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Chad Smith joined in with a temporary ‘supergroup’ on 23rd October (?) made up of RHCP’s own drummer, Beck, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan, the Wallflowers’ Jakob Dylan, and Goldfrapp’s Davide Rossi at a fundraiser for the Malibu Boys And Girls Club. The set list included Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” Beck’s “Where It’s At,” Bruce Springsteen’s “My Hometown,” Twenty One Pilots’ “House Of Gold” and the Beach Boys “Surfin’ USA.”
Another drum clinic featuring Chad Smith is taking place and this time it’s here in the UK! It takes place on Tuesday 13th December at the Best Western Moat House in Stoke-on-Trent and is being run by the Rhythm Foundry Music School. Chad will be playing drums along with Steve White. Tickets cost £15 each and can be purchased direct from the organiser: 01782 272288
On 3rd November, ‘Rush: Time Stand Still’ will show in 460 movie theatres for one night only*. The film is a documentary that takes a behind-the-scenes look at Rush’s 40th anniversary tour.
In a promo video for the film, RHCP’s Chad Smith is featured, among other stars including Gene Simmons and Taylor Hawkins, briefly talking twice about the band. The first time he says, “Hello. My Name is Chad Gaylord Smith. I’m a Scorpio and I’m in a little musical combo called the Red Hot Chili Peppers,” in a fake accent and in the second,”I am a huge Rush fan. One of the biggest.”
And Chad Smith has been interviewed discussing the album:
Loudwire interview with Chad Smith for 25th Anniversary of Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Blood Sugar Sex Magik turns 25. Pheew! I can’t believe that it’s that long when we made that record. It doesn’t seem like it. You know the band was in a very exciting place creatively at that time. I remember it was the first time that Rick Rubin had worked with us and we recorded in this house in Hollywood so we weren’t in a proper, regular studio and we all lived in the house. We had a bunch of songs and John especially was coming into his own as a song-writer and feeling very comfortable in the band. Prior to that, John and I had sort of joined around the same time and we had done Mother’s Milk in 1989 and we toured and the chemistry of the band was really, we were firing on a real high level. We toured a lot, got to know each other musically and personally a lot, and sort of solidified that chemistry and wrote all those songs together. It was fun, man. I think back on it and it went really quickly, I mean we did the album in two months and yeah, Anthony was singing more and the songs were becoming more melodic and this is the first time I remember, thinking like wow listening to the play back that this is the first time that the band’s organic natural sound and energy’s been captured on tape, as it was back then. And we were just really excited with the way the songs we were playing and the way they were coming out. And of course we were playing with Rick and Brendan O’Brien was engineering, went on to be a great, amazing producer. It was just like a perfect storm, everything was happening at the same time. And then, rock music was changing as well, you know, I think people were getting were tired of that whole Sunset Strip kind of hair metal thing which was sort of popular at that time… We were doing what we were doing anyway, as we had been for a long time but then bands like Nirvana came along and you know, the Seattle scene. We went on tour with Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins and I remember that being a really exciting tour, feeling that like, something really exciting is happening in music. And we were happy to be part of it. Yeah, that Nirvana record came out the same day as ours; I didn’t know that … but two pretty good records. But they were just so amazing. It was an incredible band. And again having Dave Grohl in the band, you know I think it was the first record they did with him. And you know those songs, obviously it’s an incredible record and we did get to tour together at the very end of ’91. Right after Christmas we did a west coast tour together. It was Pearl Jam was the opening band, Nirvana and then the Chili Peppers and we played up and down the west coast. And I just remember being in the Cow Palace, San Francisco, on New Year’s Eve and watching Nirvana launch into Teen Spirit and the crowd and the place was just like …amazing. Like nothing I have ever felt before. It was so exciting and so, I just can’t explain the feeling. It was incredible. And just like, this is something, we are seeing something really amazing. And they were great and, you know, it was a great time for music and we were just happy to be at the right time when it was all going on. And, it’s probably my favourite because of those reasons I said, it’s probably my favourite record of mine to make with the band. I love all of our records and they all have a special place, but because it was happening at that time and the band becoming, we became pretty popular after that record and ‘Under The Bridge’ came out a few months later and everything sort of changed for us and our band. But those initial six months was like really cool.