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Steve Goldby


'Supergroups' are a rock 'n' roll enigma. When megastars unite, the expectation levels are usually so high that the end product seemingly falls short, Them Crooked Vultures, The Firm and Gogmagog being classic examples.

But Chickenfoot appear to have broken the mould here with an exquisite performance from four virtuosos who look like they have been playing together for years.

To be fair, Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony have, although it's been a good few years since their last outing together with Van Halen, and you can certainly hear some Van Halen licks and grooves in the songs on this DVD, although the actual song quality has not yet reached its complete potential.

So do Hagar and Anthony mix it up well with Satriani and does Joe fill the shoes of Eddie Van Halen? You bet, and then some...

Joe works his absolute magic from start to finish without pausing for breath and makes the whole thing look so God-damn easy. But it's far from easy in reality.

What it is is a stunning display of musicianship by four of the best on their field and you will be spellbound by the sheer technical wizardry that Chickenfoot demonstrate in this very special gig.

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Get Your Buzz On Live features the full live show from the group when they played live at The Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona last September 23. There is also footage from the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

Also included on the disc is a documentary, backstage footage, photo gallery, interviews with the band, and other bonus content. There's also special guest appearances from Adam Corolla, Bob Weir, and Christopher Guest who was 'Nigel Tufnel' of Spinal Tap.

The band look completely comfortable, totally into it and are clearly enjoying themselves thoroughly. The concert footage itself opens with a backstage shot of the group and crew locked in a football style hug and praising 'the resurrection and the life'. Whether this is for real or some sort of joke is unclear and if Hagar, Satriani et al have really found religion, it has not been widely publicised. This clip was unnecessary and pointless as organised religion has no place at all in rock 'n' roll.

However, opener 'Avenida Revolution' sets the tone for the whole DVD as the band start by firing on all cylinders and never let up once. Satriani is absolutely on fire and this is where we get our first taste of the aforementioned Van Halen-isms with Michael's backing vocal melodies connecting beautifully with Sammy's lead to remind us all of a very special bygone era.

You simply cannot fault the highly accomplished musicianship as the band rip into the set with a gusto. Every track is most definitely a winner but the package lacks a truly classic song, however I fully expect this band to produce one sooner rather than later if indeed this is to be a long term project.

'Get It Up' provides a great crowd participation moment and we are treated to Sammy's classic 'Bad Motor Scooter' - the first song he ever wrote according to the frontman - and The Who's 'My Generation' to finish off proceedings.

'BMS' is introduced by a slick piece of slide guitar played by Hagar himself and special mention must go to Chad Smith, drummer extraordinaire who teams up perfectly with Michael Anthony to from a magical rythym section of the highest class.

This whole package is a worthy addition to any collection and it's no surprise that Chickenfoot won the 'Best New Band' award at last year's Classic Rock awards. All we need now is that truly classic song for Chickenfoot to surely become a huge household name.

'Chickenfoot: Get Your Buzz On 'Live'' is released on DVD & Blu-ray in the USA by EMI America (April 20) and in the UK by Eagle Rock Entertainment (April 26). Further info:



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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