Will Ferrell, Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Planning New Music and Comedy Show
Chad Smith recently revealed details about the Red Hot Chili Peppers' forthcoming 11th studio album and promised a "new method" during the creation process, but the drummer also let another important detail slip: He's planning a television show with doppelganger Will Ferrell.
In case you already forgot about the pair's epic Tonight Show drum-off this summer: Smith and Ferrell finally teamed up on-screen to do battle after years of people noting their physical similarities, with Ferrell eventually "winning" thanks to an old Saturday Night Live trick.
So, about this new project:
"I can't really expound upon details, but we have been talking about doing something next year that will combine music and comedy -- a show," Smith told Rolling Stone. "It will benefit the charities that we're into. Plus, I think I need to redeem myself from how I was robbed of the Golden Cowbell. I don't want to burst any bubbles, but he wasn't even playing the drums, people! Shenanigans! Call the cops, I've been robbed! Yeah, so, it's not over."
He also addressed the Internet movement that wants to see him and Ferrell take on Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.
"We got such a kick out of saying we'd battle Lars, who obviously looks nothing like us -- this small Danish man," Smith said. "We're like, 'Yeah, that guy really looks like us.' Yeah, Lars.' All the Metallica fans were like, 'Lars will drum circles around you guys.' And I think Lars' response was really great. He took it and was really fun about it. I don't know. We'll figure it out. We're open to any and everything and anyone that wants to step forward."
Of course, plenty of the conversation revolved around RHCP's next album, which Smith described as "shaping up good."
"We've done the 'guys get in the room and jam out songs, everybody playing together all at once' thing," he said. "And we wrote a bunch of songs that way. And we're now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band."
This to-be-announced project will follow 2011's I'm With You, which dropped after a five-year layoff, the band's longest ever. Here's hoping it doesn't take until 2016 for the current lineup -- Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Smith and relative newcomer Josh Klinghoffer -- to crank out this LP.
In the meantime, you can check out their most recent single, 2012's "Brendan's Death Song."