Recent comments from Red Rocker Sammy Hagar cast doubt on the future of the young “super group” Chickenfoot. Once hailed by Hagar as a group “that could rival Zep,” — a comment he later back away from — it appears that the group’s members may be too busy with other endeavors and may not have enough time left to do much with Chickenfoot for a while.
Tomorrow night Chickenfoot is set to appear at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Hagar told the Press-Enterprise that the show will be one of only two that the group will put on for the rest of the year. In fact, he went on to say, “This is so special. Anyone that didn’t get to see Chickenfoot or anyone that saw Chickenfoot and loved it–this is it. I don’t know when we’re ever going to get to play again.”
Between drummer Chad Smith’s commitment to working on a new album with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Joe Satriani planning to perform in Europe and Hagar’s musical and non-musical activities, it seems to be getting more difficult for the group to work out time that will allow them to perform live or record.
At the beginning of the month, Hagar told Billboard that, “Chad’s never going to be able to get a break. If he does, he’ll get a couple weeks here, a couple days there, which is not really enough to devote to Chickenfoot. And when they’re done with (the album) they’re gonna go on the road for a year and a half. So we either have to get a new drummer or wait for Chad … which is unfair to Chickenfoot. It’s too good a band.”
Hagar sounds like he’s in favor of holding the group together and perhaps his “I don’t know when we’re ever going to get to play again” statement could mean that he thinks they may end up having to replace Smith as opposed to a hint that Chickenfoot will come to an end.
Whatever happens with Chickenfoot, it sounds as if it will take a while to play itself out.