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Thu
09
Feb

CHICKENFOOT Streaming New Single From 'Best + Live'

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Friday, March 10, 2017
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Chickenfoot's new release BEST + LIVE (coming March 10, 2017) features the band's first new tune in 5 years. The new track “Divine Termination” opens up the group’s first ever best of collection.
In addition to “Divine Termination,” BEST + LIVE includes over 90 minutes of live music – for the first time released on CD. Sammy Hagar says, "Listening to this collection of songs from the ‘Foot brings back memories of some of the most fun I've ever had in a band. The chemistry between Chad, Joe, Mike and me is very special. It's almost like visual music -- you can see us having fun when you listen to these songs."
 
In May 2016, Chickenfoot reunited for two highly-anticipated one-time shows at Harrah's Lake Tahoe, and played their first complete set in more than six years, along with a special unveiling of the new tune "Divine Termination." Joe Satriani describes the track as "bone crunching, hell raising rock, dripping with attitude and vibe. Just the way Chickenfoot likes it!"
 
Both the extra CD “LIVE” and the bonus tracks on the best of feature a 13 song strong set list including almost every song from Chickenfoot’s debut album as well as Sammy Hagar’s old Montrose classic “Bad Motor Scooter,” The Who’s “My Generation” and Joe Satriani’s interpretation of “The Star Spangled Banner" – all recorded live in Phoenix 2009 and available for the first time on CD (previously only available as video on the DVD/Blu-ray "Get Your Buzz On."
 
 
CD1 - BEST OF
  • 01. Divine Termination ** NEW SONG **
  • 02. Soap On A Rope
  • 03. Sexy Little Thing
  • 04. Oh Yeah
  • 05. Get It Up
  • 06. Future In The Past
  • 07. Big Foot
  • 08. Different Devil
  • 09. Lighten Up
  • 10. Dubai Blues
  • 11. Something Going Wrong
Bonus LIVE TRACKS:
  • 12. Highway Star
  • 13. Bad Motor Scooter
  • 14. My Generation
CD2 - LIVE
  • 01. Avenida Revolution
  • 02. Sexy Little Thing
  • 03. Soap On A Rope
  • 04. My Kinda Girl
  • 05. Down The Drain
  • 06. Bitten By The Wolf
  • 07. Oh Yeah
  • 08. Learning To Fall
  • 09. Get It Up
  • 10. Turnin’ Left
  • 11. Future In The Past
Release Date: Friday, March 10th, 2017 by eOne Music in North America and earMUSIC/Edel around the world. 
 
Tue
09
Jun

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE - At Your Service (Review)

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content: 
89%
Produced By: 
Sammy Hagar & Vic Johnson
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Mailboat
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Release Year: 
2015
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As soon as this was announced we all knew they’d be comparisons. The timing of this release alongside the David Lee Roth fronted Van Halen release was ideal for hungry keyboard warriors across the globe to reignite the Dave vs Sammy argument for the 433rd time. But it is what it is, and because I’ve just reviewed the live VH album (better than expected) it’s fresh on my mind as to what it was missing there.
 
Hagar fans are going to love this. Van Hagar fans are going to love this. Dave Lee Roth/classic VH fans won’t – because it’s better than the Van Halen Live In Japan record. Ok, ok, I know it’s all down to personal taste, but I say that mainly because Sammy Hagar has a far superior vocal range and quality compared to David (no disrespect there, it just is) and Hagar also has the ability to draw upon 40 years of music, whereas Van Halen are boxed in to tackle tunes from just 79-84 and a few new cuts from 2012.
 
The band is shit hot – Vic does a great Eddie (but no one is better than EVH) and also gets to groove on licks written by Ronnie Montrose (when Hagar digs back to his origins with Montrose’s Rock Candy) and Jimmy Page (thanks to the inclusion of the nuclear Jason Bonham on drums).
The Zeppelin covers are handled with respect and authenticity, much like the Van Hagar catalogue.
Then there’s Mr Nice Guy Michael Anthony and his essential backing vocals and bass thumping.
Of the two eras, Whole Lotta Love, When The Levee Breaks and the iconic Rock N Roll are the highlights from the Led Zeppelin catalogue; while from the Van Halen list, its Poundcake, Why Can’t This Be Love and Right Now that impress most.
Throw is some Hagar solo classics like One Way To Rock, Little White Lie, Heavy Metal and of course I Can’t Drive 55 and you get a fantastic collection of infamous rock n roll brilliance.
 
