1. Will Ferrell & RHCP’s Chad Smith Drum-Off On ‘Fallon’ (Watch)

    May 23, 2014 5:17 AM EDT Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith delved deep into their bags of tricks for the well-hyped “greatest drummer” face-off on the “Tonight Show.” Ferrell and his counterpart turned up looking freakishly similar in Kiss “Destroyer” shir ...

  2. Chad Smith Talks New Chili Peppers Album: 'We're Always Trying to Change and Grow'

    May 14, 2014 4:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Red Hot Chili Peppers are early in the recording process for their follow-up to 2011's "I'm With You,"which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and hit No. 1 in 18 countries, including the U.K., Mexico, Ireland, Italy and Br ...

  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith Auctioning Super Bowl Drumsets

    February 05, 2014 8:42 PM EST 0 0 0 Now you can own a piece of Super Bowl 2014 history -- one that actually might have a little wear and tear to it. According to NFL.com ( via Rolling Stone ), Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is auctioning off the drumset he used during the ba ...

  4. Flea Defends Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Unplugged' Super Bowl Performance

    February 04, 2014 7:26 PM EST Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has responded to reports that he and his bandmates' instruments were not plugged in during their Super Bowl performance with Bruno Mars last Sunday. In a post on the band's website , Flea noted that the ...

  5. Chad Smith on Chili Peppers Super Bowl Gig, New Album, 'Mother's Milk' Anniversary

    January 29, 2014 3:35 PM EST 0 0 0 No, they're not playing a Led Zeppelin song with Bruno Mars (They'll play an original)... Yes, the band is "gearing up to start writing" its 11th studio album Despite published reports, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will NOT be playi ...

  6. Chart Moves: Elton John's Top Five Feat, Nirvana's 'In Utero' Returns, 'Jon Stewart' Sends Atoms Flying

    October 04, 2013 9:07 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake led a party of debuts in the top 10, as his "Nothing Was the Same" started with 658,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. His launch marked the second-largest sales week of ...

  7. Black Sabbath Drummer Drama Left Ozzy Osbourne 'Pissed Off'

    June 17, 2013 3:15 PM EDT Lead singer wanted his drummer, Tommy Clufetos, to replace Bill Ward on new album. Rick Rubin gave the job to Brad Wilk instead The drummer issues on Black Sabbath's new album, "13," apparently ran deeper than co-founder Bill Ward ...

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  9. Watch The Avett Brothers' Live Acoustic Tastemakers Session

    November 01, 2012 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Watch the band's exclusive three-song Billboard Tastemakers performance of tunes from "The Carpenter," plus a Q&A. Photos: The Avett Brothers' Tastemakers Session The Avett Brothers say the two keys to making recent album &qu ...

  10. Austin City Limits 2012: Chili Peppers 'Mess With Texas,' Avett Bros Rock Sunday

    October 15, 2012 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 A weekend of mud, sweat and beer came to a close Sunday with a nearly two-hour headlining set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers at Austin City Limits 2012. "We came here specifically to mess with Texas," frontman Anthony Kiedis told the Austin ...

  11. A Second Life For Classical

    October 15, 2012 7:51 AM EDT A new, young audience finds inspiration in the multifaceted world of classical music. By the time of the final act of "Dog Days," a post-apocalyptic new opera composed by former rock drummer David T. Little, there is minimal food and n ...

  12. Backbeat: Led Zeppelin Movie Premiere, Afterparty Bring in Rock and Music-Biz Royalty

    October 11, 2012 4:30 PM EDT From left: John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and original drummer John Bonham's son Jason arrive for the press conference for the release of their new concert film Celebration Day . (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)   On Tuesday nigh ...

  13. The Avett Brothers Gain Rick Rubin's Trust on 'The Carpenter'

    September 06, 2012 4:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "We felt like ['I and Love and You'] was boot camp, and with this record Rick was like, 'Do your own thing,'" says Seth Avett. After feeling "a little bit out of our element, a little unfamiliar with the territory& ...

