Chad Smith Discusses Working on Sammy Hagar's Forthcoming Album
By: Gary Graff

Chad Smith
is shedding some light on what his Chickenfoot bandmate Sammy Hagar is up to these days.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer was recently in the studio with Hagar, fellow Chickenfoot member and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Journey guitarist Neal Schon, but Smith tells us the sessions were for Hagar's next solo album rather than the formation of yet another supergroup:

"He's doing a record, I think it's called 'Sammy and Friends'...that's the name he told me, of a bunch of, him, people he's played with. He's got the old guys from Montrose...they did a couple tracks. He's got his band. And (Chickenfoot guitarist) Joe Satriani has his record coming out. I think he's on tour with it already, but he (Hagar) wanted to have me and Mike, so he called Neal Schon, who he's played with before, and we did a couple covers and came up with a new song...and it was really fun, man. Just a blast. I love playing with those guys. It's so fun.”

Smith says the quartet recorded versions of the Don Nix song "Going Down" and Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," as well as the original track that came out of a jam.

There's no word on when Hagar plans to release the album, but he and Anthony plan to play some shows this summer.

The Chili Peppers, meanwhile, next perform at Metallica's Orion Music + More Festival on June 8 in Detroit and have three other festival appearances set for the summer.

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