Чад Смит рассказал о любви к музыке и его родному городу

Автор: admin | RHCP 2011 | 05 Дек 2011

Чад Смит взял небольшой перерыв в рамках гастрольного тура в поддержку десятого по счету альбома «I’m With You» группы RHCP для того, чтобы посетить ресторан «Дом охотника», расположенный в родном его городе, расположенном в штате Мичиган. Произошло это в субботу, 26 ноября 2011.
Известный барабанщик не менее известной группы вел себя достаточно весело, шутил с музыкантами и барменами, давал интервью представителям местных телеканалов и раздавал автографы. Кроме того, ему собственноручно удалось приготовить гриль и угостить им гостей ресторана. А с представителями СМИ он поделился своими мыслями о том, почему он без ума от музыки и от родного городка Блумфилд-Хиллз.
Также Чад заявил, что он является поклонником ЗОЖ и старается беречь свой организм и не употребляет алкогольные и наркотические вещества.
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Chad Smith and Jimmy Page playing together and whipping out some Jimi Hendrix tunes — how perfect does that sound?

Chad Smith, the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, said it’s on his bucket list to jam with the legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist.

“I would like to perform or write music with Jimmy Page,” said Smith. “I’ve met him and he’s come to see us — and he’s a great guy. We actually have the same manager and Led Zeppelin is no longer and I know he’s still playing. C’mon Jimmy, what do you say, just one hour!”

Smith, who grew up in Bloomfield Hills, sat down at the Hunter House last Saturday for an extensive interview with Jordan Broder, producer of the Concert Prodigy series for Bloomfield Community TV.

The two talked about music, growing up in Detroit — and more music. It’s a passion they both share as Broder, 25, is an accomplished musician in his own right.

“He’s a perfect example of someone who was a concert prodigy,” said Broder. “He’s self-taught and he’s someone who catches your attention the minute he walks into the room.

“Talent alone is not enough to make it in this industry. You have to that special something, that confidence — and Chad Smith definitely has it.”

Ironically, it was Chad’s mother, Joan Smith, who connected the two musicians. She had seen Broder perform several times in the area, the two talked about the show and she convinced her famous son to participate in an interview.


“It’s always good to have props,” said Smith, who then pulled out an empty tub of ice cream and two Lincoln Logs. He started playing at age 7.

“This is actually my first drum set, so I got really good, really quick,” he said, banging on the top and sides of the tub. “Only the finest of equipment …”

Smith, who turned 50 in October, said he practiced daily by putting on headphones and playing along with Hendrix, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Queen and other musicians. He also played in a true garage band with his older brother Brad.

“Mom would say she’s going out shopping and that now would be a good time to practice,” he said, half-joking.

Along with playing music, Smith was a big concert goer — and Detroit in the ’70s was one of the top markets for rock musicians. One of his first concerts he attended was a 1975 Kiss show at Cobo Hall.

After graduating from Lahser High School in 1980, Smith spent the next several years playing in the local Detroit clubs. He then moved to California and joined the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988.


Even after selling more than 70 million albums with the band, Smith said he’s still humbled and a bit in awe every time he performs before a live audience.

“I want to do the best I possibly can do that night for those people,” he said. “We’re really fortunate to be able to do what we do and have people who want to see us. I’ll never take that for granted, whether it’s the Sheffield Arena or Dick O’Dow’s right down the street.”

When he’s in town, Smith has been known to show up unannounced at the Irish pub in downtown Birmingham for an impromptu jam session.

Broder’s younger brother, David, sat in for the interview. Chad’s mom also sat nearby and listened in on the interview.

“I’m learning more about my son than I ever have,” she said, smiling. “He’s in his element right now.”

The Hunter House itself proved the perfect location for a hometown rock star interview. The grills were sizzling with lip smacking onion-topped sliders, a row of customers sat along the counter, eating and drinking, and here’s Chad holding a bottle of ketchup to the camera.

“Whatever you do, you want to be the best,” he said. “Whether it’s being the best car mechanic, being the best architect … or making the best ketchup bottle.”

Smith himself seemed in a great mood, joking around with the customers and staff. When Hunter House owner Susan Cobb gave him four birthday sliders, each one with a candle, he gave one to his mom and gulped down the other three.

Chad’s Love for Hunter House Hamburgers

While at the Hunter House restaurant, Chad Smith flat out declared the diner’s legendary sliders are the best in the world!
“I grew up in this area for 38 of my years,” said Smith, 50, a Lahser High School graduate. “My mom still lives here and I come to visit her as often as possible … but when I was a kid I used to ride my bike from Telegraph Road and I would come here to the Hunter House for their hamburgers …”

“That’s a long ride,” someone in the restaurant observed.

“It is a long ride,” Chad agreed. “But these hamburgers, they’re just incredible. There’s a secret ingredient in the Hunter House hamburgers — I don’t know what they do.

“And I’ve traveled quite a bit. I do get around and I like my hamburgers. Nothing beats Hunter House — no doubt, hands down, the finest hamburger in the world.”

Smith also spoke of his pride for this area.

“Detroit is my home and will always be my home,” he said. “I live in California now — but I have such an affinity for this place. Often when I travel people will ask me how I got started, and it feels so grateful and fortunate to say I’m from Detroit because there’s such a rich musical history here.”

He then popped off a ‘Who’s Who’ of Detroit artists, from Smokey Robinson to Alice Cooper, Diana Ross and Iggy Pop, Mitch Ryder and Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops and Bob Seger, Eminem and Kid Rock — the beat goes on.

“The more committed you were about your music, the more the Detroit people appreciated it. I’m lucky to be a part of it.”

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