When Chickenfoot toured in support of their self-titled 2009 debut album, the members of the supergroup stayed away from performing songs by their famous former bands, in order to establish a separate new identity.
However... now that they've got a new album ('III,' read our review here) and presumably a new tour coming soon, maybe it's time they bring some Van Halen, or Red Hot Chili Peppers, into the mix, or songs from Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani's solo careers into the setlist. If they were to decide to do so, may we humbly suggest 5 Songs Chickenfoot Should Play in Concert:
'Big Bad Moon' From Joe Satriani, 'Flying in a Blue Dream' (1989)
Satriani typically sticks to instrumental songs on his highly successful solo albums, but for a half-dozen or so tracks on the follow-up to his 1987 breakthrough 'Surfing With the Alien,' he took his turn at the microphone as well. Satch does pretty well, but maybe we let Sammy take over instead, just so he can feel useful, whaddya say?
'There's Only One Way to Rock' Sammy Hagar, 'Standing Hampton' (1981)
Yes, it's one of the Red Rocker's most enduring and crowd-pleasing anthems, but the main reason we'd want Chickenfoot to play this song is so that we can watch Hagar gamely duel with Satriani like he used to do with Eddie Van Halen, or if you wanna go way back and change songs, with Gary Pihl. (PS - yes, we know Chickenfoot did 'Bad Motor Scooter' on tour, it was awesome!)
'Give It Away'Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'Blood Sugar Sex Magic' (1991)
OK, granted, this would be really different, particularly with Sammy singing instead of Anthony Kiedis on half-rapping on vocals. But are you gonna tell us you're not curious to see Michael Anthony take on Flea's elastic basslines while Satriani does his best chicken-scratching all over this song? Of course, this really only makes sense with Chad Smith rejoins the band on his breaks from the Chili Peppers tour.
'Somebody Get Me a Doctor'Van Halen, 'II,' (1979)
Why a David Lee Roth-era Van Halen song? For two reasons: to honor Michael Anthony's time with that legendary lineup of the band, and to give our favorite whiskey and hot-sauce loving bassist a chance to take over on vocals, like he did on his last tour with VH.
'Poundcake'Van Halen, 'For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge' (1991)
So we've covered everyone's previous careers pretty well, with one notable exception: there's nothing yet from the four multi-platinum records Hagar and Anthony recorded together during Sammy's decade-plus reign as Van Halen's lead singer. Let's fix that with a rocker Satriani and Smith (or Aronoff) can really sink their teeth into.