Hot red peppers are currently in Australia to play a handful of stadium shows, but ahead of the band’s scheduled second Los Angeles show tonight (February 9) at Melbourne’s 53,000 capacity Marvel Stadium, drummer Chad Smith played for a smaller crowd in a rather more intimate environment, covering some AC DC classics with a bar band in front of just 17 people at an open mic night in a central Melbourne pub.
Down-to-earth drummer Smith was hailed ‘a legend’ by Cherry Bar manager James Young for his impromptu performance, as he sat down with local musicians AC Dan and Josh May to cover the AC/DC classics. If you want blood (you got it) of the band’s groundbreaking record Highway to Hell And Up to my neck in youfrom 1978 Power album. At the time, there were reportedly only 17 people in the bar to witness Smith’s surprise cameo.
Remarkably, Smith isn’t the first superstar musician to grace the Cherry Bar scene, like Lady Gaga, Arctic Monkeysand, in 2017, Axl Rose also passed.
According to a report published in the sun herald newspaper, the man of the people Smith stayed to watch other performances on the night, including a spin by young drummer Seth O’Donnell, whose drumsticks he borrowed.
“Words can’t describe this,” O’Donnell later on Instagram, alongside a photo with Smith. “I have to play drums in front of my idol…. then he played them with my sticks (and broke them), then I got to hang out with him. His post also included footage of Smith jamming on If you want blood.
Watch fan-filmed footage of Smith’s performance below: