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[–]_WillFerrell 6297 points6298 points  (837 children)

Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call.

Also, would you rather fight a hundred duck sized ducks or one horse sized horse?

[–]ImChadSmith[S] 5888 points5889 points  (529 children)

Hey Will, I've logged back in JUST to accept your challenge. Bring IT!

[–]Here_Comes_The_King 6115 points6116 points  (412 children)

let tha king judge who wins ya digg?! im in !!

[–]pixeldustnz 1125 points1126 points  (29 children)

And boom, there he is.... the delicious meat in our Chad/Will sandwich.

[–]ncsarge 935 points936 points  (16 children)

I love reddit so much right now that words can't even describe it.

[–]fleetber 499 points500 points  (6 children)

reddit. so hot right now. reddit.

[–]Snowden2016 167 points168 points  (2 children)

I bet the people working at and owning reddit are so pleased by this thread.

[–]ClintonHarvey 72 points73 points  (0 children)

Double penis----Bill Murray----Matt Damon---Chad, Will, and Snoop goofing around.

This year has been amazing.

[–]rapturexxv 2515 points2516 points  (152 children)


[–]HansChuzzman 457 points458 points  (6 children)


[–]Cobbleston3 126 points127 points  (3 children)

AMA's have been killin it recently.

[–][deleted] 206 points207 points  (9 children)

Soon reddit will just be a place for celebrities to hang out with each other.

[–]TherapistOrTheRapist 829 points830 points  (86 children)

This moment will go down forever in Reddit history, and we were here to witness it

[–]jwilliams93 199 points200 points  (13 children)

All we need now is Arnie to appear.

[–]turbo_loadstone 113 points114 points  (1 child)

I can die now.

[–]IrateCSR 432 points433 points  (13 children)


[–]itszombles 950 points951 points  (92 children)

It's happening.

[–]KrazySocoKid 632 points633 points  (43 children)

I am fully aroused
EDIT: Snoop is here. Boner through pants, boner through pants.

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    [–]karmakatastrophe 257 points258 points  (3 children)

    Yeah that diagram TOTALLY cleared things up.

    [–]skwull 243 points244 points  (2 children)

    Nice abs

    [–]Ruskaya 300 points301 points  (4 children)

    What a time to be alive

    [–]GrilledCheez00 307 points308 points  (10 children)

    Tea bag his drumset!!!

    [–][deleted] 104 points105 points  (1 child)

    Will Ferrell, asking the important questions.

    [–]acaryo 288 points289 points  (19 children)

    What was it like playing in the dust storm during Weekend 1 last Coachella?

    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 510 points511 points  (14 children)

    It felt like we were on the film set of Lawrence of Arabia.

    [–]Straighttolf 1256 points1257 points  (102 children)

    What is it like to play drums naked in front of a live audience are you ever afraid you will hit your dong with a drumstick

    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1830 points1831 points  (86 children)

    Playing live concerts is the lifeblood of any band. If you don't play concerts, you're half a band. If you're in the studio writing and recording songs, it's half of the experience, the other half is playing live in front of your fans.

    I can do triplets without my feet.

    [–]WhiteFlour 112 points113 points  (12 children)

    If that's the case, how do you feel about John Frusciante's decision not to play live anymore?

    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 2266 points2267 points  (97 children)

    someone asked how I would feel if Snoop Dogg interrupted my AMA: I love Snoop! We toured with Snoop, he's awesome. I love him. It would be a pleasure.

    [–]LemonTheTurtle 909 points910 points  (51 children)

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      [–]TerminalStupidity 522 points523 points  (24 children)

      [–]DizzyDrift 281 points282 points  (12 children)

      Snoop's at a [9]

      [–]AKnightAlone 262 points263 points  (4 children)

      The Snoop scale of highness is [9] through [10].

      Edit: The King. His Highness. Whoa...

      [–]Callmebobbyorbooby 77 points78 points  (0 children)

      What was it like calling him Snoop-a-Loop and streaking shortly after?

      [–]shot_of_skooma 209 points210 points  (2 children)

      Chad do you still drive around on motorcycles with your hair flowing in the breeze?

      [–]ImChadSmith[S] 386 points387 points  (1 child)

      Everything yes except for the last part. But I do ride my motorcycles in slow motion.

      [–][deleted] 871 points872 points  (57 children)

      Hey Chad! Longtime fan here! I'm hoping whether you can share some info on that "unreleased" album you guys made back in the early 2000s that included "Leverage of Space" and "Rolling Sly Stone". Is there any chance of you guys releasing that album in the future?

