Re: Chad Smith
I totally rate Chad's playing. His groove (as you have all said) is awesome, so laid back and funky.
I have LOVED the Chili's since I first heard Mother Milk, the earlier stuff with Jack Irons on is also awesome. Chad was such a huge early influence on my playing.
I do have one beef though...the new Chili's stuff i.e. from Californication onwards, it's pretty tame. They seem to have almost completely lost the funk. This new song 'Dani Californication' or whatever, it pains me to listen to it. Had I heard this from some other band I would think it's ok BUT to know what the Chili's can do, it seems such a shame. I know they can't keep playing the same kind of stuff over and over, but it's all a bit dull in my opinion.