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In the same week that Van Halen aired their new single 'Tattoo' to the world, former members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony proved there is no love lost and showed there is nothing to worry about when they have moved forward in such a big step with the supergroup that is Chickenfoot, a band that tonight didn't have to rely on past glories by only playing tracks from their two eponymous albums 'I' & 'III' and holding the audiences attention throughout.

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani let loose and explored more of a wild fashion than he does on the studio albums. Drummer Chad Smith was away busy in his day job with the Red Hot Chili Peppers so it was down to Kenny Aronoff to provide the beef stroganoff to cook up a stew of meaty pounding heavy rhythms that shook the Brixton Academy.

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Sammy Hagar still has the top notch voice he had when the world first heard him in Montrose back in '73 and now at 64 years old, he has the energy of a man the third of his age, jumping around and even at times air guitaring. Hagar even declared his love of British ales. Two nights before in Manchester he was swigging from a bottle of Hogwarts. Tonight the drink of choice was Spitfire.

This was Chickenfoot's third UK appearance, the first being back in June 2009 with a roof blowing show at the Shepherds Bush Empire, a night when Hagar almost got decapitated from the throwing of Chad Smith's cymbals (strangely the same night as Michael Jackson lost his life). However Hagar was taking no chances tonight, jokingly telling Brixton that the drum kit is firmly nailed down.


The unmistakable backing vocals of Michael Anthony are pristinely audible whilst staying tight and heavy on the bass. Smokin' Joe Satriani really let rip into a world of wizzardry especially on songs that were drawn out into a new direction such as 'Down The Drain' and 'Turnin' Left'. He left many with jaws hitting the floor, dishing out licks as if he is spreading out chickenfeed.

'Three And A Half Letters' brought a sensible serious edge to the gig with the lyrics focusing on returning army personnel finding no work in civilian life. The encore of the next single 'Different Devil' eased the pace and showed the band can write commercial hits that hit the right note.


A frenzied cover of Jimi Hendrix's 'Foxy Lady' ended a set that flew by all too quickly. The chemistry of this band is there for all to see. It seems as if the band have known each other all their lives and are the best of buddies away on a field adventure.

Afterwards in the pub my friend said that Chickenfoot are like the characters from Top Cat for which I had to laugh and agree. TC, Choo Choo, Benny The Ball and Brain (I'll let you, the reader, work out which one is which), but this was a tip top... Top Cat performance.


Set list

Lighten Up
Alright Alright
Big Foot
Sexy Little Thing
Soap On A Rope
Up Next
My Kinda Girl
Down The Drain
Three And A Half Letters
Something Going Wrong
Turnin' Left
Future In The Past

Different Devil
Oh Yeah
Foxy Lady

Thanks to Stephen Fourie for the pics.




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.

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