Chickenfoot at the Fillmore Auditorium, 5/9/12 (photos)By Alan Cox | May 10th, 2012 | 4 comments
Former Van Halen stalwarts Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony converged with guitar wizard Joe Satriani and skins pounder Kenny Aronoff under the banner of Chickenfoot at the Fillmore Auditorium on Wednesday. In perhaps a bold attempt to claim an independent identity, the band resisted the natural urge to play any songs from either Van Halen or the solo careers of Hagar and Satriani. A loose but rousing rendition of Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” served as the evening’s high point of energy, perhaps due to its global familiarity in the midst of Chickenfoot’s somewhat underground catalog. Satriani validated his reputation as a virtuoso player, while Hagar perpetuated his cult status of a beach loving party singer who can’t stop having a good time. Anthony reminded everyone that his background vocals were integral to the Van Halen sound, and Aronoff did a competent job of temporarily handling the drum duties of Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers). While the band clearly enjoyed playing together, the half-filled venue was demure in its applause. Perhaps as a direct response, Chickenfoot made the rather unexpected decision to not return for an encore.
Alan Cox is the president/creative director of Cox Creative, a Highlands Ranch-based creative shop. He works too much, sleeps too little and spends every free moment coaching baseball, shooting images and hanging out with his rowdy sons and rowdier wife. Check out his photos here.