Written by Chuck Mitchell
May 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
ImageThe Red Rocker flew through H-Town at speeds greater than 55 MPH with the rest of Chickenfoot in tow on May 29, 2012!  I have never had the pleasure of seeing Sammy Hagar live and can certainly tell you that I won’t miss him or Chickenfoot in the future.

Chickenfoot is a super group featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and ex-Van Halen front-man Sammy Hagar.

The packed house was pumped and ready to see Chickenfoot.  As soon as Joe Satriani stepped on stage, and started it with Lighten Up.  Satriani played for a minute and then the rest of the guys ran onto stage and the party got started!  Alright Alright came next with a break from the music to chat with crowd.

Chickenfoot hits including Big Foot, Sexy Little Thing, Soap on a Rope, My Kind Of Girl, and Last Temptation to name a few.

From unreal guitar solos from Satriani, incredible drumming abilities from Aronoff, outstanding bass skills by Anthony, to Hagar’s unmistakable voice that was on the money.

All in all, these guys put on a great show.  The crowd stayed rockin’ and singing along for as long as they were on stage!
Four guys from Edmonton Kentucky who call themselves Black Stone Cherry opened the show and definitely left their mark at the Bayou Music Center with a great sound of modern Southern Fried Rock-n-Roll.

The high energy quartet called Black Stone Cherry consists of vocalist Chris Robertson, guitarist Ben Wells, bassist Jon Lawhon and drummer John Fred Young. These guys have played together for almost 12 years while practicing in an old farm house which they call The Practice House.

Much of their early inspiration came from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cream, Howlin’ Wolf and the Kentucky Headhunters.  BSC has direct ties to the Kentucky Headhunters.  Drummer John Fred Young’s father and Uncle were both founding members of the classic country rockers the Kentucky Headhunters.

ImageBlack Stone Cherry took the stage and opened with the track Change from their last studio album Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.  Chris Robertson is a beast on the guitar and he has the vocals that would make Elvis roll over in his grave!

The heartfelt lyrics that he sings are a testament to where the band came from and who they are.  Many of the lyrics talk about personal experiences and some of the legends from Kentucky.  During the performance both he and guitarist Wells keep things moving while sharing both the rhythm and lead duties for the band.  The Bassist, Jon Lawhon, assists with the vocals and can make a bass guitar do things that most other bass players can’t!  John Fred Young is an absolute maniac on the drums.  One minute he is sitting on his stool banging on the skins and the next minute he is standing up not missing a beat.

The guys broke into Blame It On The Boom Boom and the crowd seemed to know every word.  Robertson would often point the mic to the crowd and invite them to sing along.

During the bands final song, Lawhon flipped his bass over, held it up for Young who then began to play the thing with his drum sticks to create a captivatingly unique sound!

Black Stone Cherry played a great selection of tracks from each of their highly rated albums including the incredible Blind Man, Soul Creek, In My Blood, Like I Roll, Blame It on the Boom Boom and the excellent White Trash Millionaire.

The song In My Blood has a unique story behind it.  The guys wrote this tune about their own life and being on the road for months at a time while missing their family and friends back home.  In the music video the band follows PFC. Randy Hirneisen who is a 20 year old Army soldier, from war-torn Afghanistan to his hometown in Georgia where he meets his son for the first time.  This is a true representation of who these guys really are. Down to earth genuine good people who can rock the house like no other!

Black Stone Cherry has opened for bands like Motley Crue, Motorhead, Nickleback and Soundgarden to name a few.  They also headline sold out shows in the UK with #1 hits on the UK rock chart.