Like superheroes, supergroups combine the specialized skills of larger-than-life characters with an utter refusal to use doors. Watch all-stars burst through the nearest wall with this GrouponLive deal to see Chickenfoot at the Bayou Music Center. For $27, you get one general-admission ticket on Tuesday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m. (up to a $53.04 value, including all fees).
Though the band doesn't consider itself a supergroup, the evidence is hard to ignore. First, there's Sammy Hagar. Seen neck-deep in agave while helming Cabo Wabo Tequila in recent years, Sammy is best known for the behemoth voice that fueled a solo career and a 13-year tenure with Van Halen, a band that also drew on the low notes of bassist Michael Anthony.
On the ax, Joe Satriani makes the guitar smoke, then makes it drink when its throat hurts from smoking. His Hendrix- and jazz-inspired technique, heard on hit albums such as "Surfing with the Alien" and in his work with fellow guitar gods Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, have earned him a rabid fan base comprising almost as many top-tier musicians as everyday music-lovers. Completing the quadrangle required for membership into the supergroup guild, Smith himself, otherwise seen behind the sticks in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, lays down solid beats while enjoying the change of pace provided by his bandmates' shirt-clad torsos.
Embarking on their Different Devil Tour to plug their second album, cheekily entitled Checkenfoot III, the stadium pros play to their strengths with slinky original numbers such as "Soap on a Rope" and the instantly familiar "Oh Yeah." Kentucky hard-rock troupe Black Stone Cherry starts the show with an earful of Southern-fried stompers.
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