Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer auctions Super Bowl drum kit

Chad Smith donates two drum kits in aid of Make-A-Wish foundation

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith is auctioning the drum kit he played during the band’s Super Bowl half-time show appearance last weekend (February 2).

The drummer is seeking to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and will sell the instrument, along with drumsticks, to the highest bidder. Earlier this week it was confirmed that Red Hot Chili Peppers’ instruments were not plugged in during their Super Bowl performance.

Visitors to the NFL’s official auction site can bid on one of two drum kits, an AFC version and an NFC version with the former having reached bids of $12,575 (£7,600) at the time of writing. Additionally, the drum sticks Smith played with are subject to a bid of $610 (£375). Fans can also bid on two sets of sticks the drummer used to practise with in rehearsals.

Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared as guests of Bruno Mars at the half-time show at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium and performed their 1991 single ‘Give It Away’. The performance attracted the largest audience in the history of the sporting event, pulling in 115.3 million viewers.

In a long message on the Red Hot Chili Peppers website, bassist Flea explained that the bass, drums and guitar were not amplified or plugged in, but the vocals were.