2009 Montreux Jazz Festival : Chickenfoot, Dave Matthews Band, Steely Dan
"It's signed by everybody that played here tonight," said Satriani as he showed it to the crowd. "But Dave Matthews got a little rubbed out."
"Shit," responded an almost out of breath Hagar, "Matthews tried to rub us out. Dave Matthews is too fucking good to play before us. I asked Claude if he was trying to ruin us already! We can't follow Dave Matthews."
He sure as blazes did that night, as Chickenfoot flat out rocked one of the heaviest shows seen since the holy heydays of Led Zeppelin or Jefferson Airplane.
Beyond the realm of cookie cutter clones, triplet shows often end up a better or worse mixed blessing. Overall, the concert went something like this:
Steely Dan gave an engaging performance of their excellent material. Even an off night is special in their realm.
The Dave Matthews Band presented truly exceptional material. Pound for pound, they're probably as good a group as you're likely to see these days.
Chickenfoot exceeded the sum of their own well accomplished parts. They may never fully escape the shadow of Van Halen, but tonight they capped a sensationally spirited triple bill for the ages.