The new-look issue of Rhythm is on sale now. Pick up a copy and you'll find not just a sparkling new design, but even more drum news, gear reviews, practical advice and bigger interviews than ever before.
The drum legend gives us the lowdown on the new, chart-topping Red Hot Chili Peppers album. Chad fills us in on welcoming Chili's new boy Josh Klinghoffer to the fold, his rock solid partnership with Flea, working with a percussionist, hitting the road and much more. We also talk recording with Chickenfoot and take a nose around not one but two brand new kits – Chad's one-off Pearl acrylic and tattoo kits.
PLUS: We speak to super producer Rick Rubin about recording I'm With You.
Cassell The Beatmaker (Plan B/The Streets)
Jeremy Stacey (Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds)
Pete York (Spencer Davis Group)
Joby Burgess (Junk Percussionist)
Vinnie Paul (Pantera/Hell Yeah)
We tell you how to get your kit roadworthy with a full MOT from supertech Yard Gavrilovic
Tico Torres' drum tech John 'JD' Dorosz gives us a tour of the Bon Jovi man's black on black Pearl kit
Gretsch USA Standard drum kit
Tiki snare drums
Alesis Performance Pad Pro
Jalapeno VL Series drum kit
Tama Camco pedal
Mapex Meridian Retro Fusion drum kit
ON THE RHYTHM CD
Learn to play funk classic 'Underdog' by Sly and the Family Stone, All Time Low's 'Weightless' and 'White Trash Millionaire' by Black Stone Cherry. You'll also find jam tracks, tips on metric modulation and an exclusive calypso guest lesson with Richard Bailey.
Bag yourself a bounty of Chad Smith signature gear worth £842! We have Chad's signature Pearl snare, a Sabian Holy China cymbal and a block of his Vater sticks up for grabs.
You'll find all this and more in the brand new issue of Rhythm, on sale in all good newsagents and online now.