The stickman for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chad Smith, treated 17 lucky pub-going Australians to an impromptu performance.
Smith was at Melbourne’s Cherry Bar earlier this week, and it just so happened to be the bar’s open mic night. Chad decided to hop on stage with a couple of local musicians and play two AC/DC songs ‘If You Want Blood’ and ‘Up to My Neck’.
“Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is a legend,” Cherry Bar said in a Facebook post. “Last night at Cherry in front of 17 punters he got up and played drums at our Cherry Jam open mike night” (don’t know who mike is but glad he’s open).
“He joined AC Dan on vocals and guitar and Josh May on bass as they pelted out AC/DC songs. After the songs he was rewarded by our MC Stacey with one Cherry drink card,” they added.
According to The Herald Sun, Chad decided to chill at Cherry’s for a bit after his performance and watch other musicians take part in the open mic night.
One Melbourne drummer, Seth O’Donnell lent Smith his drumsticks, which quickly broke after the Chili’s drummer played with them.
“Words can’t describe this,” Seth said in an Instagram post.
“Got to play drums in front of my idol …. then he played them with my sticks (and broke them), and then I got to hang with him.”
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are currently touring Australia after visiting New Zealand last month. After one of their Melbourne shows a busker dressed as Darth Vader started riffing some Chili tunes on the street.
That led to the Sith lord attracting a massive crowd of Aussies getting amongst and singing along to his guitar playing.
Now we need open mic Chad teaming up with busker Darth Vader and we’ll have the beginning of a truly epic band.