Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1961-10-25 (59 years old) · Gender: Male

31 Movies · 4 TV shows

Biography

Chad Gaylord Smith (born October 25, 1961) is an American musician who has been the drummer of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers since 1988. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Smith is also the drummer of the hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot, formed in 2008, and of the all-instrumental outfit Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, formed in 2007. He worked with The Chicks on Taking the Long Way, an album that won 5 Grammy Awards in 2007.Smith has recorded with Glenn Hughes, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, Jennifer Nettles, Kid Rock, Jake Bugg, the Avett Brothers, Joe Satriani, Post Malone, Lana Del Rey and Halsey. In 2010, joined by Dick Van Dyke and Leslie Bixler, he released Rhythm Train, a children's album which featured Smith singing and playing various instruments. In 2020, Smith co-wrote and performed as part of the backing band on Ozzy Osbourne's album, Ordinary Man.Spin magazine placed Smith at #10 on their list of the "100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music" in May 2013. Readers of UK-based Rhythm magazine ranked Smith and Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea the fourth-greatest rhythm section of all time in their June 2013 issue. Smith is also known for his charity work especially with young musicians. He has been a lobbyist in support of music education in U.S. public schools. Smith is also the host of the PBS concert series Landmarks Live in Concert, which began in January 2017.

Personal Life

Smith has two elder siblings, brother Bradley and sister Pamela. Smith lives in Malibu, California with his second wife, architect Nancy Mack, whom he married in 2004 and with whom he has three sons, Cole (born 2005), Beckett (born 2009) and Dashiell (born 2012). From 1996–1997, Smith was married to Maria St John with whom Smith had a daughter, Manon (born 1997). He also has two other children, Justin Smith (born 1998) and Ava Maybee Cardoso Smith (born 2001) through other relationships and spends time also living in New York. Discussing his relationships and marriages Smith said "I’m the dumper. I fall in love easily, but I get restless. I’ll figure it out one day. Can we talk about something else?" Smith is also an avid fan of his hometown Michigan sports teams, including the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.Following the Chili Peppers May 14, 2017 performance in Columbus, OH, Smith sang the University of Michigan fight song "The Victors". Smith's singing of the fight song made national news as the University of Michigan and Ohio State are longtime sports rivals. At shows in Ohio, Smith's drumset has sometimes featured the Michigan Wolverines logo.In January 2020, Smith opened his first art exhibit, stating "The way that I want to interpret my feelings about playing the drums and playing music - I’m trying to put this in a different medium. [...] I love to express myself in any sort of creative way that I can, and doing this is another way to kind of take chances and take a risk, and I like to do that. I think it’s important for any artist to do that- to keep trying new things. It’s not your normal medium, you know. It’s not like Bob Ross with an afro in front of the thing and painting” Smith said.

Early Life

Smith was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, the third child of Joan and Curtis Smith. He spent most of his childhood in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he graduated from Lahser High School in 1980. He started to play drums at age seven and grew up listening mainly to bands such as Rush, the Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, the Who, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Kiss.Chad did not receive formal drum lessons, and gained drumming experience by playing in school bands.Smith ran away from home when he was 15, but returned home after a summer.Smith spent his early years in various rock bands, starting in high school with a band called Paradise, where they won the battle of the bands in Birmingham, Michigan, in 1977. That first band included members, Jay Yang (bass), Scott Porter (lead guitar) and Tom Auch (roadie). Future bands included Pharroh and Michigan-based band Toby Redd. Pharroh's percussionist Larry Fratangelo, who also worked with Parliament-Funkadelic, introduced Smith to R&B and funk music and taught him how to play funk. Smith said, "I think up until then, I was a drummer. Once I studied with Larry, I turned into a musician." Funk drummers like David Garibaldi, Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, and Greg Errico caught his attention and influenced his style a lot. Later, Smith decided to move to California to pursue his musical aspirations.

