CHICKENFOOT‘s second album, titled “Chickenfoot IV”, will be released on September 27. The CD’s first single, “Bigfoot”, is scheduled to hit the airwaves sometime in July.
Bassist Michael Anthony, who turned 57 this month, described the new CHICKENFOOT album as “a lot heavier than the first record.”
CHICKENFOOT is the rock supergroup featuring former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith.
The new CHICKENFOOT CD’s initial recording sessions were overseen by Mike Fraser, a Canadian producer, engineer and mixer who has previously worked with AC/DC, METALLICA and AEROSMITH. other songtitles set to appear on the album include “Last Temptation”, “Something’s Gone Wrong”, “Dubai Blues”, “Different Devil”, “No Change”, “Who’s Next” and “Astral Years”.
Hagar in March explained how CHICKENFOOT‘s second album came to be titled Chickenfoot IV” (Four). He said, “We were all like, ‘What are we going to call the second record? Well, ‘Chickenfoot II’ (Two). And we’re going, ‘We can’t call it ‘Chickenfoot II’, that’s too obvious.’ And pretty soon [drummer] 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.”
Chad Smith recently confirmed that he won’t tour with CHICKENFOOT this year in support of the band’s second album due to scheduling conflicts with his main group, the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS.
CHICKENFOOT‘s self-titled debut disc came out in June 2009 and was certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies.