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Chad Smith: Beyond the Red Hot Chili Peppers

By: Christopher Levine, author of "Eclectiblogs-Weekly Meanderings for Music Head Consumption" available on paperback at Lulu.com
February 20, 2012

In 1990 I saw the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Los Angeles. I saw them again in Orange County in 2000, only this time...the crowd was much, much bigger. Both times gave me the opportunity of seeing drummer Chad Smith play live. Now, one might think that a drummer in a successful band playing stadiums would just take it easy when not touring and recording. But such is not the case here. Not only is Smith also a member of the supergroup Chickenfoot- playing alongside Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Sammy Hagar-but if that wasn't enough to do he also brings his kit to Bombastic Meatbats. In fact, Bombastic Meatbats featuring Chad Smith's "More Meat!" is out and ready to take you on a ride through Musicianland. This band is made up of players that don't play...I mean, these are extended jams that bulldoze through categorization and just go for the jugular. Smith and his band of solid musicians make Bombastic Meatbats a musical carnival ride worth buying a ticket for.

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