Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Rating: Live
Label: Edel/ear-music 2012
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Plenty of the chicken soup recently as we've been sick as the dog. Thank God! they (the soup business people?) decided to leave out the foot in the dish... or... at least I bloody well hope so? These guys, however, from their first initial meeting way back in the early U.S. hard rock scene, to recently hanging out together on their 'Different Devil' tour around the states, it was clear that Chickenfoot were a class act consisting of top notch musicians. But what about the actual songs?

"LV"- the rather strange live outing where tracks 1-4 were recorded may-June 2012 and tracks 5-9 dates all the way back to September 23rd, 2009. The music speaks for itself though, and the same goes for the all-star line-up: Sammy 'I Can't Drive 55' Hagar, Joe 'Whammy Bar' Satriani, Michael 'Mammoth' Anthony, and last and probably least, Kenny 'Bam-Bam' Aronoff. The band simply cranked their intensity level up another notch live and went for it. I wouldn't say that their music sound evolved into anything fresh since it's basically the old Montrose formula, only not as great and original as their debut. In fact, I've always found Chickenfoot to be average at their best. Excellent musicians and oh-so dire songs. It's difficult to sing-a-long to these melodies since they do not come with any choruses whatsoever really. It's like if you're listening to a long jam-session. Nah, give me the Montrose debut, Van Hagar, or any 80's Hagar solo album instead. "My Kinda Girl" is my kinda music though. Meh.

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