Picks and Pans Review: Attack of the ... Supergroups

UPDATED 05/18/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/18/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

>• Find out where members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hanson and Maroon 5 are moonlighting.


Singer Sammy Hagar, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, guitar god Joe Satriani and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony.

The link: No spring chickens, these rockers are all over 45.

Super or not? Their self-titled album, due June 9, is a blast for classic-rock fans.


Hanson singer Taylor Hanson, Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Fountains of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos.

The link: Hanson and Schlesinger met in the '90s, Iha and Schlesinger co-own a label, and both FOW and the Pumpkins have played with Cheap Trick.

Super or not? Syrupy vocals aside, the pop-rock on Tinted Windows will hook you.


Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine, Phantom Planet bassist Sam Farrar and Gomez singer Ian Ball, among others.

The link: Maui, Hawaii, where the 14 (!) members vacationed together, staying in tree houses, and made music.

Super or not? The raw quality detracts from the breezy, Wilco-like jams on Operation Aloha.

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