Interview With CHICKENFOOT Bassist Michael Anthony Page 2
by Tim Henderson
Let's get back on track here. I had the rare opportunity to speak with the quiet - yet bombastic on-stage - legend Michael Anthony about a number of topics, mainly the gargantuan new undertaking called CHICKENFOOT, which also features Hagar, guitar whiz JOE SATRIANI and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith.
We begin with a head-scratcher: when was Anthony on a studio recording last? He's been hanging with Hagar's WABORITAS and THE OTHER HALF. You'll recall the brief PLANET US venture that featured Anthony, Hagar, Satriani and JOURNEY men Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo.
"It's pretty amazing isn't?" begins Anthony, on the phone from California. "It's been a while man since I've done a whole new album... it's gotta be Balance. I've done little things here and there, a few things with Sam. And I've guested on a few other people's things but anonymously. But yeah, it feels great and we're doing it the old school way. We all get in the same room and jam together. It's a beautiful thing."
Has Chickenfoot breathed a little bit of life into you as a recording artist and live musician?
"And as a human being! It takes you back and you remember why you got into this business and what you were doing it for in the first place. And that was to make music and have fun and do it for the fans. Obviously with all of our careers and everything we've been through, we've afforded ourselves the luxury of just being able to do that. To have a good time with it and not have to write hit singles, make money and this and that. We just want to do it for our fans and for ourselves."
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