  14. The Beat: The J Devil & Jonathan Davis, Cee Lo Delays "Loberace"

    July 20, 2012 4:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's time for "The Beat," Billboard.com's daily music news show, featuring host Jonathan Brooks running down the latest music news -- who's making headlines and who's topping the charts -- all from the streets of Venice ...

  15. The Beat 7/20: The J Devil & Jonathan Davis, Cee Lo's  “Loberace” Postponed

    The Beat 7/20: The J Devil & Jonathan Davis, Cee Lo's  “Loberace” Postponed

    July 20, 2012 4:31 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Beat 7/20: The J Devil Made Jonathan Davis do it,  “Loberace” postponed. jonathan brooks , J Devil , featuredVideo2 , Billboard , Chad Smith , The Voice , glee , cee lo green , Bombastic Meatbats , Red Hot Chili Peppers Videos Jonathan Davis Bil ...

  16. RHCP's Chad Smith Explores Improvisation, Silly Titles with Side Project

    July 18, 2012 5:50 PM EDT 0 0 0 For Chad Smith, the best part of having an all-instrumental band -- in this case, his Bombastic Meatbats -- is coming up with song titles such as "Oops, I Spilled My Beer," "Pig's Feat," "Lobster Legs" and "In ...

  17. Red Hot Chili Peppers to Release 9 New Singles

    July 13, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The Red Hot Chili Peppers are about to lay a bunch of new music on their fans. Starting next month, the group will release nine singles, each with two songs, as digital downloads and seven-inch vinyl pressings. "Strange Man"/"Long P ...

  18. Red Hot Chili Peppers on Singles Surge: 'They Need to Come Out'

    July 12, 2012 6:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Red Hot Chili Peppers are about to lay a bunch of new music on their fans. Starting next month, the group will release nine singles, each with two songs, as digital downloads and seven-inch vinyl pressings. "Strange Man"/"Long Pro ...

  19. Red Hot Chili Peppers Turn Detroit Concert Into Nicklas Lidstrom Night

    June 04, 2012 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Red Hot Chili Peppers turned their weekend concert in Detroit into a tribute to a National Hockey League legend. At the end of Friday's [June 1] show at Joe Louis Arena, drummer Chad Smith -- who was raised in suburban Detroit and sported a ...

  20. Sammy Hagar Planning a 'Four Decades of Rock' Show for September

    May 11, 2012 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Though touring with Chickenfoot is taking up some of his time, Sammy Hagar has deemed 2012 "an experimental year" as he tries out some other live performing concepts he may pursue next year. "I want to do more than just go play an are ...

  21. Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    April 15, 2012 10:29 AM EDT (Getty Images) Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the ...

  22. Rock Hall Inducts Guns N' Roses, Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys

    April 15, 2012 8:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Some of the key figures weren't there, but those who were present at the 27th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday night delivered a heartfelt and epic celebration -- much to the delight of both the high rollers at t ...

  23. Rock Hall of Fame Pre-Parties Light Up Cleveland: Bowling With Red Hot Chili Peppers; Old-School Jam

    April 14, 2012 12:20 PM EDT Cleveland rocked on Friday night with private parties and public performances as the city geared up for its third Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Eric B. & Rakim, Guns N' Roses, The Cure, Joan Jett Nominated for Rock and Ro ...

  24. John Frusciante Won't Attend Rock Hall Induction of Chili Peppers

    March 06, 2012 1:30 PM EST 0 0 0 But Jack Irons Will Be There, Says Chad Smith, Who Also Talks Anthony Kiedis' Recovery & the Band's 'Bright' Future The Red Hot Chili Peppers ' unexpected tour break to let frontman Anthony Kiedis undergo and recover fro ...

