Chad Smith Gallery From DRUM! Night 2013

We’ve tried to convince Chad Smith to appear at DRUM! Night every year since its inception in 2009. Who says persistence doesn’t pay off? This year’s show finally happened to coincide with his busy schedule, as the Red Hot Chili Peppers were scheduled to play at Outside Lands in San Francisco the day after DRUM! Night 2013. So here are a few shots of his set that reveal several different sides to Smith’s onstage personality.

Chad Smith

Chad Smith, caught in the grips of a groove, hammering hard.

Chad Smith

It’s interesting that this living legend kept his spare sticks lying on the floor next to his throne. Is that how he does it with the Chili Peppers?

Chad Smith

Smith demonstrates an old-school soloing trick by laying an elbow into the batter head to alter the pitch of his snare drum.

Chad Smith

Once a goofball, always a goofball.

Chad Smith

Changing things up, Smith segues into a samba feel.


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  • Chad knows how to entertain and educate an audience. Would drop any project to see his clinics.