Movies & TV shows

2019.

2 Movies
Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine

Creem: America's Only Rock 'n' Roll Magazine

2019
The seminal music magazine from its 1969 launch in Detroit to the death of its publisher in 1981 is explored.

2018.

2 Movies
In Your Face: The Neil Zlozower Story

In Your Face: The Neil Zlozower Story

2018
Rock music and rock photography are synonymous for the wild antics of their rockstars with one common denominator: Neil Zlozower, photographer extraordinaire and in-your-face madman. The daily dallian...
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Lollapalooza Brasil

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Lollapalooza Brasil

2018
Red Hot Chili Peppers live at Lollapalooza Brazil, 23.03.2018. Setlist: Intro Jam / Can't Stop / Snow ((Hey Oh)) / Otherside / Dark Necessities / Menina mulher da pele preta / Sick Love / Nevermind / ...

2017.

4 Movies
Song to Song

Song to Song

10
2017
In this modern love story set against the Austin, Texas music scene, two entangled couples, struggling songwriters and music mogul Cook and the waitress whom he seduces, chase success through a rock '...
The Lego Batman Movie

The Lego Batman Movie

6.24
2017
A cooler-than-ever Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule the city, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wants to be his sidekick.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Rock in Rio 2017

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Rock in Rio 2017

2017
Red Hot Chili Peppers at Cidade do Rock, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 24, 2017. Setlist: Intro Jam / Can't Stop / Snow ((Hey Oh)) / The Zephyr Song / Dark Necessities / Did I Let You Know / I W...
Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special

Foo Fighters – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special

2017
Multi-Grammy-winning rock band Foo Fighters delivers an electrifying, historic performance at the famed Odeon of Herodes Atticus from the Acropolis in Athens, Greece, in the latest installment of Land...

2016.

1 Movie
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Rock am Ring 2016

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Rock am Ring 2016

2016
Red Hot Chili Peppers at Mendig, Germany.

2015.

1 Movie
Rammstein in Amerika

Rammstein in Amerika

2015
The concert film celebrates the band’s legendary show in New York’s Madison Square Garden – Rammstein’s return to the US after a ten-year absence. In HD and 5.1 surround sound. For the documentary, R...

2014.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Made in Japan: The Rise of Deep Purple Mk II

Made in Japan: The Rise of Deep Purple Mk II

2014
Deep Purple is one of the most influential and important guitar bands in history, one of the godfathers of the heavy metal genre, with over 100 million album sales worldwide to their name. To celebrat...
TV
Late Night with Seth Meyers

Late Night with Seth Meyers

3.5
2014
"Saturday Night Live's" longest serving anchor on the show's wildly popular "Weekend Update" takes over as host of NBC's "Late Night", which is home to A-list celebrity guests, memorable comedy and th...

2013.

1 Movie
Red Hot Chili Peppers: [2013] Circuito Banco Do Brasil Festival

Red Hot Chili Peppers: [2013] Circuito Banco Do Brasil Festival

2013
Red Hot Chili Peppers concert at Parque dos Atletas (City of Rock), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2012.

4 Movies
Beware of Mr. Baker

Beware of Mr. Baker

2012
Fela Kuti's Afrobeat was discovered by the world's greatest drummer when he arrived in Nigeria in 1972. After leaving Nigeria, Ginger returned to his drug-driven self-destruction and settled in South ...
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Bonnaroo 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Bonnaroo 2012

2012
Today, the initial lineup for the 11th annual Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival was announced. This year's event will take place at the same 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee as last year, with he...
Red Hot Chili Peppers: [2012] Rock Im Pott

Red Hot Chili Peppers: [2012] Rock Im Pott

2012
Near perfect quality Pro-shot Broadcast recording of Red Hot Chili Peppers, recorded live at the Rock IM Pott, at Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on July, 7th, 2012.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live from the Basement

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live from the Basement

2012
2012 live performance which was part of Nigel Godrich's online live music series, "From the Basement". The performance featured the band performing most of their 2011 album,"I'm with You". When firs...

