At last, we have a time and place for the drum battle to end all drum battles. One week from today, on May 22nd, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will host a drum off between Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith and his real-life doppelgänger, actor Will Ferrell.
After years of the two being confused for one another, Ferrell laid the groundwork for a drum battle against Smith during a Reddit AMA last February. “It has been acknowledged many times that myself and Chad Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, share a resemblance to each other,” Ferrell wrote. “A lot of people think that it’s me playing for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But that would be an insult to Chad Smith. The truth of the matter is there is no Will Ferrell. Only Chad Smith.”
In response, Smith issued a public challenge to Farrell: “Stop impersonating me. In fact, I need you… drum battle. Me and you. I’ve seen your skills; you don’t got ’em. Let’s go. Golden cowbell. Winner. Boom!” Ferrell accepted on the condition they raise $300,000 for the charities Cancer for College and Little Kids Rock, which was quickly accomplished following an online fundraiser.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Smith expressed confidence in taking home the victory: “I’m all for it. But unless Will’s been practicing or is secretly a crazy, wild drummer, I think it’ll be evident right off the bat who the real Chad Smith is. I’m ready to take him down.”
Looks like he has little to worry about, as Ferrell told Rolling Stone, “I have not been practicing. There’s no amount of practice that would help me become a good drummer.” But hey, never say never. After all, this is the same guy who returned from a three-year ban in competitive figure skating to win a gold metal in the U.S. National Pairs Competition.