Chad Smith: John Varvatos 12th Annual Stuart House Benefit

RHCP’s Chad Smith attended the John Varvatos 12th Annual Stuart House Benefit at John Varvatos in LA on April 26th 2015 :

Credit:Matt Sorum and Chad Smith

Many thanks to Angra for the heads up!

Chad Smith at Headley Grange

Chad Smith has tweeted the link (a teaser for NAMM) to a short clip of him playing at Headley Grange significant for its links to Led Zeppelin. Apparently Chad is the first person to record drums there since Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham 40 years ago.

“To be able to just look up and see the way the stairs go, just to be in that space and play those notes and be in this same air, goosebumps, man,” Smith says in the video. “It was amazing.”

More information can be found in an article on Wondering Sound

RHCP First Performance of 2015!

A bit of a surprise to get up and see these photos this morning as I’d seen nothing on the websites I check or in the news feeds saying they were due to play. It seems that the Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at the 4th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala which benefited the J/P Haitian Relief Organization yesterday (January 10th 2015).

Apparently they were the surprise performance of the evening which I guess is why so little was known about this in advance (other than Chad posting a photo of his drum kit shortly beforehand). Source

Clip of By The Way from Chad’s Instagram page: http://instagram.com/p/xtHtlsRo8-/

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A video posted by Chad Smith (@chadsmithofficial) on

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Many thanks to Shalhevet for the info!

2015 Begins with Chad!

And the first RHCP items this year come from the lovely Chad Smith! On 2nd January he preformed with the Nancy Atlas Project and there’s a video of him playing on (and briefly singing; about 3.50) a cover of Brandy:

 

 

There’s also a video of him playing with GE Smith for the next episode of the “Floating Bridge” on  Baeble Music’s Facebook page:

 

Thanks Shalhevet for the heads up on the second link!

December News Update

Catching up on things that the chaos of Christmas has meant I haven’t got round to posting before…

Chad Smith News

There was an interesting interview with Chad Smith on Rolling Stone. He was answering questions sent in by fans on Twitter and the replies cover everything from the new RHCP album, to socks, to Will Ferrell& drum-offs/ cow bells to Chickenfoot.

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Full Rolling Stone interview HERE

 

Chad Smith is also scheduled to appear as a guest on the  “Fireside Sessions with Nancy Atlas” which is returning to Bay Street Theater and the Sag Harbor Center for the Arts in 2015. The weekly music sessions will once again feature a different special guest at each show in January and March with Chad due to appear on the debut show on Friday, January 2nd, 2015. General admission seating is $20 per session. Source

Pearl have  announced the release of two new limited edition Chad Smith signature snare drums. Full details on Music Radar

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Dave Navarro Interview

Dave Navarro has about his mother’s murder.

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Source and full interview HERE

Auction for RHCP Signed Lakers Jersey

For anyone interested (Christmas is coming! It would make a lovely present for someone!), a Lakers’ jersey signed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is up for auction to help raise money for WhyHunger. WhyHunger is a non-profit organisation working to end poverty and hunger.

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This item is closing on  December 10th at 12:10pm and can be bid on now at: http://bit.ly/1t5gEds

 

Chad Smith Update

Along with the couple of articles featuring Flea (post below), a lengthy article has come out featuring Chad Smith. It is a five page interview with Music Radar and discusses a number of things including Chad’s recent collaboration on ‘The Process’ album with Bill Laswell and Jon Batiste, his appearance at the Greenfield school as part of the Turnaround Arts program and there is also a comment about the new Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album:

So what’s the status with the next Chili Peppers record? Where are you guys at with it?

“We’re writing our songs, and we’re really close to getting in to start recording. I think we’ll probably go up to December, do a little pre-production on ‘em, and then we’ll take a little Christmas break. I hope to be recording after the first of the year.

“We’ve probably worked up close to 30 songs. I don’t know if we’ll record all of them. I think last time we overdid it a little, so we’re trying to really hone in on the ones that’ll rise to the top. Maybe we’ll do a bit more pre-production so we can make sure the songs are the best they can be. Traditionally, we’ve always recorded 25 or 30 songs, so we’ll see. It won’t be 50 like last time. [Laughs] We always say, ‘Oh, we’re doing to do a Beatles thing and just do 10 or 11 songs,’ and then it always turns into an epic fucking thing. This time, I thing we’ll focus on the quality and not the quantity.” Source: Music Radar

 

Fandemonium Book Signing LA!

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Angra, Feli and Pamela at the Signing

So, yesterday and the signing of Fandemonium! The book signing was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. with wristbands being available from 9 a.m. and was held at Barnes & Noble, The Grove, Los Angeles. Originally the event was advertised as having Anthony Kiedis and photographer David Mushegain in attendance but during the day it was announced that more than one Red Hot Chili Pepper band member would be there! …

As it turned out, RHCP were represented by Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith and Flea. David Mushegain was of course there (if you don’t know, Dave is the person at the table with a red bandana) and milling around in the background were several other recognizable faces including Chris Warren (Chad’s drum tech whom many of you will have seen playing on stage with the band during the ‘I’m With You’ tour concerts) and Anthony’s girlfriend, Helena Vestergaard.

Fan Photos of the Signing:

Many thanks to Feli for this video

Credits:
A massive thank you to my friends, Angra, Feli and Pamela, who went yesterday and who have shared their photos and videos with us! Love you my RHCP sister and T-shirt Experiment girls! <3

Other photos I believe are by Brian Gove/WireImage.

If anyone else has info/photos/video of the event and would like to share, I’d love to hear from you!

Chad Smith Rocks at Mary Chapa School!

UPDATED: Video added

Chad Smith visited the Mary Chapa Academy in Greenfield, California as part of the Turnaround Arts program (part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities) on Thursday (13th November). There are photos of the event on the Turnaround Arts Facebook page: 

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The Monterrey Herald also has a large article on Chad’s visit to Mary Chapa School with several videos and photographs.