It's all been a bit of an early morning wake up for Sammy Hager. So long used to the stadium filled masses following Montrose and Van Halen, in 2008 he formed one his many side projects 'Chickenfoot'. This was a full blown supergroup with Joe Satriani and two Red Hot Chilli Peppers. The 2009 album achieved gold status and all things go big.
But we all know what can happen to supergroups.
A recent Rolling Stone interview with Hager reveals the grim world of hawking your wares in 2014.
"Going through the whole experience with a record label, and then going out and doing 150 interviews, a big tour and waking up at 4:00 a.m. to go on Howard Stern all to sell 35,000 CDs… It starts to feel like, "mmmm. Is this pay to play?"
I mean, I love making music but doing it on Chickenfoot's level means spending a half million on a record. We write and record for six months. It's a lot of work, and then to not sell many records. It's disappointing. I don't like being disappointed. I like winning.”
And on the other side of the world, Hull to be precise, The Black Delta Movement release a version of Kim Fowley's1960's single 'The Trip'.
Kim Fowley being suitably described as "a shadowy cult figure well outside the margins of the mainstream" hardly needs a second income of royalties for it, unlike The Black Delta lads who could probably well do with the boost, but top marks to them for even finding Fowley's original piece of psyche novelty and doing something decent with it.