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Interview:
Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer comes home with other bands
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Chad Smith is taking a break from his usual duties drumming for the Red Hot Chili Peppers for a double-dip homecoming this week.

On Tuesday, April 19, he plays in Detroit with his old band, Toby Redd, which he says is “always a riot, just a great blast from the past.” And, perhaps more importantly, two days later he’ll present the hometown debut of his band Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, which last year released its second album, “More Meat.”

“To have a second (album), I think, gives a little more credence to this,” says Smith, 49, a Lahser High School graduate who joined the Chili Peppers in 1989. “It shows that it’s not just a one-off and it’s something real and it’s going somewhere. I don’t want people to think this is just something I do to (mess) around when the Chili Peppers aren’t working.”

Smith — who’s recording new albums with both the Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot, the all-star band with Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani and former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony — says “More Meat” reflects the additional time the Bombastic Meatbats have spent together since forming in 2008 as an instrumental rock/funk/jazz fusion group. The quartet’s self-titled debut came out in 2009, and the group regularly plays at the Baked Potato jazz club in Los Angeles, where Smith now resides.

“A lot of things changed between the two albums,” says Smith, who also played on Kid Rock’s 2010 album “Born Free.” “When we made the first record, we had just met and played with the bass player, Kevin (Chown); this time we really knew him and had more of a band vibe going.

“So I think the songs (on ‘More Meat’) are better. The production’s better. There’s a little bit more variety ... a little more everything, I think, and that just comes from us playing together a little bit more and being more familiar with each other and what we can do together.”



Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats perform Thursday, April 21, at the Ritz, 24300 Hoover Road, Warren. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call 586-756-6140 or visit www.myspace.com/attheritzdetroit. Smith will also play with Toby Redd at the WRIF 40th anniversary concert with Stone Temple Pilots and Taddy Porter Wednesday, April 20, at the Fillmore Detroit. Tickets are only available via the radio station. Visit www.wrif.com.

Web Site: www.myspace.com/attheritzdetroit

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