‘Chickenfoot will want to do a world tour’: Sammy Hagar says Chad Smith’s return will energize the band

Chickenfoot should be ready to reconvene in the fall to record new music, which Sammy Hagar says will be followed by a new tour. This time, however, they won’t be issuing a full-length record. They won’t perform again without drummer Chad Smith, either.

“In the fall, our dream would be to get back in the studio,” Hagar tells Eddie Trunk, “and record some new material. I don’t know about a whole new album, only because albums — I still love them, but in the world today, it’s a waste of time and energy. Instead, we’ll do three or four new songs, do something special, and go out next year.”

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In the meantime, guitarist Joe Satriani has just released a solo album, while the always-busy Hagar has been involved with his burgeoning second career as a restaurateur. He’s also been working on some reissues, and touring as a solo act — with bassist, and fellow Van Halen alum, Michael Anthony in tow.

As Smith continued a lengthy tour with the Red Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot’s most recent dates saw ace sessions player Kenny Aronoff filling in.

“I guarantee you, next summer, Chickenfoot will want to do a world tour — with Chad,” Hagar says. “Nothing against Kenny; Kenny was great. But Chad is the fricking drummer in Chickenfoot. It would be like if they replaced me and got Sebastian Bach, or something. OK, it’s cool. But isn’t Sammy the singer in Chickenfoot? Chad coming back is going to re-energize us, and make us really want to go out and do it again.”

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