  25. Grammys Spawn Record Levels of 'Social TV' Activity, Led By Adele, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson

    February 13, 2012 3:31 PM EST Not only did people tune into Sunday night Grammys telecast, they created a record number of social media comments about the event. The telecast, as well as the 3 hours preceding and following the telecast, generated 13.0 million comments from U.S ...

  26. Take a 'Look' at the Red Hot Chili Peppers Video Made Before Kiedis' Foot Injury

    January 25, 2012 1:45 PM EST 0 0 0 Ever wanted to take a "Look Around" the Red Hot Chili Peppers members' apartments? Well, their new video might give you a little indication to what their personal lives are like. Or maybe it's just a ridiculous video showing the ...

  27. J. Cole Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Blink-182 Snags No. 2

    October 05, 2011 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Just one week after we saw 85-year old Tony Bennett grab his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with "Duets II," another artist nets his first No. 1 -- but he's a little younger. Rapper J. Cole, 26, bows in the No. 1 slot wi ...

  28. Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'I'm With You': Track-By-Track Review

    August 30, 2011 11:25 AM EDT 0 0 0 In a nearly 30-year career, Los Angeles poster boys Red Hot Chili Peppers have been christened punk-funk pioneers, genre-bridging party-starters, intricate virtuosos, stadium-ready rockers, introspective balladeers and sunny elder statesmen of rock. ...

  29. Sammy Hagar: Chickenfoot Is No Joke (But Van Halen Is)

    August 23, 2011 2:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sammy Hagar says he didn't exactly plan to record and release the all-star Chickenfoot 's second album this year. "The reason Chickenfoot had to go in was because of Chad," Hagar tells Billboard.com, meaning drummer Chad Smith, w ...

  30. Red Hot Chili Peppers: 2011 Album Preview

    January 21, 2011 3:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Red Hot Chili Peppers Title TBD Date TBD After a hiatus, and the departure of guitarist John Frusciante, the Chili Peppers are back with their 10th studio album. Rick Rubin once again mans the boards, and drummer Chad Smith reportedly mentioned &quo ...

  31. Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Halfway Through' Next Album, Says Drummer

    October 26, 2010 12:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chad Smith is happy to be releasing a sophomore album by his instrumental band the Bombastic Meatbats, even if his "day job" in the Red Hot Chili Peppers and his other moonlighting gig in Chickenfoot make it hard to squeeze in time for eve ...

  32. Joe Satriani Finds Shining Moments on 'Black Swans'

    September 26, 2010 7:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 J oe Satriani says that, as with most of his solo albums, he was "surrounded with anxiety" as he started making "Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards," which comes out Oct. 5. "I start every project wondering if it's all go ...

  33. Sammy Hagar on Sharing Chickenfoot Drummer with Chili Peppers, Autobiography

    August 30, 2010 2:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Chickenfoot is four songs and "seven pieces of new music" into its second album, according to frontman Sammy Hagar . But he acknowledges there's some concern about keeping that not-so-old gang of theirs together. The challenge is drum ...

  34. Billboard Bits: Perez Hilton, Ron Asheton, Arcade Fire, 'Glee' And More

    January 14, 2010 3:58 PM EST 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip every afternoon. The first 'Glee' cast member to sign a solo record dea l is officially Matthew Morrison, who plays the glee club director Will Schuester on the ...

  35. Chickenfoot Video Q&A

    September 30, 2009 11:06 AM EDT 0 0 0 "It was a joke name when we started, Chad, Michael, and I" Chickenfoot frontman Sammy Hagar says of his newish supergroup with guitarist Joe Satriani , former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith i ...

  36. Listen: Brandi Carlile "Ghost" Album Debut

    September 29, 2009 12:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile won't release "Give Up the Ghost" until Oct. 6, but Billboard.com has the exclusive premiere of the whole album now. Listen to "Give Up The Ghost" in its entirety, free right here. "Ghos ...

