Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith Storms Off Stage After Heckler Yells “Will Ferrell”
Mon, 27 Nov 2017 10:47:30
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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith feigned outrage, threw his microphone, and stormed off stage recently after a heckler yelled "Will Ferrell" during a lull between songs. The longstanding comparison between musician and actor has prompted moments of hilarity before, but this time the harassment seemed to strike a chord.
Smith later returned to the stage to share some serious words with the heckler, before breaking his act and saying, "Nah, I'm just f***ing with you, I don't give a s***, I think it's great. I'm f***ing famous because of Will Ferrell."
Smith and Ferrell have toyed with their well-noted physical resemblance before, including holding a drum battle on The Tonight Show in 2014 while dressed in identical outfits. That appearance raised almost $500,000 for charity. Next, in 2016, the two appeared at the Red Hot Benefit Comedy + Music Show & Quinceanera, a fundraiser that combined comedy and music to benefit the Cancer for College charitable foundation and the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
Ferrell said in a statement about the event: "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 quinceanera. Well, on April 29th at the Shrine Auditorium, with 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 said, meanwhile: "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."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff