Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Discusses Potential Tour With Will Ferrell
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is a man with his irons in many fires and the rocker addressed some of them in a Twitter chat with fans via Rolling Stone. One of the big topics that came up was touring, and Smith discussed the possibility of a pair of tours.
When one fan asked if the band considered doing a 25th anniversary run for 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik,' Smith replied, "I wouldn't say "never" to anything, but we're always moving forward and we don't look back too much. That seems to me that you're really going back. We have so much other material, and so much music that we want to play. But, again, I wouldn't say that we'd never do it, but it's not something that's ever really come up or discussed or talked about or anything. It's not going to happen anytime in the near future."
As for his long-running battle with doppelganger Will Ferrell, Smith says they might take their show on the road. He explains, "We had such a good time, and we were so overwhelmed with the response from our 'Tonight Show' drum-off. Both of us were like, 'Wow. We were just trying to show people that we're not the same guy. We raised a lot of money for charity, which was the great thing about it. He has this Cancer for College charity that he champions, and he did an event in Seattle, so I came up there for that too and I put a little band together: Mike [McCready] from Pearl Jam and Duff [McKagan], Stefan [Lessard] from Dave Matthews and Brandi Carlile sang. Will came up and played cowbell with us. It's been a fun thing that has just kept going. It's got this life of its own."
He continues, "I can't really expound upon details, but we have been talking about doing something next year that will combine music and comedy – a show. It will benefit the charities that we're into. Plus, I think I need to redeem myself from how I was robbed of the Golden Cowbell. I don't want to burst any bubbles, but he wasn't even playing the drums, people! Shenanigans! Call the cops, I've been robbed! Yeah, so, it's not over."
So what about Lars Ulrich and that potential three-way battle? Smith laughs, "We got such a kick out of saying we'd battle Lars, who obviously looks nothing like us — this small Danish man. We're like, 'Yeah, that guy really looks like us.' 'Yeah, Lars.' All the Metallica fans were like, 'Lars will drum circles around you guys.' And I think Lars' response was really great. He took it and was really fun about it. I don't know. We'll figure it out. We're open to any and everything and anyone that wants to step forward."
Red Hot Chili Peppers are currently working on a new album and Smith says the band will start recording in the new year. "We've written and recorded in a way that we've never done before, so the record is going great," says Smith. "We all have high hopes that it's going to take off and we're going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers."
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