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Chickenfoot's Chad Smith No Chicken As He Braves A Hurricane and 70-Year-Old Airplane Pilot To Play Show


08/25/2009
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(MusicRadar) Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot, collapses into a sofa backstage at The House Of Blues in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 'The Foot,' as he calls the supergroup he's a part of, are due on stage in 20 minutes, and he's only now arrived - barely.

Smith had planned on being at the venue hours prior, but Hurricane Bill's crushing winds kept two planes grounded, forcing him to charter a two-seater ("I got a 70-year-old pilot to fly me, and he was awesome!") to transport him from his Montauk, Long Island home to tonight's show. "I have two hands and two feet," Smith says, ripping open a bag of beef jerky, "but sometimes I feel like I need three of me to be in all the bands I'm in. Not that I'm complaining."

In addition to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chickenfoot, Smith is also a member of The Bombastic Meatbats, or Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats to be precise ("I didn't choose that name," he insists. "A promoter in Japan came up with it and it stuck"), a loose, funk-rock collective who are issuing their debut album, Meet The Meatbats, 15 September. - more from Chad about that group, Chickenfoot and the Chili Peppers



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