  37. Kiss, Genesis, Chili Peppers Among Nominees For Rock Hall Of Fame

    September 23, 2009 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 KISS , the Red Hot Chili Peppers , Genesis , the Hollies , LL Cool J and Jimmy Cliff are first-time nominees among a dozen finalists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to a list released this morning by the Rock and Roll Ha ...

  38. Coldplay, Satriani Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed

    September 15, 2009 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 Guitar hero Joe Satriani and British pop-rock band Coldplay have settled their legal entanglements and the guitarist's lawsuit alleging copyright infringement has been dismissed, Satriani's representative confirmed to Billboard today. Whil ...

  39. Brandi Carlile Taps Elton John, Chad Smith For New Album

    September 15, 2009 11:44 AM EDT 0 0 0 Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile 's third album, "Give Up the Ghost," is a dream -- or dreams -- come true, in more ways than one. The songs themselves, Carlile tells Billboard.com, were inspired by "really vivid, poignant dreams ...

  40. Red Hot Chili Peppers Reuniting In October

    July 31, 2009 9:04 AM EDT 0 0 0 With another Chickenfoot tour and the first release of his instrumental side band Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats looming, the drummer has October circled on his calendar for the Red Hot Chili Peppers ' return to active duty. "That� ...

  41. Red Hot Chili Peppers To Reunite In October

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With another Chickenfoot tour and the first release of his instrumental side band Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats looming, the drummer has October circled on his calendar for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' return to active duty. "That&# ...

  42. Chart Beat: Dave Matthews Band, Elvis Costello, Vanessa Williams

    June 11, 2009 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 ALL HAIL THE 'KING' : Dave Matthews Band takes a hearty swig of the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth No. 1 with "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King." The album marks the act's 22nd Billboard 200 entry (including Matthews&# ...

  43. Dave Matthews' 'Big' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    June 10, 2009 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dave Matthews Band strikes again with its fifth-consecutive studio album to debut at No. 1 as "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" bows in the penthouse of the Billboard 200 with a whopping 424,000. Better still, it's the fifth-straigh ...

  44. Sammy Hagar Stimulated By Chickenfoot

    May 26, 2009 12:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 Tired of the tequila-friendly party shows that he's been performing for the last 13 years with his post-Van Halen solo band The Waboritas, Sammy Hagar tells Billboard.com his decision to form Chickenfoot with guitarist Joe Satriani, former Van ...

  45. Iggy Pop, Ron Wood Sign On For Benefit Concert

    April 08, 2009 9:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 Punk rock icon Iggy Pop and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, no strangers to drug and alcohol abuse, will perform at a fundraiser in Los Angeles next month for musicians struggling with their addictions. Pop, who turns 62 this month, will be a ...

  46. Flea, Johnny Marr On New Frusciante Album

    November 12, 2008 11:55 AM EST 0 0 0 Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests on Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante's new album, "The Empyrean," due Jan. 20 via Record Collection. The Sonus Quartet and the New Dimension Singers also make a ...

  47. Flea, Johnny Marr On New Frusciante Album

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests on Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante's new album, "The Empyrean," due Jan. 20 via Record Collection. Guitarist Johnny Marr and bassist Flea are among the guests ...

  48. Satriani, Hagar, Anthony, Smith Hit The Studio

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After playing together live for the first time last February during a solo Sammy Hagar concert in Las Vegas, a new group featuring the ex-Van Halen vocalist, bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Sat After playing together live for the first time l ...

  49. Smith Keeps Rocking During Chili Peppers Break

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With his regular band and at least four side projects, Chad Smith is making his case as the hardest working man -- or at least drummer -- in show biz these days. With his regular band and at least four side projects, Chad Smith is making his case as ...

  50. At 60, Hagar Still Ready To Rock

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Although he was laid up recovering on the day after his 60th anniversary bash on Oct. 13 at his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Mexico, Sammy Hagar's advanced age has not slowed the Red Rocker in the slightest. Although he was laid up recovering on the da ...

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