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RHCP's Chad Smith Answers Your Twitter Questions

December 11, 2014

Although Red Hot Chili Peppers member Chad Smith and his doppelgänger Will Ferrell may have spent much of 2014 trying to prove how different they are from one another, with their hilarious competition on The Tonight Show, the drummer does have something...

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Flea on Jazz, Drugs and His Role in 'Low Down'

November 6, 2014

When Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea began preparing for his role in the movie Low Down, a rough-hewn biopic about jazz pianist and onetime Charlie Parker and Miles Davis accompanist Joe Albany, it came easily to him. In his growing-up years, he had...

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Flea Promises 'Introspective,' 'Super Danceable' New RHCP LP

October 21, 2014

When Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded their last record, 2011's I'm With You, it was a different experience for the group. "We had a new guitar player [Josh Klinghoffer] and it was a real feeling-out process with each other," Flea tells Rolling Stone. "We...

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Stone Gossard, Chad Smith Talk Side Projects, Early Grunge

August 28, 2014

What happens when a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer chats with one of the greatest guitarists of his generation? An hour-long riveting, informative conversation that spans everything from influences to environmental issues to side projects to...

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Ringo Starr Taps Friends for Drum Video

July 8, 2014

Ringo Starr hops behind the kit in a new star-studded commercial for John Varvatos' fall/winter line and the Beatles drummer's Peace and Love Fund. In the clip, Starr recalls the origins of his love affair with the drums, tapping a handful of friends,...

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RHCP Surprise Will Ferrell, Chad Smith Drum-Off

May 23, 2014

Last week, Will Ferrell told Rolling Stone that his feud with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith "could become the beginning of a rivalry that will go on until the end of time." It appears that competition ended Thursday night on The Tonight...

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Chad Smith, Will Ferrell Talk 'Fallon' Drum-Off

May 16, 2014

After months of speculation, competitive jabs and mistaken identities, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Will Ferrell have agreed to participate in a drum battle on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, May 22nd. Fallon announced...

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Flea Supergroup Shares Prog-Punk Rager

April 10, 2014

Antemasque, the group that Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and former members of the Mars Volta have formed, have shared another galloping, prog-punk song, "Hangin' in the Lurch." The band members have a long history with one another – Flea played...

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Flea to Chronicle Drugs, 'Bohemian Life' in New Memoir

April 2, 2014

Michael "Flea" Balzary, one of the music's preeminent bassists, is ready to tell his self-described "epic" tale of hard drugs, bohemia and funk-rock glory. Grand Central Publishing, a division of the Hachette Book Group, has acquired the rights to the...

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Meet the Disney Character Voiced by Flea

March 5, 2014

Although Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has provided backing vocals on all of the group's albums, he has stepped up to the mic for lead vocals only on One Hot Minute's "Pea." Now the Aussie-born four-stringer is lending his immaculate golden vocal...

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Will Ferrell Accepts Chad Smith's Drum Challenge

February 10, 2014

Will Ferrell has accepted Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer/Ferrell doppelganger Chad Smith's "drum battle" for charity. See Where Will Ferrell Ranks on Our 50 Funniest People Now List In a video posted last week via Funny or Die, Smith called out his lookalike...

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Katy Perry Booked for Super Bowl Halftime Show

October 10, 2014

Cue the "Firework"s: Katy Perry has officially signed on to perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl XLIX on February 1st, Billboard reports. The multi-platinum pop star had been in the running alongside Rihanna and Coldplay,...

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NFL Asks Musicians for Money to Play Super Bowl

August 19, 2014

The NFL reportedly asked Katy Perry, Rihanna and Coldplay, their top choices to play the 2015 Super Bowl Halftime Show, if they would be willing to pay the league in order to secure one of the biggest gigs in the world, according to The Wall...

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The Palm Squad: 15 Years of Coachella

June 18, 2014

Ever since 1999, countless music fans have trekked to the desert of Indio, California, in search of good tunes, good vibes, and the least offensive Port A Potty experience possible. And while hundreds of bands have played the Coachella Valley Music and...

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Barack Obama Surprises White House Talent Show

May 22, 2014

Michelle Obama enlisted some big names to assist her in the White House's first talent show, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Alfre Woodard, Trombone Shorty and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, but it was a surprise guest who upstaged them all. Chili...

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Watch a '90s Alt-Rock Vocal Hook Supercut

May 6, 2014

As the Nineties nostalgia train rolls on in a super fuzzed haze of flannel shirts, shaggy hair and guitars blasted through Big Muff pedals, the fine folks over at CBC Music have compiled a supercut of one of alternative nation's trademark musical tics:...

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Former Mars Volta Members Form New Group

April 9, 2014

UPDATE: Antemasque announced that their eponymous debut album will be released on November 10th. Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has teamed with Mars Volta nucleus Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala and mid-era Mars Volta...

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John Frusciante Sends New LP Into Space

March 31, 2014

Some artists launch their new album with a quirky viral campaign or music video. Former Chili Pepper John Frusciante has taken a more literal approach – by legitimately launching his new LP, ENCLOSURE, into space. On Saturday, March 29th, at a "remote...

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Stream Frusciante, Rodriguez-Lopez's Debut EP

March 4, 2014

Kimono Kult, the new supergroup featuring former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante and former Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López, is offering their debut four-track EP, Hiding in the Light, to stream over on Consequence...

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Chili Peppers' Chad Smith to Will Ferrell: 'Stop Impersonating Me'

February 7, 2014

Much has been made of the similarities between Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. When someone brought up the resemblance to the actor in a Reddit AMA earlier this week, Ferrell replied, "A lot of people think that it's...

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