CHICKENFOOT debuted a brand new song, “Divine Termination”, this past Saturday night (May 7) at the first of the band’s two shows at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. The concerts, which took place over Cinco de Mayo weekend, marked the supergroup’s first reunion shows in more than six years.
The group, which includes legendary guitarist Joe Satriani, former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar, ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith, last performed together during a surprise three-song encore at Hagar’s 2014 birthday bash in Las Vegas. The concerts on May 7 and May 8 in Tahoe were the first time in over six years that the band reunited for an entire concert.
CHICKENFOOT has not made a CD in five years but recently returned to the studio to record “Divine Termination”, to be released later in the year.
“I wrote the lyrics while on an airplane to Cabo,” Hagar told Rolling Stone about the song. “It’s a dark tune, but it’s fucking cool. It’s a really raw production and a giant step for the ‘FOOT.”
Satriani recently told The Oakland Press that he is not holding his breath for a new album from CHICKENFOOT. “It’ll always be upsetting to me, the fact [the band] is under-realized,” Satriani said. “That befuddles me still. However, the other guys do have plenty of things to do, and I suppose maybe I get it. But when I think about it from an artistic point of view, it just seems ridiculous that we didn’t do more. It just seems completely wrong.”
CHICKENFOOT reissued its gold-selling 2009 self-titled debut as a double-disc set. The new version features bonus live tracks recorded on the group’s tour behind its sophomore studio effort, “III”.
CHICKENFOOT’s most recent touring lineup included legendary drummer/musician Kenny Aronoff, who was filling in for Smith while Chad was on the road with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
“III” sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s self-titled debut opened with 49,000 units back in June 2009 to debut at No. 6.