Drummer Chad Smith rejoined CHICKENFOOT on stage last night (Wednesday, May 16) at Orpheum Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. Smith, who hasn’t been touring with CHICKENFOOT due to his commitments with RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS (his temporary replacement is Kenny Aronoff), came up onstage during CHICKENFOOT‘s encore and played an impromptu solo, after which he was joined by the other members of CHICKENFOOT for renditions of “Oh Yeah”, JIMI HENDRIX‘s “Foxey Lady” (with a bit of “Manic Depression” thrown in), “Different Devil”, and a tribute to the late Ronnie Montrose in the form of MONTROSE‘s “Rock Candy”.
Fan-filmed video footage of last night’s concert can be seen below.
CHICKENFOOT singer Sammy Hagar said that Aronoff was Smith‘s personal choice as the band’s touring drummer, saying, “Chad picked him because he said Kenny‘s just like him. He beats his drum set to death. He doesn’t play them. He beats them to death. At the end of every show you have to buy a new drum set for these guys. We need that power.”
CHICKENFOOT‘s sophomore album, “III”, sold 42,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 9 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s self-titled debut opened with 49,000 units back in June 2009 to debut at No. 6.
“III” was produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, METALLICA) and is the much-anticipated follow-up album to the successful eponymous debut of a rock band packed with successful veterans.