There’s two new interviews with Chickenfoot’s drummer, Chad Smith. Below are excerpts from both of them, and links to both full interviews:
Here’s an excerpt:
Boston Herald: You seem like you exist in a different universe from the ex-Van Halen crew, how’d you meet these guys?
Chad Smith: We hooked up through eHarmony. Or was it Match.com? Our profiles just clicked, “Male, digs late-’60s and ’70s hard rock, likes to get drunk.” No, I met Sam in Mexico when I was on vacation. You know, he’s like the mayor down there in Cabo. So I stopped into his place and next thing I know he’s like, “Let’s jam!” He’s like Mr. Energizer Bunny, he just goes and goes.
And, from Boston.com:
Four legends: Veteran rock gods crank it up in a new direction
Here’s an excerpt:
Although the band could sell out much larger venues, Chickenfoot decided to road test the music on a club tour, which stops at the Middle East Downstairs – which, with a capacity of 575, is the smallest venue on the tour, according to Smith – next Tuesday. The show is sold out.
“We don’t want to come off like, ‘Oh yeah, we’ll go play this sports arena,’ ” says Smith, who, at 47, is the youngest member of the group. (Satriani’s 52, Anthony 54, and Hagar 61.) “We’re playing all of our own music. We’re not playing Van Halen, Chili Peppers, Joe, nothing. This is a whole separate thing, and it has to fly on its own merit, so we’re taking it to the street like a new band.”
Chickenfoot will play larger venues in late summer, but for now, Smith is enjoying the rush of the new at the small gigs. “I haven’t felt that in a long time,” he says.
One thing Chickenfoot won’t be doing is worrying about whether this project makes any money.
“We’re all very rich, especially if Joe wins that Coldplay lawsuit and gets some of that Gwyneth Paltrow money,” Smith says with another laugh. “Sammy’s [expletive] loaded. It’s so funny, we’re on tour and we’re playing 600-seat clubs and we’re staying at the Four Seasons and flying on a private plane. It’s definitely clearly for the music. No one has anything to prove. Why would you want to do this when you could just kick it? It’s because we’re really digging the music and having a good time.”