      [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1079 points1080 points  (47 children)

      Wow, you are a true fan. You know we recorded a bunch of songs when we did our tour, the 2 songs that we put on our Greatest Hits album, and someday they will come out on some sort of box set or something.

      [–]Euphor1c 254 points255 points  (21 children)

      Live in Hyde Park. One of my favorite concerts to listen to!

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      [–]dfetz3 228 points229 points  (2 children)

      Chad Smith just called you a "true fan". Your week is made.

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        [–]Max_Powers08 526 points527 points  (20 children)

        You, Dave Grohl and Matt Cameron get into a 3 way fistfight. Who wins, and why?

        [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1044 points1045 points  (18 children)

        I think the 2 Seattle guys would gang up on the guy from California. And then Dave and Matt would have to thumb wrestle for the victory.

        [–]koopatroopa153 333 points334 points  (16 children)

        Hey Chad thanks for doing this AMA! What was it like drumming with Andrew W.K. during his 24-hour drum marathon?

        [–]ImChadSmith[S] 610 points611 points  (15 children)

        Oh my god I couldn't believe it, that that guy would play the drums for 24 hours straight. I showed up hour 23, and it was like he was on the craziest acid trip he'd ever taken. I was surprised how much stamina, how much he had left in the tank. It was a real honor, he's a real cool guy. He wrote me a real nice thank you letter afterwards. Really cool.

        [–]dyljo 158 points159 points  (13 children)

        Hey Chad, what ever happened to that toilet seat you used for your drumset in the Look Around video?

        [–]ImChadSmith[S] 298 points299 points  (12 children)

        I think it's hanging up in the Hard Rock cafe in Las Vegas?

        [–]baldylox 187 points188 points  (2 children)

        Yes, evidently you're not supposed to use it.

        Also, I am banned from the Hard Rock in Vegas.

        [–]bgold09 311 points312 points  (18 children)

        Hey Chad, I started playing drums because of the red hot chili peppers. I saw a video of you playing Charlie from a drum clinic and I was wondering about your technique. I notice you bounce around a lot on both feet, are you actually playing ghost notes on the bass drum or is it not connecting? Do you have any other tips for drummers?

        [–]ImChadSmith[S] 517 points518 points  (7 children)

        Sometimes I do play ghost notes on the bass drum (excellent technical questions). The bouncing of the feet is because I like to move all of my limbs to help me keep time, all the time, when playing the drums. And that would be the tip for the day: Keep your limbs moving, all the time!

        [–]Chizomsk 63 points64 points  (4 children)

        In bed, at the bus stop, at the cinema, sunbathing. Keep them shits moving.

        [–]robinkoliko 411 points412 points  (15 children)

        Chad I´m an admin of a huge page of RHCP in Chile ( Comunidad Red hot Chili Peppers Chile ) We are making a campaing to hear Wet sand live with the HT #WETSANDINCHILE , please tell me that is possible !

        [–]ImChadSmith[S] 560 points561 points  (5 children)

        Anything's possible! We do play that song so I will make a mental note, I will put that in my very small, complicated brain.

        [–]CashCarStar 159 points160 points  (1 child)

        That song should be a staple. One of your best ever.

        [–]GoodGuyGuitar 519 points520 points  (6 children)

        Why didn't you call it Red Hot Chile Peppers?

        [–]Frajer 950 points951 points  (55 children)

        Hey Chad does being in the Chili Peppers feel any different without John Frusciante? How long did it take with Josh for things to click?

        [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1171 points1172 points  (43 children)

        Yea, I mean, John is a beautiful person and a fantastic musician and we are forever grateful for having him in our band. Josh is his own man and we love him and we're very lucky to have such a dedicated musician playing with us.

        [–]KoNy_BoLoGnA 662 points663 points  (37 children)

        Honestly the new album is amazing. I love the different flavors of RHCP we get to see as the band changes and evolves. You guys have changed music in so many ways and I consider you to be the greatest band of my generation. Thank you so much for everything.

        I'd also like to use this opportunity to tell you that my English teacher in high school said he didn't like you because sometimes you play without a shirt on. Fuck that guy, am I right?

        [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1315 points1316 points  (26 children)

        Yeah, fuck that guy! What is he? What does he got against the male torso?

