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17 Aug

Chad Smith Rocks DRUM! Night

The San Jose Jazz Festival included a lot more funk this year, and it was all in part to the tremendous performance of, Pearl artist and drumming extraordinaire, Chad Smith!  Headlining the 4th annual DRUM! Night- a drum festival hosted by DRUM! Magazine and the San Jose Jazz Festival- the Red Hot Chili Peppers skins-man supplied the packed house of the San Jose Repertoire Theater with an unforgettable performance of hard hitting funk/rock grooves, highly informative insight towards his approach to music and the music industry, and, of course, his typical humorous antics which always keeps the crowd entertained.  However, antics aside, the focus of the event was on Chad Smith’s incredible superiority behind the kit, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.  Armed with the laid-back attitude of, ‘I don’t really have anything planned, so I’m just going to play…’, Chad brought the crowded theater to their feet with his heavy funk grooves and rock infused backbeats, all of which were surrounded by flurries of fast and complex drum fills and Chad’s no-nonsense, highly-aggressive hard-hitting. 

Unbeknownst to anyone who hasn’t turned on a radio, television, or computer for the last 25 years, or in case you may have been living in a cave, without WiFi, Chad Smith is a pretty big deal…and not just because of his striking resemblance to a very popular comedic actor (Yes. He knows.).  Accomplishing the rare feat of bridging the gap between ‘drummer’ and ‘household name’, Chad Smith has ascended this remarkable plateau primarily for his work with the 7-time Grammy Award Winning, multi-multi-platinum album selling rock sensation, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who have spent the majority of their career at the top of the music charts and tagged with the “must see” headline.  Having joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Pearl Drums Artist Roster back in 1988, Chad Smith has practically made the three names synonymous with one another, always coming up with unique and sometimes just flat-out crazy ideas for his latest and greatest Pearl kit, constantly attempting to up-the-ante from the previous drum set he toured the world with. 

For the 2013 DRUM! Night, Chad Smith had the opportunity to play behind a gorgeous Reference Pure drum set, finished in the show-stealing Scarlet Sparkle Burst (377).  The Reference Pure Series is the thin-shelled version of its original counterpart, the highly innovative and award winning Reference Series.  Like with the Reference Series, each drum in the Reference Pure line is built with individual characteristics that are specifically designed to give the drum the best possible tone- as described in The Reference Series Recipe- but with thinner plies, Pearl’s new Fat Tone Hoops, and other differences that gives the Reference Pure a more open and resonant tone.  For Chad and his 1-up-2-down setup, the maple and mahogany found in his rack tom, floor toms, and massive 24x18 bass drum emit the warm, deep, and thunderous tones that Chad requires to achieve that signature Red Hot Chili Peppers sound.  Chad’s specs for the 2013 DRUM! Night are as follow:

Reference Pure:
Scarlet Sparkle Burst (377)

24x18 bass drum
12x9 tom
14x14 floor tom
16x16 floor tom
14x5 Reference Brass snare drum
14x5 Reference Pure snare drum

Chad Smith and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are winding down their most recent tour cycle, having spent that last 2 years traveling the world in support of their Grammy Nominated 2011 release, I’m With You.  But, to keep up with Chad and the band’s sporadic whereabouts during their downtime, please be sure to visit their official website,  Also be sure to check out the short clip of Chad Smith’s clinic at the 2013 DRUM! Night, which can be found below.