Joe Satriani thinks there will be no more Chickenfoot
Guitarist Joe Satriani was recently interviewed by Andrew Catania for All That Shreds in order for the former to promote his latest solo album Shapeshifting.
Although Satriani is best known as a solo artist, he was also part of the “supergroup” Chickenfoot whose line-up also included Sammy Hagar (ex-Montrose, ex-Van Halen) on lead vocals, Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen) on bass and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers) on drums. Chickenfoot formed back in 2008 and released two studio albums Chickenfoot (2009) and Chickenfoot III (2011). The debut album reached gold status in the USA and Canada. In March 2017, Chickenfoot released a compilation / live album titled Best + Live, which had one new song (“Divine Termination”). According to Wikipedia, it appears that the band has been unable to continue for a variety of reasons including disappointment in terms of the group’s album sales, the busy schedules of the four members and philosophical differences between Satriani and other band members.
Satriani was asked whether people will ever get to see Chickenfoot again. The guitarist replied (with slight edits): “I stopped asking everyone. I felt Chickenfoot had a couple of albums [and] world tours left. I loved my time in the band, but I think there will be no more Chickenfoot.”
Sleaze Roxx caught Chickenfoot live during the band’s initial six-city promo tour back in 2009 and stated in its retro concert review: “If I remember correctly, Chickenfoot announced that they were going to be doing a promo tour of six clubs in advance of the release of their debut self-titled album. Now you have to put things in perspective. These are four guys that most likely could have easily sold 2,000 tickets for a gig just on their names alone (former Van Halen and current solo singer Sammy Hagar, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and guitar maestro Joe Satriani) and who had sold over a combined 200 million albums. Clearly, doing a tour of six clubs across North America was not going to fill their pockets by any means and frankly, they all probably didn’t need the money. That means that these four musicians were actually likely just playing these shows for the fun of it! No real agenda — just playing to have some fun. What a novel idea!”
You can read the rest of the interview with Joe Satriani at All That Shreds‘ website.
Chickenfoot‘s “Big Foot” video (from Chickenfoot III album):
Chickenfoot III is out now! Buy “Big Foot” here: http://itunes.apple.com/it/album/big-foot/id456875701?i=456875852