The recording quality is probably above that of the Van Halen, the power in the mix is deafening at high volume and Hagar just sounds amazing.
And the acoustic Dreams that closes the album is far superior to that of the recently released Hagar/Johnson acoustic album.
If only there could be some new, truly great Hagar/Eddie Van Halen music, you know, something to wash down the taste left from the unfortunate Best Of Both Worlds compilation.
 
Score: 
89
 
Mon
16
Mar

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE At Your Service May 19

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
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SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE (that is, Sammy with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will release a live album At Your Service on May 19.
 
Sammy's website has this update: "Hey Redheads, The Circle live has landed! I can't tell you how excited I am to share this live release from last year's tour with everyone. It's been my favorite setlist to play, covering Montrose, Solo Redrocker, Van Halen, Led Zepplin, & Chickenfoot AND it's live as mutha!!"
 
Official track listing:
 
01 There's Only One Way To Rock  5:45
02 Rock Candy  5:54
03 Good Times Bad Times  3:26
04 Poundcake  5:57
05 I Can't Drive 55  5:08
06 Mikey Bass Solo  3:31
07 When It's Love  5:39
08 Little White Lie  4:17
09 When The Levee Breaks  8:18
10 Jason Drum Solo / Moby Dick  6:31
11 Why Can't This Be Love  4:10
12 Finish What Ya Started  4:52
13 Heavy Metal  4:39
14 Vic Guitar Solo  1:24
15 Best of Both Worlds  7:03
16 Right Now  6:10
17 Rock and Roll  3:26
18 Dreams  5:08
 
 
Fri
31
Oct

SAMMY HAGAR Talks To RollingStone About Van Halen, Chickenfoot & Circle

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Friday, October 31, 2014
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SAMMY HAGAR has given an new interview to RollingStone, who posted the interview overnight.
The star vocalist touches on his new live band line-up, dubbed “Circle” as well as Chickenfoot and Van Halen.
 
Highlights include:
 
His new live lineup Circle: “As far as I'm concerned, that's my new house band. It's me, Jason Bonham, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson. We call ourselves the Circle because this band has kinda taken me full circle in my career. I can play from every era, from Montrose to Van Halen to solo, Chickenfoot and some Led Zeppelin. In Chickenfoot, we didn't play songs by the Chili Peppers or Van Halen, but the Circle plays my whole world and everyone else's world that's in the band. It's been really special so far.”
 
New music with Chickenfoot: “Joe [Satriani] is my favorite writer to work with since Eddie [Van Halen.] I'd rather write a record with him than anyone else, but I don't see any reason to make a new record. Going through the whole experience with a record label, and then going out and doing 150 interviews, a big tour and waking up at 4:00 a.m. to go on Howard Stern all to sell 35,000 CDs…It starts to feel like, "Hmmmm. Is this pay for play?"
I mean, I love making music. But doing it on Chickenfoot's level means spending a half million on a record. We write and record for six months. It's a lot of work, and then to not sell many records. It's disappointing. I don't like being disappointed. I like winning.”
 
Van Halen: “I would play with anybody that loves me and that I love. That would include Van Halen, but the love's not there right now. I do love those guys. We really bumped heads on the last tour [in 2004.] Anyone that saw that last tour or read my book knows that I'm not gonna take any blame 'cause there's no blame to give me. I went out and did my job probably better than anyone else in that band. Anyone that saw the show, I think, would agree with me.
That tour was just a mess and I would never go into a mess like that again. I'm too happy as a human being to be that miserable ever again. I was miserable for the last 40 shows. The first 40 shows I was thinking, "Well, maybe Eddie will straighten out" or "Maybe this can come together." But that didn't happen, and by the last 40 I was miserable. I would, however, be in the original band that we started. That was a love fest full of creativity.”
 
The 2004 Van Halen Reunion: “I made it through a reunion tour that was just about the most dysfunctional thing I've ever done in my adult life, times 10. But I made it through. There's something funny about a concert. They can work for dysfunctional bands. You can get into a fistfight backstage. You can get into a fistfight the night before. You can be trashed, lying on the ground, feeling like you're dying. But when you drag your ass on the stage and 15,000 people are screaming with their hands in the air, you get revitalized. Then you look at the guy next to you, the guy whose neck you want to break, and you think, "This is good. I can tolerate this." When the show is over, you go back to fighting. And then there's the money. But, look, a lot of bands are in that situation.”
 
 
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