Chad smith

Chadwick “Chad” Gaylord Smith ( Saint Paul , Minnesota , United States , October 25 , 1961 ) is an American musician . He is best known for being the drummer for the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers , with whom he recorded eight studio albums and of which he is a member from 1988 to the present. Smith is also the drummer for the hard rock band Chickenfoot and the instrumental band Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats . In addition, he has collaborated with numerous artists such as John Frusciante , Glenn Hughes ,Jake Bugg , Dave Navarro , Dixie Chicks and Johnny Cash , among others.

Throughout his career, Smith has received various accolades. Readers of Rolling Stone magazine voted Chad the 13th best rock drummer in history. Additionally, Spin magazine ranked Chad # 10 on the list of “The 100 Best Alternative Music Drummers.” On the other hand, he is at number 6 on the list of the “50 Greatest Drummers of All Time”, as well as at number 10 on the list of “The 20 Best Drummers of the Last 25 Years”, both lists published by Rhythm magazine . Chad was also named by DRUM! Magazine as “Funk Drummer of the Year” a total of 12 years. In 2012, Chad was included in theRock Hall of Fame , as a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers .


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  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Other information
  • 3 Personal life
  • 4 Equipment
    • 1 Cymbals (Sabian Cymbals)
    • 2 Accessories
  • 5 Discography
    • 1 Red Hot Chili Peppers
    • 2 Chickenfoot
    • 3 Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats
    • 4 Glenn Hughes
  • 6 Sources


Smith began playing drums at age 7. During his adolescence he had several jobs but none seemed to satisfy him since his only interest was to practice and perfect his playing skills . He graduated from high school “Bloomfield Hill’s Lasher” in the year 1980 and thereafter began playing with various bands. He also attended “Andover High School” and “Lahser High School”, graduating from the latter in 1980. While still in school , he left home for a time . When he returned, his mother sent him to boarding school . He worked on a series ofjobs while playing in various bands.

Later, in his 20s, he moved to California , where his brother Brad lived , and ended up in Los Angeles , where he joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers . After playing in the Toby Redd band, Chad gained a very good reputation as a drummer. He was the last to audition for the Red Hot Chili Peppers with a reputation for “eating drums for breakfast.” During the audition, Flea and Anthony were pleasantly surprised by the power, skill and pace of this “giant”. He ended up joining the band in March 1989.. Chad’s style perfectly matched what they were looking for. However, according to Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography , Scar Tissue , after his first audition for the band, Anthony Kiedis told him that he would be admitted into the band if he shaved his head first , as a proof of devotion to the band, but above all, because of Kiedis’s aversion to Smith’s Rock and Roll hair style ( Anthony Kiedis compared it to the Guns N ‘Roses style ; long hair and bandana), as it was not the image of the punk funk band . Smith came back the next day with her hair still in a kerchiefHowever, Anthony allowed him to stay, realizing his stubbornness and according to Flea , because they liked his funk-groove style. Smith’s tenacity to keep his hair long was the greatest, probably due to the discomfort with his recesses, thus clarifying why he almost always wears a hat .

Although he is primarily known as the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers , Smith stands out on more than a hundred albums , not including those recorded with his current band. He has also traveled the world extensively as he performs drumming encounters. He recently attended a series of meetings with one of his heroes, Ian Paice of Deep Purple . Chad is currently developing a parallel project called ” Chickenfoot ” with former members of Van Halen , Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony , along with the famous guitarist Joe Satriani .

Former bassist Deep Purple , Glenn Hughes , recorded an album in the “home” studio Chad in late 2005, early 2006.

As a note of color, Smith hates hot peppers.

Other data

In 1993 Chad released “Red Hot Rhythm Method”, an educational video for novice drummers.

Some of Chad’s biggest influences are: Ringo Starr , Stewart Copeland , Kiss , Keith Moon , Mitch Mitchell , Black Sabbath , Jimi Hendrix , Van Halen , The Who , Motown , P-Funk, Buddy Rich, and John Bonham .

In addition to being recognized for his skills, Chad entered the Guinness Book of Records for playing the world’s largest drums (308 pieces).

During the One Hot Minute tour, Chad suffered two accidents , one while playing baseball and another while riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which caused the tour to be postponed for a time. In 1998 he joined with Dave Navarro in a side project called Spread, which he resigned after Dave’s departure from the Red Hot Chili Peppers .

Personal life

Smith was born on October 25, 1961, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. Her parents are Curtis and Joan Smith. Additionally, he has a sister named Pamela and a brother named Bradley. In 1996, Chad married Maria St John, with whom he had a daughter named Manon St John Smith who was born in 1997. Soon after, Chad and his wife divorced. After the divorce, Chad became a father twice more, in 1998 his son Justin Smith was born, and in 2000 his daughter Ava Cardoso-Smith was born. On May 8, 2004, Chad married architect Nancy Mack in the Bahamas . With Nancy, Chad had three more children, Cole, Beckett and Dashiell who were born in 2005, 2009 and 2012 respectively.


In March 2016 it was officially announced that Chad Smith is now a member of the Drum Workshop Drums family .

The drum kits used by Smith for live performances for The Getaway Tour are as follows:

  • Main: Acrylic kit from the Design series, transparent with colored inserts (acrylic) and glitter.
  • Secondary: acrylic kit from the Design series, green.

Of the following measures:

  • 12×9 “Tom
  • 14×14 “Tom Standing
  • 16×16 “Tom Standing
  • 24×16 “Bass Drum


  • 14 × 5 “DW TRUE-SONIC
  • 14×5 “Acrylic Auxiliary (color matching kit used at the time)


  • 6×12 “DW Rat Tom
  • 6×13 “DW Rat Tom
  • 6×14 “DW Rat Tom
  • 6×16 “DW Rat Tom
  • Adams Symphonic Timbal
  • 10 “Remo Rototom

Remo heads  :

  • Clear Powerstroke 4 (Batter Bass Drum): 24 “
  • Clear Emperor (Resonant Bass Drum): 24 “
  • Clear Controlled Sound (Batter Toms): 12 “, 14”, 16 “
  • Clear Ambassador (Resonant Toms): 12 “, 14”, 16 “
  • Coated Controlled Sound X (Batter Drums): 14 “
  • Ambassador Hazy (Drummer Resonant): 14 “
  • Clear Controlled Sound (Auxiliary Snare Batter): 14 “
  • Clear Controlled Sound (Rata Toms)
  • Renaissance (Timbal)

Cymbals ( Sabian Cymbals)

  • 14 “AAX X-Celerator Hats (Hi-Hat)
  • 19 “AA Medium Crash.
  • 19 “AA Rock Crash
  • 20 “AA Rock Crash.
  • 21 “AA Rock Ride.
  • 21 “AA Holy China.
  • 10 “AAX or AA Splash.


  • GonBops Red Rock Cowbell.
  • LP Jam Block (Medium Pitch)

Chad Smith uses his custom model of VATER chopsticks , Chad Smith’s FUNK BLASTER (5B)


Red hot chili peppers

·                    Mother’s Milk (1989)

·                    Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

·                    One Hot Minute (1995)

·                    Californication (1999)

·                    By the Way (2002)

·                    Stadium Arcadium (2006)

·                    I’m with You (2011)

·                    The Getaway (2016)


·                    Chickenfoot (2009)

·                    Chickenfoot III (2011)


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