        [–]beaverteeth92 244 points245 points  (6 children)

        Honestly the new album is amazing. I love the different flavors of RHCP we get to see as the band changes and evolves.

        Habanero, Jalapeño, Cayenne...

        [–]suikerpapa 78 points79 points  (9 children)

        Actually, I believe they'd known Josh for a long time, he toured with them and John and Josh have a band together and made a few albums.

        [–]poweredbypleiades 36 points37 points  (1 child)

        Correct! Here's a show from Poland where Josh plays with them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhrCbZBAC7M

        [–]Conradfr 28 points29 points  (4 children)

        Josh also played on a lot of Frusciante records, especially on drums, except on Shadows Collide With People where I read he was not yet confident enough so Chad played on it (fantastic record btw).

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          [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1130 points1131 points  (28 children)

          Yes. Pearl Jam was the opening act, Nirvana was right after them and it was on the West Coast, and we did some dates from right after Christmas through New Years, 1991. And it was right when Nirvana was blowing up, and some of the most incredible crowd energy I felt watching them during the Nirvana set.

          [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1338 points1339 points  (22 children)

          They would start "Teen Spirit" and the place would go fucking bananas. You would feel everybody levitating off of their feet. Really something.

          [–]hadhad69 193 points194 points  (7 children)


          [–][deleted] 268 points269 points  (6 children)

          All my arm hair just tried to evacuate my body at once

          [–]Philo_T_Farnsworth 510 points511 points  (39 children)

          Jesus. Those bands. $19.50. In 1992 when arguably all three of them were firing on all cylinders, creatively speaking.

          [–][deleted] 523 points524 points  (20 children)

          Ticketmaster added another $200, though.

          [–]lead_the_sheeple 279 points280 points  (6 children)

          "convenience charge"

          [–]NedTaggart 43 points44 points  (6 children)

          Not back then. I can remember cutting class and standing in line outside of Foley's at the mall waiting for them to open so we could buy tickets from their business office. I saw INXS, Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica, Alice in Chains, Rush and about a dozen random 80's hairbands and I don't think I ever paid more than $25 for a ticket.

          [–]enough_space 20 points21 points  (3 children)

          Fuck it, I'd still go.

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            [–]ImChadSmith[S] 791 points792 points  (43 children)

            I was gonna say the Slane castle one, the nice Irish people. We're so fortunate we have such great audiences. Other than you CRAZY Irish people whom we love, the South Americans are right up there with you.

            [–][deleted] 255 points256 points  (18 children)

            Would you ever play Slane again?

            [–]ImChadSmith[S] 616 points617 points  (17 children)

            If they would ask us, we would play, again. We loved playing in Ireland.

            Riverdance has to be the opener though.

            [–]suikerpapa 22 points23 points  (6 children)

            Off the Map and Slane Castle are one of the best live performances I've ever seen

            [–]VeryShagadelic 636 points637 points  (56 children)

            Hey Chad, what is your favourite Peppers album you guys made to date?

            Also, is the drum battle with Will Ferrell really going to happen?

            [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1695 points1696 points  (55 children)

            I would say Blood Sugar Sex Magik was my favorite to make. Very exciting time for the band.

            That's a good question! That's kinda up to Mr. Ferrell. I did see his instagram thing and I have to comment that I think Mr. Ferrell is a delusional imposter. It seems to me that he has gone off his meds and he needs to seek professional help because I am obviously more talented and handsome than he is. You know, his cowbell work is well-documented, but his drumset skills are nominal based on Step Brothers the film. Other than wiping his testicles on the drums, which of course I give high marks to.

            [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1332 points1333 points  (37 children)

            BUT I can continue... if he chooses to accept the drum battle, which of course, I will take him downtown like Julie Brown Chinatown...If I LOSE, I will work free of charge as his stand-in on his next film or wash his car for the duration of filming. But if I WIN, he has to give me free pedicures for a year. Gotta take care of your feet!

            [–]ImChadSmith[S] 1323 points1324 points  (32 children)

            The ball's in his court.

            No pun intended.

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              [–]mercedesbends 18 points19 points  (14 children)

              Who would be judging this contest?

              [–][deleted] 61 points62 points  (1 child)

              Anthony, Flea, Vince and John C.

              [–][deleted] 20 points21 points  (1 child)

              How many cowbells would you recommend to a drummer just starting out?

              I know more is better but is there such a thing as too much cowbell?

