Man.I had the opportunity to see him play at the RHCP gig in Istanbul.I was a big fan,but now a bigger fan.He just plays with feel,i have been practicing his funky drumming and feel for 1.5 years,and i am so glad to see that i can play almost the exact ghost notes,rhythms in the exact speed.I can jam with Flea's solos.I love playing drums.That's all because of Chad Smith.If i could meet him some day,i would tell a huge thanks to him.That's for sure...
Chad's in this new documentary film Ferocious Drummers. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ferocious-Drummers-The-Documentary/464315123603334 A bunch of guys are!I saw Chickenfoot last Monday in Beantown and Chad rocked that kit! He throw out a ton of live energy and kicked some major booty.
True, it wasn't a drum clinic on display, and no drum solo either. But overall I give Chad's output two thumbs up.
He also threw out about 100 drumsticks into the audience. I don't think I'm exaggerating, either. Some songs he was throwing a stick every measure! All without missing the groove.
I just hope I can d/l a boot of that show somewhere!
I think Chad is amazing, his groove is rock-solid, he has a really deep pocket and the guy plays so musically. He's my biggest inspiration as well. I grew up on RHCP, and I learned to play the drums along to Blood Sugar Sex Magic.
He's is no technical master, but do not underestimate his skills, his single stroke roll is super fast. He's got a wicked right foot technique too.
Next to that, he's such a nice guy. Even with his high profile, he maintains a down-to-earth image and personality ... I've met him on a few occasions, and he will sign every autograph until every fan is satisfied, even if it takes him 2 or more hours.
Well, he's a rock drummer. He's done lots of good things with RHCP, laid down tons of nice grooves, and his foot technique seems pretty cool. Overall, I think of him in the same light as Peart, Barker, Keith Moon (go ahead and hate me for that one) and others, who fit well in the context of the mega-popular bands they're in. Like them, he doesn't really blow me away as much as guys like Weckl, Vinnie, Gadd, and of course tons of jazz drummers and the like. But he's good at what he does. Plus, he seems like a funny guy.