"As for the III title for a second album, Hagar says the group was adamantly opposed to calling the 10-song set Chickenfoot II, and Smith came up with Chickenfoot IV as 'a joke,' but once the album was finished [they] realized 'this album is not a joke,' according to Hagar. 'Chickenfoot IV is a joke. Chickenfoot III is kind of a joke, but mostly it's just fun.' "

Tasteful applause goes to Hagar for his finely tuned sense of humorous restraint. Too bad the Traveling Wilburys beat him to that one by a couple of decades.

DAVID THORPE | dthorpe@phx.com

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