There often comes a time when a band or bands get so big that they eventually explode. Where do all those pieces (i.e., members) land after that explosion? Well, very often those little pieces join up and become an all-star project or super-group of some sort. I am thinking of bands like Them Crooked Vultures, Velvet Revolver, Black Country Communion, Brides Of Destruction and of course Chickenfoot. There are tons more but you get my point.
I’ve been a Hagar fan forever so it was only natural that I was curious about his post-Van Halen band, Chickenfoot. I became a fan right away and enjoyed both albums. Chickenfoot started as a fun band, got big and then was on –again, off-again for many years. I was in the mood to hear them again so I pulled out this older DVD and decided to review it.
GET YOUR BUZZ ON LIVE is one of those annoying enviro-pack DVDs with little to no substance in the packaging, (no plastic case) but it did house a 12 page booklet with some live photos of the band. As the title might lead you to believe, this is a live concert DVD, with a documentary.
The concert was filmed at The Dodge Theater in Arizona during their first tour and runs about 90 minutes. It is a well-filmed, good-sounding, multi-camera professional shoot. The band run through most of the debut album and throw in an Montrose tune and a Who cover at the end. It is pretty basic, but super fun straight-up rock and roll concert. That is what these guys do best.
As fun as the concert was, to me the highlight is the 50 minute documentary. I think that when the members of the band are that relaxed, that wealthy, that drunk and having that much fun that a behind-the-scenes video is bound to be entertaining. We get to see Nigel Hufnel of the legendary Spinal Tap interview Joe Satriani. We get to see Sammy Hagar hang out with a guy from the Grateful Dead. We get to see Michael Anthony having hot wings with a comedian and we get to see Chad Smith doing all sorts of weird stuff including a photo-shoot in an elf costume. The documentary, and I use that term very loosely, is well produced, causal and fun. It doesn’t really follow too much of a structure, just kind of a guy or two following people around letting the camera roll. Let’s face it, these old rockers are all millionaire rock stars, having a blast with their friends, enjoying a bit of resurgence with a well-received album, a North American tour and European festival dates. What’s not to be happy about?
This is one of the last great American Super-groups that made an sort of dent in the music charts and that was already full decade ago. This nicely encapsulates those special moments in time from Chickenfoot and their fans.