Chad has returned to touring with his band, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, so Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp during his zenith, and session drummer with countless renowned artists and tours) is now in the chair without missing a beat. Chickenfoot was definitely having fun on stage in the venerated theater that has served as a concert venue in San Francisco for almost four decades. Sammy was in fine form, having just recently performed at his Birthday Bash at his Cabo Wabo Cantina at the tip of Baja California. This was the first official tour gig for the foursome, and they were solid on a set that totally drew from the first album (Chickenfoot) and the new album. (By the way, there is no Chickenfoot II.) It seemed liberating for Sammy and Michael to toss aside the Van Halen and Hagar music catalogs, ending the encore playing Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” as the only exception to the all-Chickenfoot barrage. The new album has more varied texture than the first one, both musically and lyrically, and is heightened by the 3D CD package. The joking around with the crowd and each other and the stellar playing made for an evening of Grade A certified prime rock.

Until next time,

Paul “Lobster” Wells