              [–]Agent_Ray_Gillette 117 points118 points  (26 children)

              Chad, as a drummer who also loves guitar, I admire you man! I love those Jaguars I see you with every now and then! Is that your favorite guitar?

              Tell us a little about the guitar side of you.

              [–]ImChadSmith[S] 367 points368 points  (25 children)

              I am a HACK on the guitar. But I do love to play it, I think the guitar is a beautiful instrument, and I have quite a few acoustic guitars, but I must say my favorite is a 1964 Stratocaster that John Frusciante gave me.

              [–][deleted] 420 points421 points  (21 children)

              Hi Chad!

              1. If you could play drums in any band (yes, besides RHCP), from any decade, year, style, or era, what band would it be?

              2. Do you design your own custom drumsets?

              edit: The first drum video I ever watched was Red Hot Rhythm Method. Thank you for that video, it taught me SO MUCH about feel and playing in the pocket.

              [–]ImChadSmith[S] 681 points682 points  (19 children)

              1) Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix is a close second.

              2) I do, with of course the help from the creative people at Pearl Drums.

              [–][deleted] 94 points95 points  (0 children)

              I had a feeling you were going to say Zeppelin :) Thanks for answering! Good luck with the new material, tours, etc. Been loving RHCP since the Uplift Mofo Party Plan years!

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                [–]ImChadSmith[S] 671 points672 points  (3 children)

                One of the highlights of my life. Just an incredibly talented, wonderful man. That's all I can say, it was one of the highlights of my career, being able to record with Johnny Cash, and he was a real gentleman.

                [–]The_Best_Dong 2061 points2062 points  (69 children)

                I, on behalf of reddit, apologize for any Will Ferrell jokes you are about to endure.

                [–][deleted] 365 points366 points  (85 children)

                Hey Chad, how come you guys don't play any songs from the One Hot Minute era?

                [–]ImChadSmith[S] 597 points598 points  (73 children)

                We don't really feel that connected to that record anymore. No special reason, not to say we would never play those songs but we don't feel that emotionally connected to that music right now.

                [–]ChBass 362 points363 points  (23 children)

                Just let Flea play Pea every once in a while, you know?

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                  [–]Shebazz 116 points117 points  (1 child)

                  I can't say that one time fast

                  [–]ardikus 45 points46 points  (2 children)

                  Flea play pea, flea play plea, fpleaplay pee, floplayplay, fplaypleplpea, flpelpelfleplaelepalea

                  [–]JoesusTBF 91 points92 points  (9 children)

                  "One Hot Minute" was my introduction to RHCP, because it's their only CD that my dad has. He probably felt awkward when I would sing along to "Aeroplane" at 5 years old.

                  [–][deleted] 37 points38 points  (2 children)

                  Shame. Your work on that album is incredible.

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                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 349 points350 points  (8 children)

                    Oh. They're both so important to drumming. Technically Buddy Rich, but I would say style, Gene Krupa. If Buddy and Gene had a baby, that would be the ultimate drummer. And they would be living in Mexico.

                    [–][deleted] 65 points66 points  (2 children)

                    Gene Krupa. No, wait—not Krupa, the other one. The one with the teeth...

                    [–]IceCreamForBreakfast 254 points255 points  (11 children)

                    Hey Chad, big fan. What's the most fun chili peppers song to play live. Also is there any songs you guys wish you could play live more often?

                    Thanks, hope you guys start on a new album soon!!

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 677 points678 points  (10 children)

                    Favorite songs to play live, I always enjoy the last song because then I know it's time to get into the shower. And we're starting to write songs and a new album next week.

                    [–]pholleeey 294 points295 points  (18 children)

                    Hi Chad! You've made a HUGE impact on my life in a positive way! Thanks for that! My question: What does your practice routine look like?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 495 points496 points  (17 children)

                    I would say I'd prefer playing and interacting with other human beings more than just playing with myself.

                    [–]American_Lad 352 points353 points  (8 children)

                    but HOW MUCH do you enjoy playing with yourself, Chad?

                    [–]xchrisxsays 128 points129 points  (7 children)

                    Not as much as Will Ferrel that's for sure.

                    [–]_burr_ 241 points242 points  (15 children)

                    Hey chad! Huge RHCP fan..wondering what your craziest fan encounter has been?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 730 points731 points  (13 children)

                    Ummmmmm.... I have had women in Mexico come up to me with small children and they say "daddy."

