Jimmie's Chicken Shack Feels "Bandemonium," Talks Jackyl

Jimmie's Chicken Shack will kick off a tour with 311 on Monday in North Carolina, and this weekend the merry "Do Right" funksters will be in Hollywood to preside over a regional contest in the fifth annual Bandemonium battle of the bands.

The Shack, which has just issued a new single, "Trash," will headline a concert on February 21 at The Roxy, and the two opening acts will actually be competing for a spot in the Bandemonium finals, which will be held in Panama City, Florida during Spring Break.

The two area bands vying for the regional prize (and the $500 prize money) are Jamestowne from Sherman Oaks, California, and Haggis from Phoenix, with the winner to be announced immediately following Jimmie's Chicken Shack's set.

Since releasing its 1997 major-label debut, "Pushing the Salmanilla Envelope," Jimmie's Chicken Shack has toured incessantly, opening for the likes of Everclear, Creed, Jewel, and Luscious Jackson, among others.

MTV News caught up with Jimmie's

Chicken Shack shortly after the release of its newest effort, "Bring Your Own Stereo," and the band talked about one of its favorite opening gigs.

"We went on a Jackyl tour," explained frontman Jimi Haha, "and it was the first tour we did. I mean, wow. They have such a great hard rock show. I mean, it's just huge, and they had everything going. The only thing they didn't have was pyrotechnics."

"And the chainsaw makes up for the pyrotechnics," interjected guitarist Double D.

"We were walking out to the stage, [stunned]," added Haha, "and people were yelling at me, heckling, laughing at us."

"[Yelling] 'Nice hair!'" Double D said.

"Yeah, 'Carrot Top!' and

all this stuff," Haha continued, "and so we go out and we play the hardest thing we could play, and we bust it out, and everybody's like, 'Hunh?' And I'd be like, 'Are you ready to rock?' And they'd go, 'Yeah!' And I'd go, 'Well, you'll have to wait a few more minutes, our set is almost over.'" [RealVideo]

Dates you can catch Jimmie's Chicken Shack opening for 311:

  • 2/21 - Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
  • 2/23 - Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
  • 2/25 - Jacksonville, FL @ Club Five
  • 2/27 - Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
  • 2/28 - Winston-Salem, NC @ LJVM Coliseum (w/ Incubus)
  • 3/1 - Scranton, PA @ Cultural Center
  • 3/2 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Mid-Hudson Civic Center
  • 3/3 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom
  • 3/4 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
  • 3/5 - Syracuse, NY @ Syracuse University Goldstein Auditorium
  • 3/7 - Henrietta-Rochester, NY @ Dome Arena
  • 3/8 - Dayton, OH @ Hara Arena
  • 3/9 - Auburn,

    AL @ Auburn University Beard-Eaves Coliseum

  • 3/10 - Pensacola, FL @ Bayfront Arena
  • 3/11 - New Orleans, LA @ State Palace Theatre
  • 3/13 - Columbia, MO @ Hearnes Center
  • 3/14 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Expo Center
  • 3/15 - St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
  • 3/17 - Madison, WI @ Exhibition Hall
  • 3/18 - Milwaukee, WI @ Modjeska Theatre
  • 3/21 - Champaign, IL @ University of Illinois Assembly Hall
  • 3/22 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Stadium
  • 3/23 - Davenport, IA @ Col Ballroom
  • 3/24 - Springfield, MO @ Shrine Mosque
  • 3/27 - Wichita, KS @ Kansas Coliseum
  • 3/28 - Lincoln, NE @ Pershing Auditorium
  • 3/29 - Vail, CO @ Dobson Arena