In a recently published interview with Ultimate-Guitar.com’s Robert Gray as part of his Hit The Lights series, Joe Satriani discussed CHICKENFOOT, and his impending copyright case against COLDPLAY. Satriani revealed the following information regarding CHICKENFOOT’s formation;
“I’ve known Sammy (Hagar, ex-VAN HALEN vocalist) for quite a long time, and we live in the same area. For a short period, we were actually part of a group together called PLANET US. He called me roughly a year and a half ago, and asked me to join him onstage just for fun. We jammed at the end of one of his Las Vegas shows, and that was really the beginning of the CHICKENFOOT experience. Chad (Smith, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer), Mike (Michael Anthony, ex-VAN HALEN bassist) and myself all just thought we would jam, and have a good time, though it turned out to be profoundly good. We looked at each other onstage, and said “Wow, we should be a group. What will we do about that?”. We took it from there. We promised each other that we should write some tracks, should get together, and should see if we could take things towards the next step. For roughly nine months, we pursued this here and there, but then we finally put our feet down, and said “Ok. Let’s enter the studio, and pursue this for real”.”
Satriani also shared his thoughts on COLDPLAY winning the “Song of the Year” Grammy Award for “Viva la Vida” at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards:
“I’m happy for the group, and in a very weird way, I was happy to hear my melody being celebrated. However, I was slightly confused that NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.), the organisation which handles the Grammy Awards, would even consider nominating a track which they knew was heavily contested. These are the people who voted for MILLI VANILLI, though it isn’t really their job I suppose.”
To read the interview in full, go here.