A date has been set for the drum battle between Anchorman actor Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.
Earlier this year week Ferrell made light of the uncanny similarity in looks between him and Smith while hosting a Reddit Ask Me Anything, which led to the Red Hot Chili Peppers member challenging him to a musical duel. The drum battle will take place on May 22 on US television show The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Ferrell accepted the challenge during another 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.”