CHICKENFOOT — the new supergroup featuring Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Michael Anthony (ex-VAN HALEN), Joe Satriani and Sammy Hagar (ex-VAN HALEN) — has issued the following statement:
"We are sorry to inform our Spanish fans that CHICKENFOOT cannot perform tomorrow night in Madrid due to a serious injury to drummer Chad Smith. Chad was performing on stage last night in Paris and during the show he hurt his right arm badly. He has torn his small bicep and cannot play the show Wednesday, July 1. The band is very sorry they cannot play for their Spanish fans this week and plan to return as soon as possible."
Fan-filmed video footage of CHICKENFOOT's June 25, 2009 headlining performance at Shepherd's Bush in London, England can be viewed below (courtesy of "Chromeboy2003").
CHICKENFOOT's self-titled debut album has sold 174,000 copies in the United States since its June 5 release. The LP is packaged in heat-sensitive artwork, which means when you put your hand on the CD inlay, photos of the band members are revealed behind the CHICKENFOOT band logo.
CHICKENFOOT first got together more than a year ago when they started jamming in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Although they called the band CHICKENFOOT at the time, Satriani told The Pulse of Radio that nobody thought the name would stick. "Sammy's saying, 'Oh, you know, we can call it CHICKENFOOT,' and everybody laughs and says, 'Yeah, okay, it'll never be called CHICKENFOOT, of course, that's a horrible name.' And that's the way it was for about nine months, until finally someone said, 'You know, you can't change it now, everyone's calling you guys CHICKENFOOT.' So we wound up with that name, I think, quite by accident."
The band will launch its first major North American tour on August 2 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, finishing up on September 5 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. This will be the group's first extensive run since completing a nine-date club jaunt last month.