Chadwick Gaylord "Chad" Smith (born October 25, 1961) is an American musician, best known as the longtime and current drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers, whom he joined in 1988. Smith is also the drummer of the hard rock band Chickenfoot and the all-instrumental outfit Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats. As one of the most highly sought-after drummers, Smith has recorded with Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes, Kid Rock, Jake Bugg, The Dixie Chicks, Jennifer Nettles, Johnny Cash, and The Avett Brothers, to name a few.
In 2010, Smith released Rhythm Train, a critically acclaimed children's album which he recorded with Dick Van Dyke and Leslie Bixler. In April 2010, MTV named Rhythm Train one of the best children's records of all time.
1 Music career,
2 2013 Death threats,
3 Personal life,
5.1 Red Hot Chili Peppers,
5.2 Glenn Hughes,
5.4 Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats,
5.5 Other appearances,
7 External links,
Smith was born on October 25, 1961, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but spent most of his childhood in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Anthony Kiedis admired Smith and found his persistence pretty impressive. Smith joined the Chili Peppers in December 1988 and within a few months was recording his first album with the band, Mother's Milk. Smith reflected on joining the band in a 2012 interview by saying "I remember thinking, 'Oh, cool, they have a record deal. Great! I'd love to be in a band that has a record deal. We started playing, and right away we just hit it off musically. I was like, 'Man, this is a blast! These guys are great!' ... We were just doing what we do. We just jammed, which is what we still do today. It's very similar."
In 2007, Smith, along with fellow Glenn Hughes alumni, guitarist Jeff Kollman and keyboardist Ed Roth, formed an all-instrumental band inspired by their shared love of 1970s funk and fusion. Still unnamed at the time, the group, rounded out by bassist Kevin Chown, debuted at the 2008 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. The band has released two studio albums and a double live disc as Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats since its inception.
In 2008, while still on break from the Chili Peppers, Smith joined the hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot, whose other members are Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and Michael Anthony. The group has released two studio albums and a live album to date.
In 2008, Smith was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.
In 2011, due to touring commitments with the Chili Peppers, Smith was unable to tour with Chickenfoot and was temporarily replaced by Kenny Aronoff although Smith still remains a member of the band and plans to record more music with them during the next break away from the Chili Peppers.
In August 2011, the Chili Peppers released I'm with You, their tenth studio album, the seventh with Smith. The band expected to be on the road until at least 2013 supporting the album although Smith said a new album isn't expected until at least late 2013. In April 2012, the band was inducted by Chris Rock into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
On May 16, 2012, Smith rejoined Chickenfoot for a four-song encore at the Orpheum in Boston, Massachusetts.
In March 2012, Smith released The Chad Smith Drum App, which is free mobile application for iPhone, iPad and Android devices and features his "Drummer GPS". The GPS section of the app spotlights drummers Smith has been influenced by and those he regards as some of the best drummers around today. The Chad Smith Drum App has received great praise from both fans and from fellow drummers.
Smith and the Chili Peppers will wrap up their I'm With You World Tour in April 2013. The band will take a break before writing music for their eleventh studio album, which Smith said will be around September 2013.
In April 2013, Smith was asked by NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, to represent the music community by going to Washington, D.C. as a lobbyist in support of music education in US public schools. While in DC, Smith had the opportunity to meet with congressional leaders and share his experience as a student who learned his craft entirely within the public school system. Smith has since been invited back to lobby in April 2014 in support of public school music education.
In May 2013, Smith launched In Conversation with Chad Smith, his own podcast through MusicRadar where he interviews other musical artists.
Smith joined Sammy Hagar in the studio to work on music for his twelfth studio album. They were joined by guitarist Neal Schon and bassist Michael Anthony and according to Hagar it was the rebirth of his 1980s band HSAS, which featured Schon and two other members.
In June 2013, the readers of UK-based Rhythm magazine ranked Smith and Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea the fourth-greatest rhythm section of all time.
2013 Death threats:
On November 8, 2013 while on the band's Chili Peppers' 2013 tour in Brazil, Smith made an appearence at a drum clinic where he was presented with a soccer jersey a local Brazilian Flamengo team. Smith, who was appearing in the city of the team's hated rival, proceeded to jokingly place the jersey down his pants and threw it on the floor. Fans in attendance responded with boos and one person even threw an object at Smith, barely missing his head. Smith attempted to calm the crowd down telling them he was kidding and the only place that it's ok to hate something or someone is in sports. Following his appearance, fans took to the internet including YouTube in outrage over Smith's joke feeling it was completely disrespectful. Some fans issued more dangerous threats towards Smith by saying would be killed or pelted with grenades or rocks onstage when the band performed in Brazil. Smith issued a statement through Twitter starting "'I want to apologize for my inappropriate antics at the drum clinic, my joke about team rivalries went too far. Flamengo fans...I'm sorry" The post was accompanied by pictures of Smith wearing the Flamengo team jersey along with hanging out signing autographs for the team's supporters in attempts to further smooth over the situation. Smith also visited the Flamengo training ground to apologise to the players personally and presented them with Chili Peppers T-shirts. The band performed the following night without any problems.
Smith is married to architect Nancy Mack, with whom he has three children. In addition, Smith has a daughter from a previous marriage and two other children.
He is an active supporter of a number of non-profit organizations including Surfer's Healing, SeriousFun Network, MusiCares, Silverlake Conservatory of Music, Guitar Mash NY and Camp Korey.
The Smith/Mack family split their time between Malibu, California and New York.
He is also known for his strong resemblance to actor and comedian Will Ferrell, which he is constantly asked about.
Chad's Pearl Acrylic kit:
14x14 floor tom,
16x16 floor tom,
24x16 kick drum,
14×5 Pearl Ultracast Snare or a 14x6 Pearl Sensitone Elite,
14x6 acrylic Free Floating snare (auxiliary snare),
6x12 acrylic rocket tom,
6x13 acrylic rocket tom,
6x14 acrylic rocket tom,
6x16 acrylic rocket tom,
Adams Professional tunable tympani,
Note: Smith rarely uses his signature snare.
14" AAX-Celerator Hats,
21" AA Rock Ride,
20" AA Rock Crash,
19" AA Rock Crash,
21" AA Holy China,
10-inch AAX Splash,
Vater Percussion sticks:
Chad Smith Funk Blaster,
C1000 straight stand × 5,
P2000C bass drum pedal,
H2000 hi-hat stand,
S2000 snare stand,
T2000 double tom stand,
B1000 boom stand,
Clear Powerstroke 4 (bass drum batter): 24-inch,
Clear Emperor (Bass Drum Resonant): 24",
Clear Controlled Sound(Tom Batters): 12", 14", 16",
Clear Ambassador (Tom Resonants): 12", 14", 16",
Coated Controlled Sound X (Snare Batter): 14",
Ambassador Hazy (Snare Side): 14",
Coated Ambassador (Auxiliary Snare Batter): 14",
Controlled sound (rocket toms),
Gon Bops Percussion:
Red Rock Cowbell,