Im sorry. I dont mean to sound too critical here. But the term Supergroup has resurfaced and its left me shaking my head. It was announced this week that Chickenfoot is scheduled to perform at the Uptown Amphitheatre in the nearly-complete N.C. Music Factory. Chickenfoot? Yes, Chickenfoot.
Only a group comprised of current and future rock 'n' roll Hall of Famers could get away strike that narrowly escape with such an obnoxious band name. Maybe it was drummer Chad Smiths idea. After all, the name Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smiths primary gig, probably sounded a bit silly before Flea thumped his first bass line or violated his first tube sock.
Regardless, former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, guitar legend Joe Satriani and Smith take the Uptown stage on August 27, united as one. One Chickenfoot, that is. Wait until you see the logo.
Moving on to Tinted Windows.
It was former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha who, in my opinion, crystallized Siamese Dream, one of the best rock albums over the past 20 years and the bands finest effort, by far. Songs like Today, Hummer and Soma. Man, so good.
Following his departure from Corgan & Co., Iha tooled around a few projects and recently settled my word, not his on none other than Taylor Hanson, the MMMBoppin boy toy from the 90s family band, Hanson.
Were in a recession, sure, but I didnt realize guys needed work this bad. The power pop quartet is rounded out with Fountains of Wayne guitarist Adam Schlesinger and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos. Technically, tinted windows are legal in the state of North Carolina, so theres still a chance of an unsuspecting tour stop for now. In fact, rumor has it they'll perform a free show at the Epicentre this summer.
To be fair, its really all about the music. I know this. Its not uncommon to criticize a concept before being blown away by the end result. Audioslave put together some pretty strong songs after serious question marks about a Chris Cornell/Rage hook-up. Velvet Revolver was okay. Tinted Windows? Gauge for yourself, but Im not feeling it.
Typically, these kinds of efforts are short-lived, and the grand total is rarely more than the sum of the parts. Think New York Yankees. Or, in NFL terms, does anyone even watch the Pro Bowl?
Id like to check out Chickenfoots show here in Charlotte. The music Ive heard is not bad, and theyre selling the hell out of their club dates, from what Ive read. Plus, its another excuse to visit the N.C. Music Factory the most exciting news out of the Q.C. this summer! And at the end of the day, its Sammy effing Hagar!
But Id have to temper my expectations. Hagars not belting out Dreams. Eddie Van Halen is not walking through that door (and for you TW fans, neither are Zac and Isaac Hanson, thank God). These random collections of all-stars, when they hit the stage, are only as good as the new music they create. Grammys are checked at the door.
I just think most of them shouldve stayed home for the night.