With Chickenfoot currently on hold while Joe Satriani and Chad Smith go about their day jobs, Sammy Hagar's next musical project is an all-star album of original and cover tunes — featuring Chad Smith and Joe Satriani!
Grammy Award-winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Red Rocker will release Sammy Hagar and Friends on September 24 in North America, September 27 in Europe and September 29 in the UK.
In addition to cameos by Chickenfoot bandmates Satriani, Smith and Michael Anthony, the album will feature Kid Rock, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn), Neal Schon (Journey), and Bill Church and Denny Carmassi (Montrose). Sammy's regular band The Wabos also appear on the ten-track album, which is produced by Hagar and Grammy winning engineer/producer, John Cuniberti (Joe Satriani, Dead Kennedys). Originals include "Knockdown Dragout" with Kid Rock, "Bad On Fords and Chevrolets," with Ronnie Dunn, "All We Need Is An Island," with Nancy Wilson, and "Father Sun," a duet with his son Aaron Hagar. And covers include Bob Seger's "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man," and Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus." Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith join forces on "Going Down" - almost a reunion of the short-lived Planet Us supergroup which included Hagar, Schon, Anthony, Satriani and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Cacophony).
Sammy's Four Decades of Rock summer tour which kicks off July 26 in Tucson and wraps September 7 in his hometown of San Francisco. It's a 14-city celebration of Hagar's hits as a solo artist as well as a frontman for Van Halen, Montrose and Chickenfoot. The tour will also see influential bandmates from his career including Michael Anthony, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and more joining Sammy and the Wabos on select dates.
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