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Chad Smith Biography
Smith grew up in Bloomfield Hills , Michigan and attended Andover High School and Lahser High School , graduating from Lahser in 1980. Whilst he was still at school, he ran away from home for a period of time. When he returned with a dog called Bong, his mother sent him to a boarding school, kept the dog and shortened his name to Bo. He then worked a series of odd jobs, including Gap, while playing in several bands, most starting with the letter T: Tilt, Tyrant, Terence and E-Trian. One of them, Toby Redd, put out a record; and opened for Kansas . Later in his twenties, he moved to California , where his brother Brad lived, and ended up in Los Angeles where he joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers. According to Anthony Kiedis' autobiography Scar Tissue, following Smith's first audition for the band, Kiedis told him he was allowed to join the band if he shaved his head, to test Smith's devotion to the band, but mostly because of Kiedis' dislike of Smith's more conformitive Rock & Roll hair style (which Kiedis' likened to a Guns N' Roses look), as it didn't mesh with the band's punk-funk image. Smith came back the next day with his hair still in a bandana, yet was allowed to stay as Kiedis found his obstinancy impressive.

Chad Smith During the Californication era.

Although he is mainly known as the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smith's drumming is featured on over a hundred albums, not including those recorded with Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has also toured the world extensively performing drum clinics, and recently did a series of clinics with one of his drumming heroes, Deep Purple's Ian Paice. Chad is currently developing a side project called "Chickenfoot" with former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony.[1]

In 2005, Chad Smith helped Pearl develop the Pearl Reference Series drums. Chad used them to record the Red Hot Chili Peppers latest studio album, Stadium Arcadium. Later that year, Pearl and Cee-Lite created a drum kit incorporating Cee-Lite's lighting technology to illuminate his Pearl Masters kit on stage. Chad 's new Pearl kit is wrapped with Cee-Lite's flat, flexible Light Emitting Capacitor (LEC) panels which can be programmed to dim, fade and flash. The kit features 6 ply 7.5 mm 100% aged maple shells with chrome hardware. Chad first played this kit on NBC's Saturday Night Live on the 5-6-06.  

Date of Birth: 25 October 1961, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Birthname: Chad Gaylord Smith

6' 3" (1.91 m)

At 6'3, Chad is the tallest member of the Chili Peppers.

Chad and the Red Hot Chili Peppers dressed up as giant light-bulbs at Dave Navarro's first Red Hot Chili Pepper concert at Woodstock 94.

He holds a world record for playing 308 drum kit parts.

Chad was named the number one drummer alive in a recent Doell & Ford Magazine writers poll. 

During the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, Chad played drums with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the eventual album of the year winners, the Dixie Chicks. 

He is noted as looking very similar to actor Will Ferrell

Drummer (since 1988) for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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