5/20/09 Another week of great music is just getting started. Tuesday morning began with a wonderful conversation with an incredibly gifted young guitar player, 22-year old Davy Knowles, who leads his band Back Door Slam. I GUARANTEE you will be hearing lots more about this kid in the years to come.
I don't want to compare him with the greatest blues-rock guitarists, so I'll simply say this: he WILL be "The next Davy Knowles!"
Later Tuesday it was off to The Roxy to see Chickenfoot, the latest all-star collection of talented vets making amazing music, featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. WOW!!! What a show! Hot, sweaty, fun, loud: EVERYTHING a rock show should be! Here's my review:
FOOT STOMPIN': CHICKENFOOT FEEDS FUN AT ROXY!
An elbow-to-elbow crowd packed the word famous Roxy on Hollywood's Sunset Strip Tuesdaylike sardines to get a taste of Chickenfoot, the latest all-star lineup of top-notch talent to cook up some tasty classic rock, using just a slightly new recipe. Featuring Sammy Hagar on vocals and some occasional guitar (more on that in a minute), former fellow Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony on bass and wonderful harmony vocals, Joe Satriani on red-hot lead guitar, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, the band ripped through several songs available on their upcoming self-titled album, due June 9. Stand out tracks included "Oh Yeah," "My Kind of Girl" (on homage to single moms), "Down the Drain," and the set closer, "The Future is the Past." Then, the all-star group ended the evening with two classic cuts: Montrose's "Bad Motor Scooter" (the first song Hagar ever wrote), featuring a wailing guitar intro from Sammy himself, and a pedal to the metal version of Deep Purple's "Highway Star." And speaking of stars, Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience, and later up in the VIP bar, wearing a grin on his face, smiling with approval after Chickenfoot finally called it a night. The band's brief 9-city tour runs through May 29 in Philadelphia, but it's just the appetizer for a full-blown North American trek that kicks off in August. Get ready for full plate of Chickenfoot, coming to your town soon.