                    [–]NC_Pizza 1278 points1279 points  (4 children)

                    I'm one of those children.

                    I'm strangely good at drums. I have a friend named Señor Pulga and Señor Anontio. When I buy shirts, the sleeves fall off.

                    Please come home Papa.

                    [–]nato138 31 points32 points  (0 children)

                    For those that want to join in the side-splitting laughter, Pulga means Flea and Anontio should be Antonio. For those that speak Spanish, sorry for pointing out the obvious.

                    [–]shawn_g 61 points62 points  (18 children)

                    I have your signature Pearl snare and feel like I'm not getting its full potential sound. Do you have any tuning tips to make it sound its best for someone who's never been great at snare tuning?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 115 points116 points  (12 children)

                    I'm sticking to my tuning tips from the guy before!

                    [–]geoffnolan 49 points50 points  (2 children)

                    As someone who has owned this snare before, I give you the following recommendations:

                    It's a 5.5x14 steel snare, so it will have bright overtones. If this is too much, I recommend using either an Evans HD dry drumhead on top, or a Remo powerstroke III.

                    The bottom head, a remo ambassador hazy works great. 20-strand snare wire is fine. Puresound wires are worth the money if you have it to spend, otherwise, don't worry too much about it.

                    The top head: Crank it! Don't be afraid. If you push in the center of the head with your fingertips, it should barely push. The bottom head: Don't overthink it, make it nice and tight also. It's a thin head though, so be careful.

                    If its still too ringy, you can put a dab of tape on the top head, but don't kill the natural reverb of the drum! Hope this helps.

                    [–]Toledomase 171 points172 points  (12 children)

                    Hey Chad, thanks for doing this. I have two questions:

                    Does the band still keep in touch with John often?

                    And, have you gotten to catch many Wings games this year?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 287 points288 points  (10 children)

                    Yes. John is doing great and he's very happy, he is making music and we love him.

                    You know, I have not, unfortunately. But I do watch as many as I can and I'm a die-hard Redwings fan.

                    [–]elbossohogo 115 points116 points  (9 children)

                    Hey man, huge fan, your music is perennially inspiring, favorite band is RHCP, etc.

                    What I think everyone wants to know is what is your favorite daytime snack?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 246 points247 points  (8 children)

                    Daytime I like to eat a six-pack of pringles.

                    [–]TylerTodd47 493 points494 points  (22 children)

                    What was it like having Jimmy Fallon constantly break character in your SNL bits?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 834 points835 points  (16 children)

                    He's a TERRIBLE actor. Terrible!

                    [–]Artvandelay1 67 points68 points  (0 children)

                    Yeah but I'm sure he thinks you're both "so great" and" awesome".

                    [–]TheLoneMoroccan 1855 points1856 points  (47 children)


                    I know this is going to sound like a dramatic over-the-top fan comment but I do hope you will at least read this.

                    For years now, I have called myself a RHCP fan. I’ve bought almost every single album the band has put out—every single one you’ve been on—and I’ve read Anthony’s biography, “Scar Tissue” multiple times. I remember when “Dani California” first came out I was like, “Holy shit these guys are great!” From there my knowledge of the Chili Peppers grew backwards and forwards from then on. A lot of my friends make fun of me for my serious obsession with you guys. The honest truth is that you guys have saved me, on multiple occasions.

                    A few years ago, my life wasn’t really in the greatest spot. I lost both of my grandparents whom which I loved a whole lot. Not only had this happened, but the girl I loved decided that would be a perfect time to break up with me. Of course, me being the hormonal teenager I was, I fell into a serious depression for the majority of my junior and senior years in high school. If it wasn’t for Californication (the album, not just the song), By the Way, and Stadium Arcadium, I really don’t think I would be the same person, or a person at all. Your music along with Anthony, Flea, Josh, John’s and every other person who has been a part of the band, has been one of the greatest influences on my life and I think that you guys all deserve to know.

                    Frankly, I don’t really care if this comment gets buried, so long as you see it and so long as you guys keep making your music. Thank you so much. For everything.

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 2071 points2072 points  (31 children)

                    Stories like that make us want to keep playing music because our music has such a such a positive effect. Thank you, that is very inspiring. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

                    [–]TheLoneMoroccan 1263 points1264 points  (20 children)

                    Alright, well my life has been made.

                    [–]Weed- 283 points284 points  (13 children)

                    I'm glad he saw this and replied! I hope you are doing better now.

