Did you catch Chad’s Reddit AMA this afternoon?
Will Ferrell did.
Chad has challenged Will to a drum battle - and Will has accepted! Help make this challenge happen by donating to Cancer For College.
Bid for a custom painting of the Red Hot Chili Peppers now on Charitybuzz!
The painting is signed by Anthony, Flea, Chad, Josh and the artist, One9. The auction benefits Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
Auction ends February 20, 2014 at 2pm ET. To bid, please click here.
Chad Smith + Will Ferrell + Funny Or Die =
When we were asked by the NFL and Bruno to play our song Give It Away at the Super Bowl, it was made clear to us that the vocals would be live, but the bass, drums, and guitar would be pre-recorded. I understand the NFL's stance on this, given they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, there a zillion things that could go wrong and ruin the sound for the folks watching in the stadium and the t.v. viewers. There was not any room for argument on this, the NFL does not want to risk their show being botched by bad sound, period.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers stance on any sort of miming has been that we will absolutely not do it. The last time we did it (or tried to) was in the late 80's, we were thrown off of 'The Top Of the Pops' television program in the U.K. during rehearsals because we refused to mime properly, I played bass with my shoe, John played guitar atop Anthony's shoulders, and we basically had a wrestling match onstage, making a mockery of the idea that it was a real live performance.
We mimed on one or two weird MTV shows before that and it always was a drag. We take our music playing seriously, it is a sacred thing for us, and anyone who has ever seen us in concert (like the night before the Super Bowl at the Barclays Center), knows that we play from our heart, we improvise spontaneously, take musical risks, and sweat blood at every show. We have been on the road for 31 years doing it.
So, when this Super Bowl gig concept came up, there was a lot of confusion amongst us as whether or not we should do it, but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a life time crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it. We had given this a lot of thought before agreeing to do it, and besides many a long conversation amongst ourselves, I spoke with many musician friends for whom I have the utmost respect, and they all said they would do it if asked, that it was a wild trippy thing to do, what the hell. Plus, we the RHCP all love football too and that played a big part in our decision. We decided that, with Anthony singing live, that we could still bring the spirit and freedom of what we do into the performance, and of course we played every note in the recording specially for the gig. I met and spoke with Bruno, who was a beautiful dude, a real talented musician, and we worked out something that seemed like it would be fun.
We recorded a track for the day, just banged one out from our hearts that was very like in spirit to the versions we have been playing live the last few years with our beloved Josh on guitar.
For the actual performance, Josh, Chad, and I were playing along with the pre recorded track so there was no need to plug in our guitars, so we did not. Could we have plugged them in and avoided bumming people out who have expressed disappointment that the instrumental track was pre recorded? Of course easily we could have and this would be a non-issue. We thought it better to not pretend. It seemed like the realest thing to do in the circumstance. It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it. Our only thought was to bring the spirit of who we are to the people.
I am grateful to the NFL for having us. And I am grateful to Bruno, who is a super talented young man for inviting us to be a part of his gig. I would do it all the same way again.
We, as a band, aspire to grow as musicians and songwriters, and to continue to play our guts out live onstage for anyone who wants to get their brains blown out.
Did you see the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform last night at the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show? Bid now for Chad's custom drum kits built by Pearl Drums at NFL Auction!
Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the Isle of Wight Festival in England on June 14th.
Tickets are available now: please click here.
Red Hot Chili Peppers and the NFL are pleased to announce that the drum set custom built by Pearl Drums that Chad will play during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show will be auctioned off at NFL Auction to benefit Make-A-Wish. To bid, please click here.
The Chili Peppers played three shows in Brazil in November 2013. Check out new photos from Belo Horizonte, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro now in the I'm With You Fan Photos Gallery!
Photos by Altair Santos
Red Hot Chili Peppers will join Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, NJ on February 2nd!
Super Bowl XLVIII will be broadcasted live in the United States on FOX at 6:25p EST.
For details on the international broadcast, please click here.
Bid for a skateboard autographed by Anthony, Flea, Chad and Josh now on eBay.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are performing in San Juan at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot on April 6th, 2014.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining WFAN'S Big Hello To Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on February 1st, 2014.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the 7107 International Music Festival in Clark, Pampanga, Philippines on February 23, 2014.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have contributed "Factory Of Faith" to the Songs For The Philippines collection.
All proceeds will benefit the relief efforts of the Philippine Red Cross.
Songs For The Philippines is available now globally through iTunes.
The professionally mixed & mastered live downloads from Brazil are now available for purchase:
The live download from the Asunción, Paraguay on November 5th is now available for purchase: click here.
The professionally mixed & mastered live download from the Belo Horizonte, Brazil on November 2nd is now available for purchase: click here.
Red Hot Chili Peppers return to South America in 2014.
Red Hot Chili Peppers have customized a pair of Converse shoes to be auctioned on eBay for charity.
For details, please click here.
Red Hot Chili Peppers will release I'm Beside You on Black Friday, November 29th.
The limited-edition vinyl double LP features 17 tracks recorded during the I'm With You Sessions, previously released as 7" singles.
As a part of Record Store Day, I'm Beside You will be available only at your local record store. For information on participating stores, please click here.
Artwork by Kelsey Brooks