Red Hot Chili Peppers

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Red Hot Chili Peppers Austin City Limits review

By Alex Kluft 2022 was a big year for The Red Hot Chili Peppers. They recently closed out the first weekend of Austin City Limits and will play again on the second weekend of Austin City Limits. RHCP gave their…

Modern Drummer
Oct 20, 2022

Drummer and Artist John Douglas

Talking About His Customizations and Artistic Endeavors A drummer and artist for his entire life, Douglas merged the two passions, ultimately becoming the premier drum customizer for international superstars including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, Maná, Van Halen,…

Modern Drummer
Oct 3, 2019

RHCP's Chad Smith Featured in “Sounds Of Birmingham: A Community Of Music??? Exhibit

Sounds of Birmingham: A Community of Music, at the Birmingham (Michigan) Historical Museum & Park, is a year-long exhibit that will explore Birmingham's musical heritage, past to present. Special emphasis will be given to CREEM magazine (published in Birmingham, Michigan during…

Modern Drummer
Mar 17, 2014

VIDEO - Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats With Steve Lukather Play “We All Swing the Tuna??? at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals

  Check out this video of the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith leading his band the Bombastic Meatbats at Guitar Center’s 2014 Drum-Off Finals,  held this past January 18. The band, which also consists of guitarist Jeff Kollman, keyboard…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 2014

DrumLite LED System Used by Chili Pepper Chad Smith During Super Bowl Halftime Show

While some companies pay over $3 million to place their product in front of the Super Bowl viewing audience, Minneapolis-based company DrumLite’s product was in the spotlight in a different way. This year’s Super Bowl halftime show featured Grammy-winning Bruno…

Modern Drummer
Feb 11, 2014

Guitar Center's Drum-Off Celebrates 25 Years With An All-Star Line-Up

Chad Smith, Steve Ferrone, Chris Dave, Ray Luzier and more perform live as the top 5 undiscovered drummers in the country compete for the title of Guitar Center’s Drum-Off Champion  Tickets for the January 18 finals are available now. Starting…

Modern Drummer
Dec 20, 2013

John Bonham Celebration and Tribute Video

  In remembrance of the passing of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Modern Drummer and a few friends pay special tribute to one of the greatest drummers of our time. In this clip, which was filmed backstage at the…

Modern Drummer
Sep 25, 2013

In the Studio: Seeing Sounds, Part 3: Funk (September 2013 issue) UPDATED

September 2013 In the Studio Seeing Sounds Part 3: Funk by Donny Gruendler Funk drumming is synonymous with masters like James Brown’s Clyde Stubblefield, Tower of Power’s David Garibaldi, P-Funk’s Tiki Fulwood, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith.…

Modern Drummer
Jul 31, 2013

Former Red Hot Chili Peppers/Captain Beefheart Drummer Cliff Martinez Honored by BMI

The music-rights-management company BMI will present the Richard Kirk Award for outstanding career achievement to composer Cliff Martinez at the organization’s 2013 Film & Television Awards. The annual ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 15, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel…

Modern Drummer
Apr 11, 2013

The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Joins Music-Ed Advocacy Trip To D.C.

“If there hadn’t been a music program in my public schools, I would not be where I am today.”—Chad Smith This March 19 and 20, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will join former New York Yankee and…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 2013

New Chad Smith App and Twitter Q&A

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has released a new app for Apple devices and Android, and he’ll be conducting a live Twitter Q&A session before the Chili Peppers’ show at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, this…

Modern Drummer
May 3, 2012

Preparing for Takeoff: Jack Irons on His Current Approach to Moving Solo Tracks to the Stage

Jack Irons always has a number of interesting projects happening. These days the drummer, who was a founding member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, toured and recorded a number of seminal albums with Pearl Jam, and focused many years…

Modern Drummer
Nov 4, 2011

Alex Sassaris of Eve to Adam

If drums could talk, mine would say, “Why are you hitting us so hard? Do you think you could take it easy tonight”? My response? “Sorry, boys, we gotta put on a show, we have a job to do, let’s…

Modern Drummer
Sep 21, 2011

Stephen Perkins: A Drummer's Life Less Ordinary

by Ken Micallef With several projects going at the moment–including two bands, a performance DVD, and several clinic appearances–it’s clear that no one is more committed to drumming than Stephen Perkins. An enchanted sprite flailing the drums like a demented…

Modern Drummer
Oct 15, 2006