                    [–]TheLoneMoroccan 347 points348 points  (10 children)

                    I'm doing so much better. I'm an all-A student in college and I have a much more stable relationship than the one I was in.

                    [–]pi_nerd 53 points54 points  (0 children)

                    this is so fucking cool.

                    [–]spookypen 69 points70 points  (1 child)

                    Chiming in with TheLoneMoroccan, Californication was a torch through a very dark part of my life, thank you guys.

                    [–][deleted] 17 points18 points  (0 children)

                    Yep, you've helped us all get through some tough times. Thanks a lot Chad, keep rocking!

                    [–]Arbail 190 points191 points  (32 children)

                    Hi chad, huge rhcp fan and wings fan. Who is your favorite current or non current red wings player?

                    b.)As an Oakland county boy myself. How much do you love Hunter house burgers?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 299 points300 points  (28 children)

                    1) It's a tie between Gordy Howe and Stephen Yzerman.

                    2) The best hamburgers in the world. PERIOD.

                    [–]KISSMcCready 77 points78 points  (6 children)

                    What's the story behind the jumpsuit? I've seen you tons of times and the I've only seen you play without it at the Induction!

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 195 points196 points  (5 children)

                    Well a lot of the greats wore jumpsuits, so I'm paying homage to guys like Bonham, Keith Moon, Mick Jagger. Elvis Presley, for chrissakes, wore some badass jumpsuits. It's a time-tested entertainment clothing staple. Stay THAT 20 times fast.

                    [–][deleted] 113 points114 points  (9 children)

                    What is your view on the future of rock music today? Do you think that rock bands will eventually fizzle out or do you think that there will be a resurgence of that style and attitude in popular music?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 259 points260 points  (8 children)

                    as long as there's somebody in their bedroom listening to the blues, because Rock n' roll is based on the blues, I am hopeful and confident that someone will come up with a new and creative way to present their ideas and someone will do that. And I'm hopeful it's within my lifetime.

                    [–]thetruthisrelative 140 points141 points  (8 children)

                    Hi! Huge Chili Peppers fan, thanks for doing this! What songs are your favourite or the most fun for the drum?

                    Also, what were your first impressions of Anthony and Flea upon joining the band?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 297 points298 points  (7 children)

                    I love all of our songs, they're like our children.

                    I thought they were much shorter in person.

                    [–]dan---zero 239 points240 points  (1 child)

                    • Krusty the Clown: Now, boys, the network has a problem with some of your lyrics. Do you mind changing them for the show?
                    • Anthony Kiedis: Forget you, clown.
                    • Chad Smith: Yeah, our lyrics are like our children, man. No way.
                    • Krusty the Clown: Well, okay, but here where it says, "What I got you gotta get and put it in ya," how about just, "What I'd like is I'd like to hug and kiss ya."
                    • Flea: Wow. That's much better.
                    • Arik Marshall: Everyone can enjoy that.

                    [–]perrythepomegranate 126 points127 points  (3 children)

                    Hey Chad! Thanks so much for doing this AMA. What was your favorite concert with RHCP and why? Also, how do you guys come up with a setlist for a show? Again, thanks a lot for doing this.

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 213 points214 points  (1 child)

                    You know I kind of answered the favorite concert before, but I would say Anthony is in charge of the setlist based on how his voice is feeling, so we try to mix it up as best we can.

                    [–]breyerw 64 points65 points  (9 children)

                    What Chili Peppers album are you most proud of?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 173 points174 points  (8 children)

                    The Blood Sugar one is probably my favorite.

                    [–]Everydayvapor 84 points85 points  (6 children)

                    HI CHAD!!! Long time fan of the RHCP. Do you think if the challenge is accepted, that you could kick Will Ferrell's ass in a cowbell off? It would be a hard feat!

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 238 points239 points  (5 children)

                    I know he's good on the cowbell.

                    Tell Will Ferrell anytime, anyplace, I'll take him down. I don't want to embarrass him, but I'd say don't bring your family. Especially children. I don't want them to see this.

                    [–][deleted] 86 points87 points  (12 children)

                    Worst/best experience while touring?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 162 points163 points  (11 children)

                    I really enjoyed the first time we went to Japan because it's so different than any other place we had been before in the 1990s. It was just wacky, just crazy fans, the culture is so different than anything else we had experienced up to that point, it was a real trip. That was a really fun experience and I loved it.

