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Chickenfoot Have Second Album, Tour In Works, Satriani Says

ChickenfootOne jam session in Las Vegas brought Chickenfoot together, but chemistry is what’s kept them together — and that’s what is leading to a second album. “Every time we play, we have a really good time, and we all play stuff that we’d never be able to play with our other bands,” guitarist Joe Satriani tells Noisecreep about the supergroup, which also features former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

“It’s an opening up of all the stuff that we’ve been carrying around for so long,” Satriani adds. “We’re starting to write again for the second record, and we hope to convene some time in April to start the process of recording demos. There’s a second record and a tour in the works, but it’s going to have to wait for some solo stuff from me, and Mike and Sam, and Chad with the Chili Peppers.”

The nucleus of the band actually formed in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, home of Hagar’s bar and restaurant, the Cabo Wabo Cantina. Hagar and Anthony played there regularly together, and when Smith bought a place in the area, the duo became a trio. After a while, Hagar decided to stop playing guitar and invited Satriani to Vegas to join them on stage.

“I went there for a Sammy Hagar weekend, and it was topped off by this incredible jam, and when we walked off stage, we knew something incredible had happened,” Satriani says. “It wasn’t a crazy Vegas celebrity jam, it was the awakening of something really special, and it had a band feeling about it. There was a give and take, and we were complementing each other in a way we didn’t think would happen. So we agreed to meet again to see if the fireworks would happen when we didn’t have 5,000 screaming people in front of us. It was even better in Sammy’s studio. We started writing, and recording, and everyone just opened up.

“What an explosion of things that I can play that I never thought I’d be able to play,” Satriani continues. “On a musical level, getting to know Chad, Mike and Sammy musically is really something special. When you get together with people who are really talented, they elevate you. Because of their roots, they bring you into a new territory where they awaken in you some part of you that you had waiting to be used. It really is exciting, and that’s the only reason we stay together.”

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