Chad Smith Jams With Levon Helm

By Andy Doerschuk Published December 7, 2010

Chad Smith has trouble blending into the background. Take last Saturday night, for example, when the Chili Pepper sticksman showed up at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble house concert just outside Woodstock, New York, hoping to simply watch the beloved drummer for The Band play his inimitably deep grooves. Instead, a couple hours into the show, Smith wound up on stage jamming on a cocktail kit set up beside Helm’s drums. Smith – who shared the stage with Helm for the songs “The Weight” and “All On A Mardi Gras Day” – told the Poughkeepsie Journal that the evening was “a dream come true. Such an honor and a privilege. I just didn't want to screw up.”