Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Anchorman star last night participated in their long-promised “drum-off”.
The light-hearted event took place on US TV show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Click below to watch in full.
The pair dressed identically in jeans and Kiss T-shirts for the occasion, highlighting how similar they look. It was Ferrell making light of the uncanny similarity during a Reddit Ask Me Anything that led the Red Hot Chili Peppers man to challenge him to a duel.
The competition was played along “traditional drum off rules” – they each got four solos and, in Fallon’s words, “whoever whacks, smacks and slaps the skins best wins.” After one of his rounds, Ferrell said to Smith, “That was cute. Do you play for the Lukewarm Chili Peppers?”
Ferrell was declared winner after bringing out a cowbell and playing along to the song ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’, originally by Blue Oyster Cult. At that moment, Smith’s band put in a surprise appearance.
Ferrell originally accepted the challenge during another Reddit AMA, writing: “Hi, Chad. Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 (£182,000) for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library. Your call. Also, would you rather fight a hundred duck sized ducks or one horse sized horse?”. The money was raised via an online fundraiser.
Speaking to Rolling Stone in a new interview, Smith commented: “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.” Ferrell added: “I have not been practicing. There’s no amount of practice that would help me become a good drummer.”