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
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.