Video: CHICKENFOOT Performs DEEP PURPLE's 'Highway Star'
March 29, 2017
Supergroup CHICKENFOOT released "Best + Live", the band's first-ever best-of collection, on March 10. CHICKENFOOT features legendary guitarist Joe Satriani, former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar, ex-VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith.
In addition to "Divine Termination", CHICKENFOOT's first new tune in five years, "Best + Live" includes over 90 minutes of live music for the first time released on CD. Also featured on the set is CHICKENFOOT's cover version of the DEEP PURPLE classic "Highway Star".
A video clip of CHICKENFOOT performing "Highway Star" at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco during the band's debut run of shows in small clubs in May 2009 can be seen below.
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". 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 setlist, including almost every song from CHICKENFOOT's debut album as well as Hagar's old MONTROSE classic "Bad Motor Scooter", THE WHO's "My Generation" and 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").
"Best + Live" track listing:
CD1 – Best Of
01. Divine Termination (brand 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
CHICKENFOOT has not made a new CD in five years but returned to the studio to record "Divine Termination".
"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 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.