Grammy SoundChecks offered 50 students — including South El Monte High School students and Grammy USM members from universities across the Los Angeles area — a unique opportunity to experience a special rehearsal with CHICKENFOOT, followed by an interactive and candid question-and-answer discussion. This event took place this past Sunday, September 27 before the band's performance at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.
Watch video footage of the soundcheck and question-and-answer discussion below (courtesy of Rockerrazzi.com).
Grammy SoundChecks provides young people with a glimpse into the realities of music careers by inviting them to attend rehearsals and concert sound checks of major artists.
Grammy SoundChecks' goal is to engage students in conversation with the artists and their touring staff about the specifics of their careers and the necessary preparation for success.
Grammy SoundChecks has featured a host of artists, including BABYFACE, MARY J. BLIGE, MARIAH CAREY, COLDPLAY, DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, DESTINY'S CHILD, MACY GRAY, BILLY JOEL, JACK JOHNSON, JUANES, JOHN MAYER, NO DOUBT, BONNIE RAITT, JAMES TAYLOR, U2 and KANYE WEST. Production pros, tech crews, tour managers, and other behind-the-scenes professionals also have participated to provide additional insight into the broad spectrum of careers available in music.
CHICKENFOOT's September 23 concert at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona was filmed for possible use on a future DVD release. The band's August 30, 2009 show at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia was also recorded for the same purpose.
CHICKENFOOT's self-titled debut album was certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) on September 10, 2009 for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies in the United States. The LP — which has actually shifted less than 350,000 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan — 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 was formed last year by ex-VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar, who enlisted former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani, and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith to complete the lineup, which has toured the U.S. and Europe since the release of the CD.