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Lollapalooza Day 3: Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith

August 7, 2006 12:43 AM ET

After lounging in Flea's incense scented trailer for awhile (OK, it was almost two hours — rockers operate on their own schedule), we were finally ushered to our sit-down with Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. He looked back on past Lollapaloozas and told us why the Raconteurs are his favorite new band.

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