By Scott T. Sterling
So, Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ drummer Chad Smith chatted up Kevin & Bean this morning (Jan. 29) on KROQ (a Radio.com station) to talk about the band’s upcoming gig alongside Bruno Mars during the coveted halftime performance slot at this year’s Super Bowl.
Despite media-generated rumors, Smith assured listeners that the band would not be attempting to cover the 30-minute live version of Led Zeppelin‘s “Dazed and Confused,” after the drummer cracked a joke to reporters “at some GRAMMY thing” last week.
“People in the media are so gullible sometimes,” Smith joked. “We will, however, be performing side one of Rush‘s 2112.”
Smith continued, “Obviously I can’t tell you what we’re going to do, it would ruin the surprise. Come on, you gotta watch! It’s gonna be great, Bruno Mars, we met them, his band are great people, today I’m going to rehearse with them outside in the beautiful weather here in New Jersey, it’ll be a real spectacle, I’m looking forward to it.”
Smith also told the Kevin & Bean how the whole collaboration got started.
“We know of the Bruno Mars, but we’re not homies,” Smith said. “This is what I know: The NFL said to Bruno, ‘You can have a special guest, and choose whomever you like.’ Bruno chose the Red Hot Chili Peppers because he’s a big fan, unbeknownst to us. He called us and said ‘Hey, would you guys be my guest at the halftime show, come and do a jam?’ We said sure, sounds like fun.”
Smith also discussed the drum kit he’ll be playing on Sunday, which is set to be auctioned off to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“The wonderful people at Pearl that make my drums made me a custom giant drum kit, because if it’s the Super Bowl you’ve gotta go big,” he explained. “It lights up and changes colors and has all of the NFL team logos on it. Through the NFL and Make-A-Wish we’re going to auction it off to the highest bidder and of course the money will go to that charity. I’m happy to do it.”
Super Bowl halftime performers Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars will join forces this Sunday, Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.