RHCP Drummer plays to 17 people at surprise Australian pub gig

Author Hernan Osuna - 9.2.2023

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith performed to an audience of 17 people, as part of a surprise gig in Melbourne, Australia.

The surprise appearance took place yesterday (February 8) at the city’s Cherry Bar venue. According to reports, an audience of under 20 people where at the pub when Smith performed a two-song set of the AC/DC songs ‘If You Want Blood’ and ‘Up to My Neck in You’. The drummer was joined on the tracks by local vocalist AC Dan and guitarist Josh May. You can watch Chad playing here.

Smith’s performance at Cherry Bar came a day after Red Hot Chili Peppers’ show at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, where they were supported by Post Malone.

Seth O’Donnell, who was also a drummer performing that night at the Cherry Bar, lent Smith his sticks to perform, but the RHCP drummer reportedly broke them.

Got to play drums in front of my idol @chadsmithofficial from the @chilipeppers, then he played them with my sticks (and broke them), and then I got to hang with him,” said O’Donnell on Instagram, adding that Smth also checked out his band Adhesion.