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So yeah whatever Ephman's back at the Beacon Theatre, this time to see Chickenfoot. Only to be hasselled by the man. Security so sucks there now since they renovated, and yeah, Ephman will keep saying that. And he'll keep going back. Enough complaining!
Chickenfoot ain't quite a superband. And Ephman bets that if you asked them "hey Chickenfoot, are you a superband?", they'd probably all just laugh at him. But the bands pedigree might make you think different. Sammy Hagar, and Michael Anthony both kicked out of Van Halen (good for us, bad for Halen), Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the legendary axe man himself Joe Satriani (almost a hometown boy). They're like the best out of the best aren't they? But Ephman's not really a Van Halen fan, actually doesn't really like Hagar all too much. All that screaming maybe. Kind of thinks the Red Hot Chili Peppers are alright, but they're songs all sound so similar. And Joe Satriani's fingers move so fast, it's like impossible to figure out what he's playing! So Ephman had to come into this concert with an open mind.
Right from the start Hagar rocked it! Albeit a little bit too much "tequila" talk (he knows what that means). For a 62 year old guy... Ephman now bows down. Ok maybe not bow, but really looks up to. Hagar, you have a new fan. Just the way he interacted with the audience. Trying on the shirts thrown up, making fun of the guy passed out in the first row, and really showing that he cared we all came, he's seems like a nice guy.
Michael Anthony's bass playing was solid. But you knew you were going to get that. The way he moves still reminds Ephman of the Jump video. He does still stand up right by the drums, and he does still walk around. There was a cool part near the end of the show that he used the floor of the stage to help him play. Sorry just one of those things you needed to be there for. Did he lose weight? Looking good Mike. Keep it up!
Oh my gosh, Chad Smith you are a drumming god! Neil Peart you many never be unseated as the finest drummer in Rock 'n Roll, but Chad is closing up fast. He must have gone through a forest of sticks. If it wasn't him throwing them out to the audience at every chance he had, he was breaking them. It was just one big drum solo, and not the boring Grateful Dead kind. Where there was a note to fit in, it was fit in.
Hello Joe! That's all Ephman can say. You are just amazing. Amazing. Amazing. On the 40th anniversary of Woodstock, and less then a week after the inventor of the electric guitar died, you made Hendrix and Les Paul proud. Not to mention your Mom who came out on stage, maybe a little drunk (right Hagar?) Just like Chad, if there was a spot for a note, Joe picked it. Ephman needs to grab a few of this dude's work.
Ephman's kind of thinking that if there was a fault with this show, it might have been the selection of songs. Damn good he had the album to listen to about 100 times before the show. Because there was like almost nothing you could have recognized as a big hit. Oh except for a tiny bit of Led Zepplin's Immigrant Song. Anyways the show as good, the album was good, and Ephman was totally blown out of his seat and surprised. Great stuff kids. If you guys come back to NYC Ephman will be there.