‘We’ll start talking on the phone, exchanging ideas’: Michael Anthony says Chickenfoot to gather again soon

Bassist Michael Anthony says Chickenfoot is ready for a return to the studio for what will be its third release. (Never mind, of course, that the second one was titled III.) First, they’ve got to clear some busy schedules.

Anthony joined with fellow Van Halen alum Sammy Hagar in 2009 to form Chickenfoot, along with guitarist Joe Satriani and drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But assembling an all-star cast has always meant dealing with their other commitments.

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While Smith was working with the Chili Peppers last year, for instance, Chickenfoot toured with do-anything drummer Kenny Aronoff.

Similar outside assignments are all that’s standing in the way now, as well, according to Anthony.

“Right now, Joe is finishing up a solo album, and he’ll be out touring,” Anthony told Frankie DiVita of 96.7 KCAL Rocks in the attached video. “We want to wait for Chad to finish with the Chili Peppers, and that will be in April some time. Then, obviously he will want to take some time off, so sometime in the fall Chickenfoot will get back together. We’ll start talking on the phone, exchanging ideas. Whether new music comes out first or if we’ll go out and play some shows first, we don’t know quite yet.”

Anthony was part of Van Halen from 1974-2003, a period that overlapped with Chickenfoot frontman Hagar’s tenure from 1985-96 and then again in 2003. Anthony saw his role in the band drastically decrease into the 1990s, however: The bassist and distinctive background vocalist appeared on just three cuts for Van Halen’s 1996 studio project III, the last album he appeared on. By 2005, Hagar had departed again, as well.


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