Last night, it finally went down. The ultimate showdown behind the kit took place on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Fallon himself as judge. After months of speculation, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and actor Will Ferrell finally determined who was the better drummer once and for all. After trading drum solos back and forth, Farrell realized his imminent defeat. So grab his cowbell from his famous SNL skit, and proceeded to hammer away. Smith joined in on the drums, and the rest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers took to the stage for an impromptu cover of Blue Öyster Cult‘s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”. Later in the show, Red Hot Chili Peppers returned to perform another cover, Funkadelic‘s “Standing on The Verge of Getting It On” with the Roots, as well as their own classic “Give It Away Now”.
For years, people have been saying that Smith and Ferrell are lookalikes, twins, doppelgangers, etc. And if you’ve seen this two handsome gents side-by-side, you know it’s true as well. It all started back in February with all the hype surrounding the Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Halftime performance. This time, something was finally said. Just after the Super Bowl, Will Ferrell took to his FunnyorDie.com website to address the issue in a bold statement. “It has been acknowledged many times that myself and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, share a resemblance to each other,” Ferrell said. “A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith.”
Astonished by the statement that Ferrell is Chad Smith, Smith himself responded. “It’s Chad…stop impersonating me! Fact: I need you. Drum battle, me and you. I’ve seen your skills. You don’t got ’em. Let’s go. Golden cowbell, winner – boom!” Smith also went on to say, “I have to comment that I think Mr. Ferrell is a delusional imposter. It seems to me that he has gone off his meds and he needs to seek professional help because I am obviously more talented and handsome than he is. You know, his cowbell work is well-documented, but his drumset skills are nominal based in Step Brothers the film. Other than wiping his testicles on the drums, which of course I give high marks to.” Ferrell responded, “Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call. Also, would you rather fight a hundred duck sized ducks or one horse sized horse?” Challenge accepted. Since then, the dynamic duo hit their goal of $300,000 for Cancer For College, as well as Little Kids Rock
Red Hot Chili Peppers were one of the top-grossing touring artists in 2012. It was a banner year for the Red Hot Chili Peppers as well, who were touring off their 2011 release, I’m With You, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The band mounted a monster 77-show run, with which they hauled in almost $58 million. Together for over 20 years, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been one of the most successful and inventive rock bands in history. With over 60 million albums sold worldwide, the band has 5 multi-platinum albums. Both Californication and Blood Sugar Sex Magik were ranked in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All-Time.” Throughout their illustrious career, the band has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, and they were inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012. Back in September 2013, Red Hot Chili Peppers began writing music for their next album. On February 2, the band rocked out at the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show. – by Matt Bishop