Chickenfoot Comment on Occupy Wall Street
Chickenfoot‘s new song ‘I Need a Job‘ would surely find agreeing ears at the Occupy protests nationwide, and the band says they’re not opposed to bringing it to them. In an interview with Aquarian writer Bryan Reesman, Sammy Hagar says he doesn’t support them, but his bandmates disagree.
“If they had jobs, they probably wouldn’t be down there doing anything,” Hagar says. “We need to get ‘em jobs.” Hagar says he doesn’t support tearing down the current financial system but admits he doesn’t rely on Wall Street for his financial success anyway.
“I don’t believe in taking other people’s money and doing things with it. Everything I’ve ever done has been my own money and my own thing. I don’t endorse. The closest thing I came to getting involved with a big corporation was when I sold the tequila company to Gruppo Campari, who gave me enough money to change my life. I did it because I was over my head. It wasn’t for sale, but they offered and I went, ‘F–k! How can I turn this down?’”
Bassist Michael Anthony and guitarist Joe Satriani are more vocal about their support for Occupy Wall Street. Both like Hagar’s idea of renting a flat bed truck to drive to Zuccotti Park and play ‘I Need a Job,’ a song that features real letters sent to Chickenfoot from people out of work.
“People have the ability to let the powers that be know what’s really going on and what they’re thinking, and I don’t think they really need a solution,” Satriani says. “That’s not their point to say, ‘This is what we want and this is how you’re going to do it for us.’ That’s ridiculous to think that that’s the case.”
While Hagar isn’t known for being overtly political he has taken on the government and big business before, most memorably in ‘The Dream is Over’ from Van Halen‘s 1991 album ‘For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.’