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Chadwick Gaylord "Chad" Smith


1988- Red Hot Chili Peppers - drums, percussion  
2008- Chickenfoot - drums, percussion (as Chad Smith)  

Studio musician

2017-2018 Joe Satriani - drums (as Chad Smith)  
2020 Ozzy Osbourne - drums (as Chad Smith)  

Guest musician

2016 Tarja - drums (as Chad Smith)  

Personal information

Born on: 25.10.1961

Chad Smith (born October 25, 1961) is an American musician and actor, best known as the longtime and current drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Smith is also the drummer of the hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot which includes Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, and Michael Anthony, former Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes' backing band and his own instrumental side-project, Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats. In 2010 Smith released a children's record, Rhythm Train which he recorded with legend, Dick Van Dyke, and Leslie Bixler. In April 2010 MTV named Rhythm Train one of the best children's records of all time. In addition to Smith's bands, he also records with many other musicians including The Dixie Chicks, Kid Rock, George Clinton and Outernational.


Chad Smith was born to Curtis and Joan Smith in Richfield, Minnesota. He has two older siblings, Bradley and Pamela. He grew up in Homewood, Illinois or Flossmoor, Illinois where he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School for two years. He then moved to Oakland County in Southeast Michigan and graduated from Lahser High School. Prior to joining Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smith was in a local Detroit band called Toby Redd, playing on their second album In The Light.

Personal life

On May 8, 2004 in Hopetown, Abaco, Bahamas, Smith got married for the second time to architect Nancy Mack. They have two sons together, Cole and Beckett Cash. Smith, Mack and their boys split their time between Malibu, CA and New York. Smith has 3 other children from previous relationships; daughters Manon St. John Smith and Ava Cadoso-Smith, and son Justin Smith. Smith is a diehard Detroit Pistons fan and loves playing golf, riding motorcycles, surfing and watching Saturday Night Live. He has a striking resemblance to actor Will Ferrell and has admitted to the resemblance in various interviews.

Smith regularly contributes to the following non profit organizations: MusiCares, Surfer's Healing, an organization which provides aid to children facing Autism, Right Turn in Boston, Children's Hospitals across the United States and Camp Korey, which is one of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall summer camps for children with serious illness.


Chad's new 2011 Acrylic kit specs: 12x8 tom 14x14 floor tom 16x16 floor tom 22x16 kick drum 14×6.5 Pearl Sensitone Snare 14×6.5 Side Snare

Sabian Cymbals: 14" AA Medium Hats, 21" AA Rock Ride, 20" AA Rock Crash, 19" AA Medium Crash, 21" Vault Holy China, 10" AAX Splash

Sticks: 16" Vater Funk Blaster - Chad Smith design