2011.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Jonathan Ross Show

The Jonathan Ross Show

2011
The host of the show is Jonathan Ross. After the conclusion of Jonathan Ross' show, it was broadcast for the first time.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Rock in Rio 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Rock in Rio 2011

2011
The Red Hot Chili Peppers played on the World Stage during the second day of the Rock in Rio Festival in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil on September 24th, 2011. Setlist: Monarchy of Roses / Can't Stop / Char...

2010.

1 Movie
Chickenfoot - Get Your Buzz On

Chickenfoot - Get Your Buzz On

2010
Shot in HD with 16 cameras over 3 sold out shows, "Chickenfoot Get Your Buzz On" gives the viewer a once in a lifetime chance to see 4 Rock and Roll legends share the stage and blow the fans away with...

2007.

1 Movie
Red Hot Chili Peppers : Live in Poland

Red Hot Chili Peppers : Live in Poland

2007
The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded live in Poland 2007. Stadion Śląski, Chorzów, Poland July 03, 2007.

2006.

3 Movies
Red Hot Chili Peppers : Live at La Cigale

Red Hot Chili Peppers : Live at La Cigale

2006
The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded live at La Cigale 2006. La Cigale, Paris, France April 20, 2006.
Red Hot Chili Peppers : Live at Fuji Rock Festival 2006

Red Hot Chili Peppers : Live at Fuji Rock Festival 2006

2006
The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded live at Fuji Rock Festival 2006. Naeba Ski Resort, Niigata, Japan July 29, 2006.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live in Milan

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Live in Milan

2006
The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded live in Milan for MTV's "Live" program. The Alcatraz, Milan, Italy April 24, 2006 HDTV Broadcast Contents: - Can't Stop - Charlie - Tell Me Baby - Dani California...

2004.

1 Movie
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live in Japan

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live in Japan

2004
„Live in Japan“ is a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert video released as unofficial DVD in 2007. The concert was recorded on their show in the International Stadium in Yokohama on July 25, 2004. It featur...

2003.

1 Movie
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live at Slane Castle

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Live at Slane Castle

10
2003
Two years after the release of their latest concert DVD, Off the Map, the Red Hot Chili Peppers released a concert video in 2003 called Live at Slane Castle. They had their second show at Slane Castle...

2001.

1 Movie
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Off the Map

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Off the Map

2001
Released in 2001, the four brothers of funk known as The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Anthony Kiedis, John Frusciante, Michael "Flea" Balzary, and Chad Smith) had this 25 song concert released. It was taped...

1999.

1 Movie
Red Hot Chili Peppers: [1999] Bizarre Festival

Red Hot Chili Peppers: [1999] Bizarre Festival

1999
Red Hot Chili Peppers at Butzweilerhof, Cologne, Germany.

1991.

1 Movie
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Funky Monks

1991
Funky Monks is the title of a 1991 documentary about the rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers and the recording of their highly successful 1991 Warner Bros album. Blood Sugar Sex Magik is a novel. Rubin is...

1990.

1 Movie
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Psychedelic Sexfunk Live from Heaven

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Psychedelic Sexfunk Live from Heaven

1990
Psychedelic Sexfunk Live from Heaven is a video album filmed in concert at Long Beach Arena, California on December 30, 1989 and released in 1990 on VHS. The video contains live, rehearsal and backsta...

1989.

1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.24
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

Unknown Year.

3 Movies
Count Me In

Count Me In

A celebration of the art of rock drumming featured some of the best drummers ever to have graced the drum kit. The viewer is taken on a uplifting journey through some of the most legendary music ever ...
Dreadtown

Dreadtown

Steel pulse emerged from the racial turbulence of 1970s Britain to become one of the world's most loved and enduring reggae bands.
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