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Battle Of The New Supergroups: Ex-Van Halen Members, Rage, White Stripes & More Face Off

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Is it my imagination or does it seem as if the parade of new supergroups is never ending? In this space we've previously shone the spotlight on Tinted Windows and the Dead Weather, but we're bringing 'em back again so they can face off against some new entries in the new supergroup sweepstakes. Check 'em out below and let us know which combos you think are the bee's knees and which are a bad idea.

How do veteran rockers seem new after they're ousted from their multi-platinum bands? They form a new group and start all over again. That's the case with half of Chickenfoot, which is better known as half of Van Halen from 1985 through 1996, or the half without the Van Halen surname, namely singer/guitarist Sammy Hagar and bassist/backing vocalist Michael Anthony.

The ex-VHers are joined in the 'foot by Joe Satriani, who is considered a guitar God by those who consider such things. However, he might be best known to most as the guy that's suing Coldplay for copyright infringement, claiming the band's "Viva La Vida" is a rip off of his song that few ever heard before he made the claim. He also holds the distinction of having the most Grammy Award nominations (15) without winning.

Adding alt-rock credibility to the 'foot is Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith--that is if the Peppers can still be considered alt-rock or credible at this late date. Check out the clip, featuring a montage of songs from the band's album, and let me know if you're in for a game of chicken or this band should be given on swift foot.

I think that Tom Morello has a secret competition going with the Jack White to see who can release the most recordings under different guises. Morello is best known as the guitarist in Rage Against the Machine, but after that band disbanded and before it reunited, he was a member of that other alt-rock supergroup Audioslave, featuring his former Rage mates, minus Zach de la Rocha, backing ex-Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell. Morello has also been known to perform and record as a solo act called the Nightwatchman. If that's not enough to keep him busy, he recently teamed with Boots Riley from agit-hip hop combo the Coup under the Street Sweeper banner. The combo is currently opening for Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction on the NINJA tour. Check out the band performing an original and a cover of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes," with special guest Wayne Kramer of MC5 fame on guitar.

As mentioned above, I've already spotlighted the Dead Weather, but that was when the band was first announced. They've since gone on to perform live in public while we anxiously await the release of their debut album, Horehound, due July 14. For the record, White is a member of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs, recorded as a solo artist on the Cold Mountain soundtrack, collaborated with Alicia Keys on the title song for the latest Bond flick, Another Way To Die, and performed on and produced Loretta Lynn's 2004 album Van Lear Rose.

Check out White's latest band performing "Hang You From the Heavens" with the Kills' Alison Mosshard on vocals and White on drums, and "Will There Be Enough Water," which features the Raconteurs Jack Lawrence on drums as White steps out on guitar.

What can we write about Tinted Windows that we haven't written before here and there? Well, perhaps that bassist Adam Schlesinger might also be involved in that competition to release the most recordings under different guises with Morello and White. Aside from his main band, Fountains Of Wayne, and Tinted Windows, Schlesinger is also a member of the ultra-cool Ivy, and songs he's penned have been featured on the soundtracks to a seemingly endless list of films, including Music And Lyrics, Josie & the Pussycats, Shallow Hal, and more. Check out Tinted Windows exclusive Yahoo! performance below and let me know who's your favorite new supergroup.

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