                    I mean, I got death threats in Brazil the last time we were there, but other than that it was great. That's not really FUN but i love the people there, they are so passionate about everything. Passionate about football. Who knew?

                    [–]RLightfoot 75 points76 points  (2 children)

                    What was the process in designing the Holy China and your signature snare? Did you go in knowing what you wanted them to sound like or did you build upon an existing product and fine tune it to your preference?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 105 points106 points  (1 child)

                    Very good question. With the snare drum, I wanted it to be modeled after Black Beauty. And I have to say that we're very happy we are still making those snare drums and people are still getting those 20 years later. But the Holy China, I just wanted a cymbal as loud as the cymbals that were on our drum set. It was really about volume and projection. And they did a great job.

                    [–]McManus42 133 points134 points  (17 children)

                    Was soul to squeeze written specifically for the coneheads soundtrack? That's one of the most beautiful songs ever written and I'm just curious why it wasn't on any albums.

                    [–]Malcorin 37 points38 points  (0 children)

                    It was actually written for Blood Sugar Sex Magic, but the band felt it sounded too similar to Under the Bridge.

                    [–]EliQuince 151 points152 points  (16 children)

                    Chad, drummer to drummer- give me some tips on tuning a snare head. Or tips on how to get famous enough to not need to tune my own drums (or play them wink wink)

                    No, but really- snare tuning tips?

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 588 points589 points  (15 children)

                    Well first of all, you have to be born a lot to look like a certain actor. And then you need to tune your snare drum high enough so that when you drop your testicles on them, they actually bounce twice. And then you know you've got the right skin tension. Skin tension is very important.

                    [–]tw_9692 113 points114 points  (3 children)

                    Hey Chad, just wanted to say hi and that you are a huge inspiration to me. Thanks

                    [–]ImChadSmith[S] 201 points202 points  (2 children)

                    Alright. Thanks!

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                      [–]ImChadSmith[S] 124 points125 points  (3 children)

                      We do record a lot of music, that is true. We're very democratic about everything in our band, and choosing the songs is no different. We all kind of vote on it, we do these little secret votes, and often a lot of the songs that all end up on the record, there are always 3 or 4 we kind of need to lobby for. It's a fun process. That's how we do it.

                      I got involved with Chickenfoot because I have a house in Cabo San Lucas in Mexico where all my other children are, and Sammy Hagar is like the mayor of Cabo, so that basically was how it started, jamming at his club. I hope something happens in the future with Chickenfoot, but right now everyone is kind of busy.

                      [–]lotuskid88 99 points100 points  (6 children)

                      Holy crap man..I am such a big fan. RHCP has been the soundtrack to my life since I was a baby in my mother's womb and I am so incredibly grateful for your music and you! My question, now that RHCP is in hibernation mode, is there any artists you're hoping to work with during your down-time? May I suggest Les Claypool? Thank you for being so fucking awesome and providing the soundtrack to my brightest days and darkest nights.

                      [–]ImChadSmith[S] 147 points148 points  (3 children)

                      We all love playing with other people and it's always an important part of being a musician, I think. But as of next week really it's gonna be all about the Chili Peppers, so we're going to concentrate on that.

                      [–]ApacheRose_Peacock 144 points145 points  (7 children)

                      I have been inspired by the Chilis for what has actually been the majority of my life. I finally saw you play live in November 2011, and the musicianship you (and the band) demonstrated was utterly transcendent. You came out before the show and I ran to meet you, but you had to leave which was unfortunate, I would’ve liked to have shaken your hand. My question: After years of performing, where do you find the inspiration for the explosive creativity of your improvisation? Thank you for the sublime and incomparably honest music that has made me a better musician. I’ll shake your hand when you’re next in England.

                      [–]ImChadSmith[S] 219 points220 points  (2 children)

                      Aw that is nice. You know, it's just that I'm so fortunate to play with other people that are also wanting to grow and change and get better as musicians, and the other guys inspire me as well, so we just try to bounce that creative energy off each other.

                      And I will gladly give you a big hug the next time I see you.

                      [–]JBeck421 154 points155 points  (12 children)

                      What is your personal favorite Will Ferrell movie?

                      [–]ImChadSmith[S] 320 points321 points  (10 children)

                      Old School.

                      was he in that?

                      [–]wsteinhauser 14 points15 points  (0 children)

                      Hey Chad, what is the most challenging RHCP song to play on drums and who is your favorite drummer ever?