives way to biting social commentary in the form of the pile-driving, relentless “Three and a Half Letters,” or the “I need a job!” song as it’s referred to in Chickenfoot circles – in fact, that’s the chorus. Hagar doesn’t so much sing as he does talk/rap – it’s a soul-tugging performance piece as he reads desperate cries for help from actual letters he’s received. “It’s the one song where we didn’t go for melody,” says Satriani. “The band just unloaded everything we had. It was raw, unchecked emotion.”

Melodies abound, however, throughout the balance of Chickenfoot III, especially on the aching rock ballad “Come Closer,” which represents a dramatic turn for the band in that Hagar wrote the completed lyrics first for which Satriani then composed the music – on piano. By the time the full band had its way with the number, Satriani abandoned the piano and strapped on his guitar – his solo, a glorious cloudburst of notes, enlarges the scope and deepens the song’s meaning.

And everybody had a big hand in the infectious, Nashville pop-tinged “Different Devil,” an absorbing tale of tangled relationships, which features Michael Anthony’s strongest singing yet – the ever-dependable background vocalist is practically dueting with Hagar. Satriani penned the music to this sure-fire radio winner, but he wasn’t certain the arrangement was clicking, that is, until Chad Smith took a whack at some chords and came up with a new chorus. “Suddenly the song felt smooth and we just blazed through cutting it,” says Satriani.

The need for a personal connection is further examined on the bold and brash classic-rock homage “Dubai Blues” – tradition meets innovation, a ‘Foot’ specialty – in which Hagar presents himself as a self-satisfied man who has everything the world can offer, all but that special someone.

Finishing this stunning set is the Delta-flavored “Something Going Wrong,” which sees the Foot serving up spicy, authentic blues. “Chad and I had a lot of fun wearing different musical hats on this one,” says Anthony. “And Joe was astounding. The guy played Dobro, banjo… He’s not just this shred king that everybody assumes he is. He’s got deep roots.”

From free-wheelin’ lifestyle rockers (“Big Foot,” a car enthusiast’s wet dream, is the first single) to the myriad nuances of the human heart to unvarnished portraits of the world today, Chickenfoot tackle them all with matchless assurance on Chickenfoot III. “The messages are pure and direct, the playing is the best I’ve ever heard, it’s all right there,” enthuses Hagar.

Of course, only a band that would call themselves Chickenfoot could title their second album Chickenfoot III and get away with it. Nobody in the group is entirely sure how the name took hold, but Satriani remembers it as “a joke that Chad and Carter started, only they were calling it ‘Chickenfoot IV.’ My attitude was, ‘Hey, as long as the music is great, we can call it anything.”

Hagar feels the title is entirely apropos. “Sure, it’s funny, and we did back it off a notch from IV to III, but I think Chickenfoot III fits. I feel like it is our third record. The maturity, the depth, the power of these songs, the musicianship – we’ve already jumped over having to make a second record. It’s like we did it already. Our next record could be our fifth!”

Better mark that down: Chickenfoot V…Up next!