Sammy Hagar and his hard-rocking super group Chickenfoot headed back into the studio earlier this month to continue work on their sophomore album, 'Chickenfoot IV,' which is slated to drop later this year.

The group consists of Hagar, his former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Although Smith will appear on the album, he recently confirmed that he won't tour with Chickenfoot this year in support of the band's second album due to scheduling conflicts with the Peppers.

Satriani told Blabbermouth.net the new CD “is heavier and better than the first one. I can't wait to get it out there!”

The new album is set to be mixed in June. The disc’s early recording sessions were administered by Canadian producer, engineer and mixer Mike Fraser of AC/DC, Metallica and Aerosmith fame.

Considering that these four musicians are united by their years of playing in the arena rock troughs, expect immaculate, closely controlled playing and a crowd-pleasing set of vocals from the album. Song titles include 'No Change,' 'Who's Next,' 'Astral Years' and 'I Ain't Got You, I Got The Two By Blues.'

Hagar on the release: “We were all like, 'What are we going to call the second record? Well, 'Chickenfoot II.' And we're going, 'We can't call it 'Chickenfoot II,' that's too obvious.' And pretty soon [drummer] Chad Smith, I'm sure was the guy, he's going, 'Let's call it 'Chickenfoot IV.'' And we all cracked up and said, 'Right on, that's it.' And we haven't talked about it since."

UltimateClassicRock.com recently counted down the Top 10 Van Hagar Songs in a feature that should charm Van Halen and Chickenfoot fans alike.

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