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Music DVD Review: Chickenfoot – Get Your Buzz On Live

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When Chickenfoot released their self-titled debut album back in June of 2009, I was intrigued to say the least. I've been a Sammy Hagar fan going all the way back to his Montrose days of the early '70s, and on through his years in Van Halen with fellow Footee Michael Anthony. I started digging Chad Smith for more than just his funked up Chili Peppers drum work, when he started playing on all of Glenn Hughes soul-rock albums and tours since around 2005. The icing on the cake, though, was finally seeing my man Joe Satriani playing in an honest-to-goodness rock and roll band.

Chickenfoot's debut album has already sold over 750,00 copies and has been a Top 10 radio mainstay since it's release last June. The band embarked on a small North American club tour, toured Europe in the Summer of 2009, and triumphantly returned to North America for more sold out summer and fall tours. Get Your Buzz On Live captures the band's full 90-minute set at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona on September 23rd, 2009.

I'll lead off by admitting that I wasn't exactly wowed by the debut Chickenfoot CD. Sure its chock-full of some decent, summer, party-rock, a la your typical Sammy Hagar album. But it's also something you'll probably just play for the summer and then soon forget about. It is however a much welcome retreat from all of the other crap that currently fills up the charts. I would expect a follow up album to be much better, now that they have toured and lived as a band together, and probably have a better idea of where they want to go musically.

The DVD begins with some backstage footage showing the band and crew huddled for a Hagar-led prayer, just before they take the stage. It ends with them all chanting "I am the resurrection and the life!" several times. Geez, no wonder Eddie kicked him out of Van Halen. The band hits the stage and tears through the entire Chickenfoot album – the only exception being that they played "Bitten By The Wolf," from the two disc deluxe edition, in lieu of "Runnin' Out."

Although Chickenfoot are a brand new band, these veteran rockers certainly know how to put on a full-blown arena rock spectacle. The light show was amazing and the band's energy was infectious. These old timers have been resurrected. You can tell that they genuinely enjoy playing together and are having a blast riding the current Chickenfoot tidal wave. The concert started off kind of slow for me, but it continued to build momentum as some of the better songs, like "Oh Yeah," "Learning' To Fall," and "Turnin' Left," are trotted out during the second half of the set.

The encore set was pretty cool, leading off with the old Montrose classic, "Bad Motor Scooter," which featured some bodacious slide guitar work from Sammy, and then they closed out the show with a spirited rendition of The Who's "My Generation," which ends with some equally spirited drum kit demolition by Chad Smith.

The concert was filmed in hi-definition by award-winning director Daniel E. Catullo III, who has produced and/or directed some of the best concert DVDs of the last decade, and he has hit another home run here. Your audio options are DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround as well as Dolby Stereo and they all sound powerful. The widescreen picture looks nearly flawless and Catullo's camera work was excellent as always.

I'm not sure if I just got a bum DVD copy, but the audio and video were out of sync just enough to make it noticeable and therefore very annoying. This affected all three audio tracks, but this doesn't affect my production rating (at least until I can confirm the scope of the problem).

The special features included some backstage footage, band interviews, extra performance footage, a photo gallery and some hilarious segments featuring special guests Bob Weir, Adam Corolla, and Christopher Guest, in full Nigel Tufnel (Spinal Tap) mode.

If you just can't get enough of the debut Chickenfoot CD, then you are going to eat this DVD up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Arena rock rides again.

Track List:

01. Avenida Revolution
02. Sexy Little Thing
03. Soap On A Rope
04. My Kinda Girl
05. Down The Drain
06. Bitten By The Wolf
07. Oh Yeah
08. Learnin’ To Fall
09. Get It Up
10. Turnin’ Left
11. Future In The Past
12. Bad Motor Scooter
13. My Generation

Ratings:

Performance – 7/10
Production – 9/10

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  • Felix B.

    Great review. I just bought the Chickenfoot DVD and the 5.1 Surround mix is fantastic, as is the hi-def camera work. The band do justice to their self titled debut album, and in fact, the sound and energy on this live DVD is actually more powerful than the album. If you loved the album, Buzz On Live will definitely blow your head off (but in a wonderful way). Satriani and Michael Antony were made for each other – such great guitar players. Hagar and Smith – this is the ultimate dream team and makes Them Crooked Vultures sound like Maroon 5.

  • Pat

    You weren’t the only one to get a bum dvd. I had to turn it off half way through the second song because I couldn’t handle the audio/video sync issues.

  • Brad

    The picture quality on my DVD was horrible, looks all pixelated and a ‘stream like’ video from youtube.

    The menu audio ‘pulsates’ too awful!

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