Sunday, May 20, 2012

Concert Review: Chickenfoot Show Their Youthful Side At Mohegan Sun

It seems that the band Chickenfoot have found the fountain of youth. Original band members Joe Satriani and Michael Anthony are in their mid-to-late fifties and lead singer Sammy Hagar is approaching his mid-sixties. Chickenfoot can still rock as they proved last Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun arena.

Guitarist Joe Satriani started the night off with the guitar intro to “Lighten Up” off the band’s latest release, “Chickenfoot III.” The harmonizing between Hagar and Michael Anthony was spot on all night, especially on the chorus of “Alright, Alright” and “Sexy Little Thing.” The addition of Kenny Aronoff on drums gave the songs a heavier, more hard rock feel, especially “Soap On A Rope” and “Last Temptation.” The band was on fire, locking in to the perfect rock riff during an epic version of “Down The Drain” that featured an outstanding solo from Satriani. Hagar strapped on his guitar for the set closer “Future In The Past,” as images of the band flashed on the screens in back.

Hagar expressed how much fun he had performing with these guys and that they always enjoy playing at Mohegan Sun. The encore began with another new song, “Different Devil,” before the crowd entertained the band with shouts of “oh yeah!” during the chorus of the song “Oh Yeah.” The evening closed with Chickenfoot performing the Montrose song “Rock Candy,” which Hagar stated was the first song he ever wrote.

While the set consisted of only fourteen songs, the band jammed on every song, featuring so many blazing solos from Satriani. The band and the audience seemed to feed off each other’s energy as each witnessed a great night of rock music, which could be the secret to the “fountain of youth.”

Setlist: Lighten Up, Alright Alright, Big Foot, Sexy Little Thing, Soap On A Rope, Last Temptation, My Kinda Girl, Down The Drain, Something Going Wrong, Turnin’ Left, Future In The Past
(encore) Different Devil, Oh Yeah, Rock Candy

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