Chickenfoot III tracklisting

PRESS RELEASE

(LOS ANGELES, CA – July 13, 2011) – A much anticipated follow up album to the successful eponymous debut of a rock band packed with successful veterans – guitar hero Joe Satriani, drummer Chad Smith, former Van Halenbassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar – has garnered a bevy of buzz and rumors that the band is setting straight today with the official announcement of the album title, full track listing, release date and more:“Chickenfoot III” (not IV as previously implied), produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica), is set for worldwide release on September 27th from eOne Music in North America and around the world by earMUSIC/Edel in a special 3D designed package. The album’s lead single “Big Foot,” is set for release on August 2nd.

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The rock is strong with this one

So I was digging through some old photos the other day and thought I might as well scan this one. It was taken when I’d just turned 11 in July 1989.

I was in fifth grade, and I was singing the song “Cry In Shame” by Johnny Diesel and the Injectors at a school assembly during Book Week. Diesel was one of my early guitar heroes. Naturally, being book week everybody had to dress as a character from a book. I was dressed as a rock star from Smash Hits magazine. Because that counts, right? I like that my audience includes a policeman and a princess. My god, I loved that grey stonewash denim jacket so much.

See that red guitar strap? I knitted that myself. It didn’t last too long but I thought it was pretty bitchen.

Oh and the guitar is a 60s Ibanez student acoustic that my next door neighbour gave me. It’s pretty beat up and not particularly collectible but I still have it and it’s kinda cool.

Note also the ultra-sophisticated microphone stand.

So what about I Heart Guitar readers? When did you start playing? Got any photos (embarrassing or otherwise) of your early gigs?

Here’s the song I was singing:

INTERVIEW: Queensryche’s Geoff Tate

Queensryche have never done what was expected of them. They pioneered progressive metal with the legendary concept album Operation: Mindcrime but followed it up with the pop-metal blockbuster Empire. Then they followed Empire with the dark, moody Promised Land. They finally released a sequel to Operation: Mindcrime in 2006, and followed that up with American Soldier, a heavy, intense journey into to horrors of war, both physical and emotional, culled from interviews with actual returned servicemen. New album Dedicated To Chaos (Roadrunner) is a complete about-face from American Soldier, a rhythm-driven, kaleidoscopic examination of modern attention spans (or the lack thereof).

Drummer Scott Rockenfield and bass player Eddie Jackson kickstarted the direction of the album when they turned in a series of riffs and jams that were a world away from the guitar-driven darkness of American Soldier. “That’s what makes it interesting and keeps us coming back for more as musicians,” says singer Geoff Tate, down the line at 2am Melbourne time. “In fact, one of the things that drew us together years ago when we first started out was the ability for almost everyone in the band to really communicate their thoughts on music, and to share their musical influences, which are pretty vast. I think if you look at all of our record collections we probably own every record ever made! I personally own seven or eight thousand records!”

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