CHICKENFOOT, the supergroup featuring guitar hero Joe Satriani, drummer Chad Smith, former VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar — will release its sophomore album, “Chickenfoot III”, on September 26 via earMUSIC/Edel and from eOne Music in North America in a special 3D designed package. The CD’s lead single, “Bigfoot”, is set for release on August 2.
Produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, METALLICA), “Chickenfoot III” features 10 tracks with so many moments of epiphany that one can barely take them all in on first listen.
Speaking to VH1 Radio Networks‘ Dave Basner, Michael compared the new CHICKENFOOT album to the band’s 2009 self-titled debut. “I would describe it as having more meat to it,” he said. “It’s a lot more in depth. I think as a band we’ve evolved quite a bit, as far as vocally and musically, we’ve gotten a little bit deeper and a little darker on things, but there’s still the upside and the fun rock side to it because it’s not all seriousness. You know, we’re in this business to have fun and entertain.”
Smith will have two new records out within a month of each other, since the new RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS album, “I’m With You”, arrives on August 30. Smith will not tour with CHICKENFOOT this time due to his commitments with his main band.
“You know, Chad won’t be able to tour with us because he’s going to be on tour himself with his other band and we’re not looking for anybody to replace Chad but we will find someone to fill in,” Anthony told VH1 Radio Networks. “The album is coming out September 27th and we’re planning on maybe doing some, we call them the road-test shows. We’ll do maybe some theaters and stuff like that in certain areas on the West Coast, Midwest and maybe the East Coast for press and stuff like that and then probably a full-blown tour happening early next year.”
Michael went on to explain if Chad will be a part of the group’s bigger tour next year.
“It looks like he’s going to be tied up for a while but the door is always open,” he said. ” You know, if Chad‘s got a day off and his wife’s not begging him to come home, we’ll grab him and we’ll pull him out and say, ‘Hey, come on, play a few shows.’ So, I have a feeling that he will do some stuff with us but I want people to know that he’s not being replaced in a band and we’ve just got someone filling in for him because, you know, nobody can replace someone like that guy.”
“Chickenfoot III” track listing:
01. Last Temptation
02. Alright, Alright
03. Different Devil
04. Up Next
05. Lighten Up
06. Come Closer
07. Three and a Half Letters
09. Dubai Blues
10. Something Going Wrong