Chad Smith Honored In Hometown
The Birmingham, Michigan Historical Museum and Park spiced up its collection recently with a new music exhibit that features native son Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Sounds of Birmingham exhibit kicked off with an event March 6 that featured local DJs recalling some of the bands with connections to Birmingham, such as Bob Seger, SRC, and The Romantics. Creem Magazine, the legendary '70s rock journal that featured critic Lester Bangs, was also located in Birmingham for a while. [Ed. note: The Creem staff is credited with coining the terms "punk rock" and "heavy metal" in a 1971 issue.] Chad Smith and his family donated items from his career including drums, gold records and other Grammy mementos.