Both Joe Satriani and Sammy Hagar have new solo albums out. Michael Anthony has been appearing on tour with Hagar, while Chad Smith is doing dates with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
So, unsurprisingly, scheduling issues are the main thing holding Chickenfoot back right now.
Satriani, who just released Unstoppable Momentum, says he, Hagar and Smith recently met for a dinner when the realization hit them that it might be a very lengthy amount of time before their group will have a chance to follow up Chickenfoot III — unless everyone focuses on making it happen.
That 2011 release was the second from Chickenfoot, which features some of the busiest guys in music.
Smith has since been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the Peppers, Meanwhile, Hagar’s new guest-stuffed release, called Sammy Hagar and Friends, features each of his bandmates in Chickenfoot, as well as Neal Schon, Mickey Hart, Nancy Wilson from Heart and others.
That may be the closest Chickenfoot gets to performing together for a while.
“I believe there are at least one or two more albums in us as a unit, but finding the time and the city where we can all get together for five days, that’s going to be the trick,” Satriani tells Guitar International. “We’re working on it right now. Sam’s focused on his new album, I’m right in the middle of my touring cycle, and I think Chad still has a bunch of big shows with the Chili Peppers that he’s got to get to every few months.”