Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers Launch New Project

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has joined the new "supergroup" started by former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar.

Van Halen, Red Hot Chili Peppers Launch New Project
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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has joined the new "supergroup" started by former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar. The band, tentatively called Chickenfoot, also features ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani and will enter the studio to begin recording its debut album this summer. Smith told The Pulse of Radio he got involved in the project by owning a home near Hagar's place in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. "If you're in Cabo, of course you know Sammy 'cause he's, you know, he rules the joint," he said. "And he's a really nice man, he's a great guy actually. Somehow he's taken a liking to me, and we played in Vegas, and we played some cover songs we're a good cover band now. He got pretty excited about it and it actually sounded really good. Him and Joe got together up at his place and they wrote like five things together, and we'll see." Hagar himself spoke about the project in a recent interview, explaining, "We've written eight, nine songs...When people hear the music, it's Led Zeppelin. It's as good as that. I know that's a mighty bold statement...We could rival Zep." Hagar sang with Van Halen from 1986 to 1996, and again on a 2004 reunion tour, but left both times after feuding with guitarist Eddie Van Halen. Hagar said recently about his relationship with the troubled guitar hero, "I love Eddie, but we don't love each other. I heard that he got cleaned up again. Hopefully he stays that way and doesn't die, because before we both die we have to be friends again." Chad Smith has been playing with former Deep Purple bassist/singer Glenn Hughes as well as his own jazz combo since the Chili Peppers came off the road last year after touring in support of 2006's "Stadium Arcadium" CD. Thanks for the info to Blabbermouth.net.

