For months now, news and rumors have been leaking out about a new band being formed featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith. The rumors of the supergroup are indeed true, although the rumors about the band’s name being either “Chickenfoot”, or “HSAS”, are false. The real name of the band is being kept a secret, for now.
Earlier this year, they recorded demos for eight songs, and this week they are entering the studio for further recording. Their album should be released early next year.
Note that this new band and CD is a totally separate project from Sammy Hagar’s “Cosmic Universal Fashion” CD, due out in November. The “Cosmic” CD was recorded with his band, the Wabos (and also features Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns ‘n’ Roses), Billy Duffy (The Cult) on one song). It is not known whether or not Sammy will tour behind this CD, but we are hearing rumors that Sammy’s new supergroup might tour next year!
So, Sammy will be releasing not just one, but two new CDs within the next few months!
Here is an article posted today from The MusicRadar interview:
Joe Satriani: “New band sounds like early Zeppelin”
Joe Satriani is jazzed about Chickenfoot, his new supergroup consisting of Sammy Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and himself.
“We are truly over-the-top excited about this,” the guitarist extraordinaire says. “It’s a very energetic kind of rock music that reminds you of early Zeppelin.”
But he’s adamant about one thing: that silly name. In his view, nobody should get too used to calling the band Chickenfoot. “We just had to call it something for the time being,” he says. “It’s definitely not going to be Chickenfoot. I guarantee it.”
Having just wrapped the first leg of a world tour (which saw one-time Satriani bassist Stu Hamm filling in for Brad Russell, who had to bail due to scheduling conflicts) Satch and ‘Chickenfoot’ are hitting the studio this week to begin recording an album that will be out early next year.
Already there’s been considerable buzz about the project, much of it brought on by some controversial comments from Sammy Hagar, in which he asserted, among other things, that the band “could rival Led Zeppelin.”
Despite admitting to a certain Zeppelin rush to the music, Satriani categorically denies that Hagar made such statements. “I can’t imagine Sam saying anything like that,” he says. “I think it was just twisted.”
Recently, Joe Satriani sat down for his second interview with MusicRadar this year. In addition to the new band, he was eager to discuss his new ‘Black Dog’ guitar, Ibanez’s faithful recreation of the axe he played in the late ’80s and early ’90s. “There’s so much going on with me right now,” he says. “So much to do, so much to talk about. I’m just trying to keep it all together right now.”
You can listen to Joe talk about his new band with Sammy here.