Chadwick Gaylord "Chad" Smith (born October 25, 1961) is a well known and established drummer and plays for the rock bands Red Hot Chili Peppers (which is now in a state of hiatus), Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, and Chickenfoot.
Smith was born to parents Curtis and Joan Smith in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He has two older siblings, Bradley and Pamela. He grew up in Bloomfield Hills, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan and attended Lahser High School and Andover High School (Michigan).
Prior to joining The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smith was in a local Detroit band called Toby Redd. He signed on with RHCP in time for them to put out the album Mother's Milk in 1989. His first band was called "Pharaoh", back in 1976-77.
In 1991, Smith had a small role in the short film Session Man, which won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject.
Smith has released a second instructional DVD with Hal Leonard entitled Eastern Rim, which includes footage from his clinics in Melbourne and Tokyo, footage from various live performances, interviews, and gives an insight into life on the road and his influences.
Smith is currently developing a supergroup/side project called "Chickenfoot" with former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, as well as guitarist Joe Satriani. Their album will be released by Best Buy in the U.S. on Sunday, June 7. Smith is also in a band called Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats.
In the May 2006 issue of Doell & Ford Magazine, Smith was named the number one rock drummer alive. Smith narrowly beat out Rush drummer Neil Peart.