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    fagelamusgtr
    Strange line up. Could be either REALLY good or REALLY bad. If they can mesh together well, it will be insane. I'll be listening for the album to come out...
    bendystraw
    the title was misleading. i though all the chilis and all of current van halen were gonna make music, or tour.
    arcticradiohead
    Anno[fzk] wrote: With the talent they have on hand, they definitely can rival Zeppelin and than some. I don't see the big deal with Led Zep anyways. I know they helped pioneer proto-metal, influenced countless bands, got some rockin tunes, and so on. What baffles me is how they are still the gold standard or that they are "untouchable". They've been surpassed a multitude of times. Not saying that they are bad by any means, just that people need to take them off the ****ing pedestal.
    ya people do put zeppelin on a pedestal but really like if you're looking at rock, if anyone deserves to be on a pedestal it's them. it doesn't mean they're the best ever, but they were the first to make that type of music at that level. it's like how everyone puts nirvana at the top of any grunge band or how rage is always gonna be put ahead of any rap-metal (haha that one's true tho).. but ya idk. i like chad smith and satch a lot but i can't stand anything sammy hagar puts out. he has a fine voice and w.e but everything he does just sounds like a joke.
    the_white_bunny
    sammys pretty bad ass i dont know if he thinks its good it might be pretty effin sweet. i mean he has been around since like 1973 he knows whats up.
    gilmour-page
    interested, but it probably won't last...what supergroup has??? I'm guessing one album, a tour, then they break up
    thisHATEinside
    HOLY FUCK ON A SHIT SANDWICH. This will either be the most EPIC band ever or the biggest joke since "Supernova". As well the claim that they are as good as Zeppelin is THE BOLDEST CLAIM EVER. Which either means Hagar has the biggest balls ever or is the biggest ****ing idiot ever.
    Harry Krishner
    sowhat360 wrote: what is this going to wind up being...cabo wabo tequilla lryics with some rocking guitar.....basically some hard edged jimmy buffet?
    That's too funny!
    ticklemeemo
    If they had Flea instead it might work out better. Satch and Flea seem like they would go together well. Except I don't think Sammy Hagar is crazy enough to work well with them, he's just too... normal..
    deadlyMETAL
    Never thought I'd see RHCP in the same article as Joe Satriani. But that's gotta be great right there. Plus ex-Van Bloody Halen members? Please give it a name other than Chickenfoot and I'm getting the first album!
    travd92
    i hope sammy hagar's led zeppelin comment was a joke...i'm sure they won't surpass led zeppelin.
    scawti
    Sammy Hagar always says BS for a joke. I'm sure that's all that Zep comment was - to be taken as seriously as Spinal Tap
    SG-boy
    pretty cool for those guys to get together, but they won't be close to being as good as led zeppelin. hey, does anyone other than me think that Chad Smith looks exactly like Will Ferrel??
    PCbassist
    Stampede wrote: it's hagar tho he can say whatever the hell he wants to i guess.
    ...I think (hope) you're confusing him with David Lee Roth...
    adamungar1
    magnum1117 wrote: iplay6string wrote: George W Bush wrote: I am your president and I ordered this group to be made. :] your welcome it's "you are" not "your" but listen to this man! SWEEEEET FUCK YES! it's "your" not "you are" "i am you are president" is not correct.
    He means the your from "your welcome" which is supposed to be you're
    turbopantsdx
    Ichimaru wrote: Sweet, Joe Satriani and Chad Smith in one band.. can't wait.
    My sentiments exactly! Hagar I'm not too psyched about, and Michael Anthony doesn't really stand out as a bass player. They should ditch Hagar for Ozzy and Anthony for Flea.. I think my brain would explode.
    nothingman34
    This sounds cool.. But Hagar has quite the nerve to say they could rival zep!! I think that was a dumb*** statement
    E V H 5150
    I don't find Led Zeppelin that great, so I really don't care if they rival Led Zeppelin. I just want to hear what they could come up with. I don't listen to RHCP, so I don't know how good Chad Smith is, but if he's hanging out with Hagar, Mike and Joe, he must be good. I think the real question is: Can they rival Van Halen?
    Batvanvaiych
    davedoom wrote: can't rival Zep. end of. any one heard of "sum of its parts" saying....? foolishness from Hagar once more.
    Although i agree that was a rash statement, Led Zep isnt THAT spectacular, i mean seriously i respect your opinion but im pretty partial so Satch
    tubey69
    the article has just melted my face, THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST BEEPING GROUP EVER!
    scarfacesuit
    So wait, why didn't they make a bigger deal out of Joe Satriani being in the band? I mean, this is UG... he's more famous/legendary on here than Chad Smith, or even Sammy Hagar really...
    Hp312
    meh, it should be kinda cool, not a huge sammy hagar fan, nothing on david lee roth, but there we go Think its really cool to see satch with chad and michael anthony, all in one group I wonder if they can really rival zeppelin I'd be suptised tbh but we'll see
    Unrulyguitarist
    I hope this is the end of RHCP cause honestly, their last album was just over done. Everything sounded the same. I'm sick of hearing that dude "rap". Flea is the only one in the band I really like. Good luck to Hagar and all them.
    Shread_6009
    This sounds really cool, unfortunately it means that RHCP and Satch wont be able to record anything for at least a year, but still, if its as awesome as i think its gonna be, it'll be worth it. and for the record, it will neve come close to Led Zep, but that's not necesarily a bad thing
    Anno[fzk]
    With the talent they have on hand, they definitely can rival Zeppelin and than some. I don't see the big deal with Led Zep anyways. I know they helped pioneer proto-metal, influenced countless bands, got some rockin tunes, and so on. What baffles me is how they are still the gold standard or that they are "untouchable". They've been surpassed a multitude of times. Not saying that they are bad by any means, just that people need to take them off the ****ing pedestal.
    HighPotency
    Chad =D Joe =D Michael =D Sammy =\ And rival Zep? Aside from a bold statement, its damn near impossible, and Sammy won't be the guy to do it.
    boxcarblink94
    George W Bush wrote: I am your president and I ordered this group to be made. :] your welcome
    rofl and the worst part of this band is hagar.. haha... the others, im pretty stoked on. also, PLEASE DONT COMPARE YOURSELF TO ZEPPELIN! god i want to slap him
    Agregg9815528
    turbopantsdx wrote: My sentiments exactly! Hagar I'm not too psyched about, and Michael Anthony doesn't really stand out as a bass player. They should ditch Hagar for Ozzy and Anthony for Flea.. I think my brain would explode. haha ok now that we're going down that road, how bout a group with steve vai, chris cornell, les claypool, and neil pert. and throw in john popper on the electric harmonica
    tomastheboss
    When people hear the music, it's Led Zeppelin. It's as good as that. I know that's a mighty bold statement...We could rival Zep." .....van halen not van hagar!
    Time Seller
    Technically, any 'supergroup' with Satch in the mix has the very large possibility to be odd.
    Agregg9815528
    I swear to god if this article somehow turns out to not be true (like the led zeppelin touring article) i think im gonna smash my guitar