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, caught in the grips of a groove, hammering hard.
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?
Smith demonstrates an old-school soloing trick by laying an elbow into the batter head to alter the pitch of his snare drum.
Once a goofball, always a goofball.
Changing things up, Smith segues into a samba feel.