News

Will Ferrell/Chad Smith ‘drum off’

Will Ferrell/Chad Smith ‘drum off’

DRUM VERSUS COWBELL: Chad Smith came out on top but both drummers were pretty impressive. Photo: YouTube

ferrellsmith
Will Ferrell, left, and Chad Smith, right, look so much alike it’s scary.

Red Hot Chili Peppers star Chad Smith forced Will Ferrell to concede in a long-awaited “drum-off” on Thursday by outshining the actor with his musical skills but the funnyman was still crowned the champ.

The rocker challenged the “Anchorman” star to a battle in an online video in February after Ferrell made fun of their resemblance during a question-and-answer session on Reddit.com.

The duo came head-to-head on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday when they thrilled the audience by wearing identical clothing and impersonating each other during an interview about their “rivalry.”

Ferrell and Smith then climbed behind drum kits and began trading beats and light-hearted insults, but after several exchanges, the funnyman gave up and dropped his drumsticks to the floor.

However, Ferrell was determined not to be totally outdone, so he began playing a cowbell as the rest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers appeared onstage for a performance of Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.”

The drum-off was staged to raise money for charities Cancer for College and Little Kids Rock.

Recent Headlines

22 hours ago in Local

Chicago Officer Sues Estate of Teen He Shot, Claiming Trauma

wtax 011015

A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidently killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.

22 hours ago in Local

New Commemorative Quarter Features Shawnee National Forest

shawnee quarter

A commemorative coin featuring a scene from the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois has entered into circulation.

22 hours ago in Local

U of I Reports Record Number of Freshmen Applications

u of i urbana 2

University of Illinois officials say a record number of prospective freshmen have applied for enrollment next fall across the school's three campuses.

1 day ago in Local

USO Says “Thank You” to National Guard

2-6-16 National Guard USO

The USO’s Illinois chapter wrapped up a week celebrating their 75th anniversary by thanking the people they serve – the troops.

2 days ago in Local

Court Upholds TV Pitchman Kevin Trudeau’s 10-Year Sentence

wtax 011015

An appeals court in Chicago has upheld a 10-year prison term for best-selling author Kevin Trudeau.