Chickenfoot: I + III + LV

Classic rock supergroup’s story so far

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As Chickenfoot announce that 2013 will see them taking a break, here’s a timely reminder of what the band have released so far. The I + III + LV box set features their two impressive studio albums to date, plus LV, a collection of mostly unreleased live tracks.

There are extras included with both I and III. You get a DVD with the latter (although that’s been available before in III’s limited edition format), and the song Bitten By The Wolf on the former, which was only previously available on the vinyl version. But it’s LV that’ll sell the set because it really showcases why the band have established a reputation for being much more than just a vanity supergroup.

The combination of vocalist Sammy Hagar, guitarist Joe Satriani and bassist Michael Anthony is sometimes magical, mostly augmented on drums by Chad Smith. When you hear the joyous way in which they make everything sound so explosive in the live environment, you appreciate Chickenfoot’s forte is onstage.

The LV CD is also available to buy separately, and unless you’re an avid collector, it might be as well to go for that rather than a box set which offers little that’s new.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He died in 2021