DETROIT (Billboard) - Its all-star members may be working on other projects -- the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album for Chad Smith, solo sets for Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani -- but Chickenfoot has already started work on its sophomore album.
“This time around it doesn’t seem too scary to try to pull it off,” guitarist Satriani says. “We know we’ve done it once. The whole scheduling thing doesn’t scare us like it did last time. We’re more relaxed about the fact everyone has got crazy schedules and know that when we do get together, it’s really fun.”
The quartet, which also includes former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, had a “very productive” session in April, before the launch party for the group’s concert DVD, “Get Your Buzz On Live,” at Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Chickenfoot will spend most of September working on the album, then reconvene in late January and early February for “wrap-up sessions,” with a spring 2011 release planned, again via Best Buy.
Satriani says he expects to have “probably 20 (more) songs to lay on everybody when we get together again.” A producer hasn’t yet been chosen for the album, but Andy Johns and Mike Fraser, who both worked on 2008’s “Chickenfoot” debut, are leading candidates.