The Toronto Sun and Noisecreep.com have updates on the Chickenfoot record.
Sammy Hagar on Chickenfoot IV
Sammy Hagar has revealed the silly title of the second Chickenfoot album which he is currently recording with Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, solo guitarist Joe Satriani, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith.
“I’m going to get in trouble with my brothers in the Foot for saying this but I’m giving this out,” said Hager during his so-called “celebrity chat” at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re calling our second record, we’re calling it Chickenfoot IV (Four).
That’s how silly we are. It’s the working title but I guarantee it’ll stick.
We were all like, ‘What are we going to call second record? Well, Chickenfoot II (Two).’ And we’re going, ‘We can’t call it Chickenfoot II, that’s too obvious.” And pretty soon Chad Smith, I’m sure was the guy, he’s going, ‘Let’s call it Chickenfoot IV.” And we all cracked up and said, ‘Right on, that’s it.’ And we haven’t talked about it since.”
Hagar also said they’ve got a 3D video recorded from the studio sessions and and a 3D album cover and are hoping to have it out before the end of the year, but the group is is currently without a record deal after a one-of deal with Best Buy for their 2009 self-titled album.
Earlier, when asked by interviewer Tommy Nast, who is the best lead guitarist he ever played with was, Hagar didn’t hestiate.
“Joe Satriani – the guy is a genuis,” said Hagar. “Eddie (Van Halen)’s fantastic. It’s not like Eddie’s not good. Eddie’s unbelievable and a great innovator and all that but Joe he plays perfect everytime.”
Still, Hagar didn’t have a first good impression of Satriani when he asked him to play Montrose’s Rock Candy with him at legendary promoter Bill Graham’s funeral in 1991 “He said, ‘I don’t play other people’s songs.’ I thought, ‘What an uppity pr–k.’ But we became friends after awhile.”
Chickenfoot Wrapping Up 12 ‘Wonderful New Songs,’ Due in Fall
Sammy Hagar has confirmed that the new Chickenfoot album is just about done and should be out in the fall.
The band is comprised of Hagar on lead vocals, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith on drums, guitarist Joe Satriani, and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. The band has been recording with Mike Fraser, a Canadian producer, engineer, and mixer whose C.V. includes AC/DC, Metallica, Aerosmith, and Satriani.
“We’re doing a new album right now and it’s fantastic,” Hagar told Noisecreep. “Chickenfoot’s just such a great band. Chickenfoot is so much like when I joined Van Halen originally, the ’5150′ years (1986). We do everything so fast.”
Just prior to leaving on his book tour to promote his new autobiography, ‘Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock,’ Hagar said that Fraser had been at his home studio in California all week to record his background vocals.
“I have a studio. When the Foot’s in there, I call it The Foot Locker; when my band’s in there, I call it Red Rocker Recording. It’s going great. We have 12 wonderful new songs and I’m doing vocals and Joe’s doing overdubs. We’ve got all the basic tracks.”
Among the song titles are ‘No Change,’ ‘Who’s Next’ and ‘Astral Years,’ Hagar revealed. There’s also a track called ‘I Ain’t Got You, I Got The Two By Blues.’ “It’s not a comical record, but we’re having so much fun, it will make you laugh,” said Hagar. “That’s how much fun we have when we play.”
“Chickenfoot is the most musical band. If Joe says, ‘I got this idea,’ and he starts playing guitar, Chad starts playing drums, Mike starts on bass, and I start singing. Within two hours, we have a song. It’s not like we slave; it’s not like we argue. It’s so simple. There is no torture involved.”
He says everyone is getting busy now, including Smith who is going out on tour with the Chili Peppers. “We’re going to try and get it out before the fall. We’re not looking to do a tour this summer or anything like that. We’re going to wait until the album comes out and see if Chad’s gonna be available.”
Chickenfoot’s self-titled debut album, co-produced with Andy Johns (Joe Satriani, L.A. Guns, Van Halen), came out in 2009 and went gold in the U.S. and Canada.