Joe Satriani Plans to Form New Band in Chickenfoot’s Absence
Joe Satriani just took part in a partial Chickenfoot reunion as part of Sammy Hagar's Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert, but he doesn't see it leading to bigger things for the supergroup. During a revealing new talk with Ultimate Classic Rock, Satriani intimates that he just might be looking for collaborators with less on their plates these days.
Satriani notes that Chickenfoot drummer Chad Smith also showed up at the benefit concert. "So there was the three of us – the three 'Footers where there, the gentlemen of the 'Foot hanging out," he tells Ultimate Classic Rock's Matt Wardlaw. "But I get the distinct feeling [a new album is] just not going to happen. For reasons that are too boring to go into, I've kind of given up trying to be the instigator, of trying to get another record done."
Chickenfoot last put out an album of original material in 2011. In the meantime, Satriani has openly called for a long-hoped-for reunion, but to no avail. The guitarist is now set to release his second solo album since Chickenfoot III arrived, and songs he said were originally earmarked for the next Chickenfoot project have become part of a new animated series. He'd composed those tracks in a flurry, after a period in which Satriani was down with the H1N1 virus.
"I recorded all of the demos for a new record, and I really just couldn't get people motivated to get going with it," Satriani says. "So, that music has moved on. At the end of the benefit, although it was one of those fun things with being up there with Sammy and Chad again, I just got the feeling that they're not thinking it's in the cards. So, I'm actually looking forward to maybe finding another band to collaborate with. I started thinking, 'You know, that's what I should really do. I should move on.'"
Satriani is quick to note, however, that he hasn't closed the door on Chickenfoot. "If the guys want to do something, I'm always ready for it," he says. "I love Chickenfoot, and I think it's one of the coolest things that's ever happened – to all of us. I'm a bit heartbroken that we weren't able to work on a couple more albums, and tour. That would have been really great. But you've got to move on. That's reality. Those guys have other things to do that are important to them. So, I respect it."
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