Chad Smith

252 – Chad Smith: Backstage chat in Philadelphia

After the first interview I did with Chad, he was gracious enough to invite me out to a show so we could hang in person. We were able to line it up in Philadelphia which was nostalgic for me since I’m originally form Philly and have seen many concerts at the Wells Fargo Center. Rather than covering the back-story and specific drumming topics we chat about the different vibes form city to city, why a little bit of luck goes a long way and why Chad would still be playing drums today even if he wasn’t in the Chili Peppers.

Chad Smith talks about:

  • Some of his favorite venues to play
  • Why the Detroit shows are so special for him
  • How hard work and luck go hand in hand
  • Daily show routines
  • Why he made the switch from Pearl to DW Drums
  • Much more

Resources / Links mentioned:

Chad Smith Plays:

  • DW Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Remo Drumheads
  • Vater Drumsticks

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