Joe Satriani says Chickenfoot may not be finished after all. The guitarist reports that the group recently started recording a new track, its first since the release of Chickenfoot III in 2011.
Chickenfoot—Satch’s band with singer/guitarist Sammy Hagar, bassist Michael Anthony and drummer Chad Smith—have been quiet since releasing their live album, LV, in December 2012. The group had previously issued a pair of studio albums, but Hagar said at the time that weak album sales would probably preclude their recording another album.
But apparently, Satch has been unhappy about the group’s inactivity. In a new interview with GuitCast.com, the guitarist says he’s been pushing for Chickenfoot to record again and has sent Hagar some new material.
“I think all my complaining and foot stomping really had an effect, because it was really bothering me and I still, philosophically, just felt like there was a really big disconnect there,” Satriani says. “I got asked [about the group] by every single journalist 10 times a day, and when I started speaking my mind, I think I realized I rattled some feathers there in the ’Foot camp.
“I followed it up with just writing some new music, and I sent Sam some stuff, and I was surprised to see him respond so quickly with some creative ideas. And I can happily tell you now that there is a track that is circulating through the band. It’s got new drums from Chad on it, it’s got new vocals from Sam, and I think Mike is coming at the end of this week to add bass and vocals.
“So there might be something coming. So, yeah, I think there’s hope.”
Satch has been enjoying the success of his latest album, Shockwave Supernova, which was released on July 24. The album debuted at 19 on Billboard’s Top 200 Current Albums Chart, the highest debut by any of Satriani’s 15 albums in his 30-year career. Here’s the video for the title track.