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Smith and Ferrell Drum-Off on the Tonight Show

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 21: Chad Smith speaks during a press conference at the House triangle during NAMM D.C. Fly-in at the US Capitol on May 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for NAMM

If you watched the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on May 22nd (KRON channel 4 for those in the Bay Area), you were probably aware of the rumors concerning a drum-off between Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and comedic actor Will Ferrell, and those rumors were put to rest when the drum-off actually happened.

To get up to date on how the rumors happened, it was Ferrell made a joke about how there was a resemblance between him and Smith, something that did not amused Smith, who accused Ferrell of impersonating him in an online video. And thus came the challenge to a drum-off, which would eventually brought together by Fallon (who like Ferrell is a Saturday Night Live alum).

For those who missed the episode, both Ferrell and Smith appeared on the Tonight Show in identical outfits, both wearing AC/DC shirts, jeans and backward caps, and playing to identical drum kits, each playing four solos, trying to one-up on each other musically and rhythmically. And what drum-off would be complete without a few jabs at each other, including Smith saying “Ladies first” to Ferrell, and Ferrell giving taunts such as Smith playing for the “Lukewarm Chili Peppers”.

Finally given Ferrell’s famous SNL cowbell sketch, the drum-off ended with the actor pulling out a big cowbell, and the rest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers going into a rendition of Blue Oyster Cult’s hit “Don’t Fear the Reaper”. Both Smith and Ferrell played for charity, with Smith playing for Little Kids Rock and Ferrell playing for Cancer for College. For those who missed the episode, the drum-off can be checked out online, including on YouTube.

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