Chad Smith Rekindles Will Ferrell Drum-Off Challenge

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 09.09.14 in News

An unlikely drum rivalry that has benefited charity may soon be coming to the city where were grunge was born. On September 19, Will Ferrell is scheduled to visit Seattle for an event that will raise funds for the nonprofit Cancer for College, which provides college scholarships to cancer survivors and amputees. Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, who looks uncannily like the actor and comedian and faced off against him this past spring in a “drum-off” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, has been talking trash again ahead of the event.

“Will Ferrell claims he’s coming to Seattle on September 19,” Smith wrote in a recent Facebook post. “I’ll bet he pops off about his alleged ‘Drum Off’ victory. I just might have to be there to call him out on it and settle the score once and for all. The only way you will know for sure is if you are actually there to see it with your own two eyes.”

Ferrell’s Seattle event is billed as “Approximately 90 Minutes with Will Ferrell and Some other people…” and takes place at the University of Washington’s Meany Hall for the Performing Arts. A description promises “behind the scenes stories from throughout his career” and “an evening of inspiration, laughter and good times for the whole family.” Tickets for the charity fundraiser range from $75 to $150, plus service fees, and are available here.

Cancer for College was also one of the charities that benefited from the Fallon drum battle, along with Little Kids Rock, which gives free music instruments and instruction to under-served schools. The doppelgängers built up their friendly feud steadily after Ferrell acknowledged his resemblance to Smith during a Reddit AMA in February. Following the late-night TV appearance, where Ferrell was named the winner, the two challenged Lars Ulrich to another drum-off, and the Metallica founding member accepted. Meanwhile, the Chili Peppers have been working on a new album, their first since 2011′s I’m With You.

What Ferrell told Rolling Stone could be “a rivalry that will go on until the end of time” shows no sign of stopping.