Chad Smith, Will Ferrell Teaming Up For Charity Event

Surely you didn’t think Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and Will Ferrell wouldn’t team up again after the massive success of the infamous Tonight Show drum-off, right?

The drummer and actor who share an uncanny resemblance are gathering once again in the name of charity on April 29th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles for an event being dubbed the “Will Ferrell & Chad Smith’s Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera.”  So far, the Chili Peppers are slated to perform, but more musicians and comedians will be added to the event’s bill with proceeds benefiting Cancer For College and the Silverlake Conservatory Of Music.

In a statement about the event, Ferrell said, “I have only one great regret in life and it’s that I never actually celebrated my quinceanera.  I’d like to think it was just a simple oversight by my mother, but there has been a void inside me for many years. Growing up on the mean streets of Irvine, California, I have vivid memories of all my friends celebrating their quinceneara. Well, on April 29th at the Shrine Auditorium, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a bunch of other really talented comedians and musicians by my side, we are going to right that wrong, and everyone is invited.”

Smith statement is decidedly more serious:  “We had so much fun with Will on the drum off and ultimately getting the entire band together to participate on the Tonight Show.  So much goodwill came out of one silly joke. We’ve been trying to find another way to get together and do some more good for our respective causes and I think we have found it. I’m going to check with my own mother, because I don’t recall any family photos of my own quinceanera either.”

Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public on March 11th, with a Citi card member pre-sale beginning March 8th at 9 A.M.  For complete details, head over to

For those that want to relive the magic that was the drum-off, check out the video below.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.