Chad Smith News

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Chad Smith was at the premiere of the ‘Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me’ movie that documents Glen Campbell’s final tour after the musician was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. The premiere was held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood on the 11th November, 2014. In the video clip, Chad explains that he wanted to be involved in the project because he grew up listening to Glen Campbell’s music as his own father was a big fan and that his father sadly passed away from Alzheimer’s himself, making the connection even  more poignant.

In another piece of news, it’s been announced that Chad will attend  the Mary Chapa Academy in Greenfield, California on Thursday as part of the Turnaround Arts program (part of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities). The school is one of 35 schools in the US to be chosen for the project which identified schools that were deemed to need additional resources in order to help improve the overall educational experience of the pupils they taught. Chad will be  speaking to the pupils and delivering art supplies and musical instruments. Source

Silverlake Fundraiser November 2014

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“I just want to teach music to as many kids as I can and supply arts education,” he told Rolling Stone, noting that the funds will be used for a new building that will double the student capacity to well over 1,000. About 200 kids currently attend for free. “Arts are as important as athletics and academics. It’s the three A’s.” Source

News reports are beginning to come in for the fourth annual fundraiser held at Ron Burkle’s  home for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The event raised a staggering $1.25 million for the Conservatory of Music and included performances by Rufus Wainwright and Bruno Mars. Paintings by artists such as Damian Hirst, Raymond Pettibon & Richard Prince (Flea made the winning bid on one of his pieces) were also sold at the event. All four members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers were present at the event with the evening being co-hosted by Anthony and Flea.

Read more at Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter

Thanks to Shalhevet for sourcing the Rolling Stone link.