Chad Smith (born October 25, 1961) is best known as being the longtime and current drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is also the drummer of the hard rock band Chickenfoot and the instrumental band Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats.
Chad Smith was born to Curtis and Joan Smith in Richfield, Minnesota. He has two older siblings, Bradley and Pamela. He grew up in Homewood-Flossmoor, Illinois where he attended Homewood-Flossmoor High School for two years. He then moved to Oakland County in Southeast Michigan and graduated from Lahser High School. Prior to joining Red Hot Chili Peppers, Smith was in a local Detroit band called Toby Redd, playing on their second album In The Light. He joined RHCP in time for them to put out the album Mother's Milk in 1989.
In an interview he stated that he had been influenced by many of the musicians who came from those British bands in the 60s and early 70s, namely: Led Zeppelin-John Bonham, Jimi Hendrix-Mitch Mitchel, Cream-Ginger Baker, Deep Purple-Ian Pace, Queen-Roger Taylor, The Who-Keith moon, and Black Sabbath-Bill Ward.
In 1991, Smith had a small role in the short film Session Man, which won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject.