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New RHCP out in August

Chad Smith has confirmed that a new Red Hot Chili Peppers album will be out in August.  According to Rock it Out Blog, Smith says, “It’s been going good. We got lots of songs, we’re just choosing the ones that are gonna be on the album. It sounds great.”

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Pearl and Chad Smith Design Chickenfoot Tour Kit

For the upcoming tour with his new supergroup, Chickenfoot, Chad Smith is pulling out all the stops. He’s been known to go over the top in kit design before, a couple times. This time around is no exception. Smith’s teamed up with Orange County Chopper motorcycle artist Nub. No… that’s really his name. The kit looks pretty flippin’ sweet. Not a bad design. Check it our here.


Drummer Talk 10/31/2008 – Unlocking Foot Ostinatos

Drummer Talk 10/31/2008 – Unlocking Foot Ostinatos

We’re back live with a super-sized show dedicated to foot ostinatos.  The flam-flam is the hybrid rudiment of the week, Chad Smith is the drummer of the week, and we review the Taye Gokit! Don’t forget that you can tune in live, Fridays at 230p Central!

Mike Dolbear Interviews Chad Smith

Our friends across the pond at Mike Dolbear have just posted a cool interview with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer, Chad Smith.  The interview covers his roots, his origins in the RHCP, and moving to California.

What we’re trying to do, is move the whole thing away from ‘what drum sticks do you use?’ type of question. So… what drum sticks do you use?

It’s not working Bob!

Ok, I’ll try again. What got you into drumming?

I started being interested in drums when I was 7, so it would have been the late 60s. I had an older brother who played guitar, he was two years older than me, and seeing as you look up to your older siblings, I wanted to play too. I didn’t have that moment lots of Americans had of ‘ooh, I want to be them’, or ‘ooh I saw Ringo’. So I don’t know why it was the drums themselves, I liked hitting things, normal kids stuff I guess and I just wanted to be able to play along with my brother. So that’s when I started.

Click here for the full interview.

3 Heavy Weights Weigh in on GH4 with Drums!

Videos are now beginning to circulate from Guitar Hero’s website which feature Chad Smith, Stewart Copeland, and Travis Barker all weighing in on Guitar Hero’s new drums feature.


Chad Smith is stoked about the idea and loves the thing: “It’s a real as you can get. For a Video game, it’s impressive. If it holds up to me beating on it, it should be pretty good.”

It looks as if Travis Barker does some motion capture for the game. “One of the things I has actually said when I was asked to be involved with this was, ‘will it be an exact interpretation of what that drummer is playing? Can I close my eyes and play a song I wrote the drum part for and socre a perfect score if I’m playing it right?’ And it was, ‘yes.'”

Man .. at first I wasn’t at all into this idea, but now I can see myself getting excited for it. I am cautiously optimistic.

Thanks to Big Drum Thump.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are No More

Source: Rhythm Magazine

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for more non-Chilis drumming action from Chad Smith, following the announcement from Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ frontman Anthony Keidis that the band has temporarily disbanded.

Talking to Rolling Stone magazine, Keidis has said that: “We’re disbanded for the moment. We actually took a very long time to make the Stadium Arcadium record, because we wrote a lot of songs and then got way too married to them and decided we need it to be a double album. Which was a great experience, but it took forever.  We were all emotionally and mentally zapped at the end of that run. Cooler heads prevailed and the discussion at the end of our last tour was, ‘Let’s not do anything Red Hot Chili Peppers-related for a minimum of one year, and just live and breathe and eat and learn new things.’”

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The Itch & Musical Claustrophobia

The drummer’s number one enemy when grooving isn’t an inability to keep time (though that’s a big one too)… it’s the itch. It’s the feeling you get to break out (musically) when you are locked in the pocket. It’s like the musical equivalent of claustrophobia. Staying in a groove can make your musical universe seem very small. So you leave the pocket to come up for air… deep breath… and then you’re back in again. You did it even if the music would have been better served if you had just stayed in the pocket. Just like with an itch, scratching isn’t good for you but it satiates the itch for that instant that you give in… then it’s back again. Read more

Drummer Live Lineup Begins to Shape Up


Drummer Live, Europe’s premier percussion festival (think PASIC Europe), has announced their initial line up for 2008. Confirmed so far are Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, FOREIGNER, UFO), Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), Ray Luzier (KORN, ARMY OF ANYONE, DAVID LEE ROTH), Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR, SOULFLY) and Pete Ray Biggin (MARK RONSON).

Drummer Live will take place in London June 14-15. Read the full story …

Chad Smith to Release New DVD

Source: Music Dispatch

Chad Smith – Eastern Rim is a jam-packed 2-DVD set that includes performance footage, insightful drum clinic material, touring diaries, and interviews with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer himself. Features include:

Drum Clinics: Chad demonstrates his power and skill in clinics filmed in Australia and Japan. These clinics offer multi-camera angles (including overhead and foot-cam!) and show Chad playing with original recordings from Stadium Arcadium as well as classic rock songs like “Rock ‘n’ Roll”and “Moby Dick,”made famous by Led Zeppelin. Read more