During a discussion about playing live in Philadelphia and the types of crowds attend shows there in a recent interview with Nick Ruffini, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith recalled a wild night during the Blood Sugar Sex Magik tour at the Tower Theater with Pearl Jam and The Smashing Pumpkins. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.
“We played that on the Blood Sugar tour with Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins, and I remember they got a little boisterous and started ripping the seats out. It was a long time ago.”
He said that the Chili Peppers have a much nicer touring life than they did back then.
“We’ve got it great, we’re fucking pampered little rock stars. We stay in nice places, it’s great. It’s not like 28 gigs in 30 days in a van with a bunch of dudes. The culture now, everybody wants it right away, bam bam bam, you’ve got to put that hard work in. A lot of stuff goes into that, learning experiences, life experiences, growing up, leaning how to deal with stuff, ups and downs. That’s all part of life.
It is more part of our culture now: ‘I want it right now.’ The immediate youth culture is different than it was when I was growing up. You can go see anything right away, hear anything right away, whatever you want. There are good parts of that, and then there are other parts that maybe isn’t, because it feels like you could just kind of take a short cut: ‘I want to play Madison Square Garden.’ (Plays simple drum beat) ‘I’m ready!’ There’s a little more to it than that. ‘I’ve got my one fill and one beat!’
It takes a lot of work, but if you’re passionate about what you love, whatever it is that you do, you’re going to want to do it. Then it’s a matter of putting in the hard work, finding the right people, and all these things that happen. It’s not easy to find like minded people that are passionate about the same things you are. Then you have to be able to write good songs, if everybody could write good songs, there would be 40 million bands instead of 4.”