Chad and the lads will be playing a couple of gigs in LA at the end of this month...here's the scoop
Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd West,
Studio City, CA
Wednesday, October 22nd and Thursday, October 23rd
9:30PM and 11:30PM show times...both nights.
Order advanced tickets at (818) 980 1615
Hoping someday they'll make it across to this side of the pond
A couple of new videos from the October 23rd, 2008 gig at The Baked Potato.
The first one is a brand new number!
"The Battle for Ventura Blvd"
The Bombastic Meatbats are going back to The Baked Potato to do a live recording on
Friday, January 9th, 2009 and Saturday, January 10th, 2009
thank you for videos.. the first one is totally amazing !!
The scene from the sound check; Chad, Jeff, Ed and Kevin telling us the juicy backstage stories and more
Filmed at the Baked Potato, North Hollywood, CA on January 9th, 2009.
Just wish they'd hurry up and release something, whether it be live or in the studio
But thanks for the clip
thank you for the video David !!
If you're in the Los Angeles area in early March, be sure and go see the Meatbats!
The Baked Potato
March 4th & 5th, 2009
Come and join Chad Smith and the Bombastic Meatbats for 2 big nights at the famous Baked Potato in Studio City, CA for a live, intimate concert experience that will blow your mind. This is the second stretch of live recording we have done and this will complete our LIVE record that we are working on. The first two nights ROCKED. We want YOU to be a part of it!! Come on down.
3787 Cahuenga Blvd West. Studio City, CA 91604
Need Strange (live)
these guys arent bad
maybe Glenn could use them
Colosseum II reincarnated?
One other new date for the Meatbats!
They will be a part of the Fender University experience with a performance Friday, March 6th along with John 5, Philip Sayce, Dick Dale, James Burton, legendary producer Eddie Kramer, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen and much more...
Album release info via Jeff KollmanQuote
The BOMBASTIC MEATBEATS have just recorded their 2nd studio release with Producer/Engineer great Ryan Hewitt in Venice Ca. "We played the songs a bit live before going into the studio", states Kollman. "We cut all 12 tracks live in the studio over a 3 day period in March and with out a click track. Old school. Just how the bats like it." "It's interesting with this band. We have now two studio records and a double live recording with 14 tracks in the can and we just put a deal together to release the first album 'Meet The Meatbats'."
The album will come out this Summer in the U.S. and Canada on Warrior Records/Universal. It will also be released in Japan this August.
The BOMBASTIC MEATBEATS will play a west coast show at the Baked Potato Tuesday April 28th. "We're wanting to get one last show in before drummer Chad Smith goes out with Chickenfoot (Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, and bassist Michael Anthony) for their summer tour".
DrumChannel.com has posted a video re-broadcast of the March 15th, 2009 Baked Potato show of Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats, featuring drummer Chad Smith, guitarist Jeff Kollman, bassist Kevin Chown, and keybaordist Ed Roth.
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The band's long-awaited debut album, "Meet the Meatbats", recorded in early 2008, will be issued this Summer in the U.S. and Canada
on Warrior Records/Universal Music. A Japanese released is scheduled for August on an as-yet-undisclosed label.
Well I hope it's actually released this year, it's like they can't find a deal.
Chad Smith's BOMBASTIC MEATBEATS debut CD, "Meet The Meatbats" will be in stores on September 15th, 2009!
Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats
"Meet The Meatbats"
Label: Warrior/ Universal Records
For further information and pre-order details visit:
Bombastic, funky, sexy and loud, Chad Smith (drummer of Red Hot Chili Peppers & Chickenfoot) is breaking out on his own with guitar star Jeff Kollman, multi-faceted keyboardist Ed Roth, and Motor City bass ace Kevin Chown. Together, they comprise what is easily one of the most interesting and unpredictable instrumental bands to come along in years; Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats. Their sound creates a cutting edge sonic experience with a plethora of influences, fusing together styles as diverse as classic rock, old school funk, punk, and 70’s R&B.
The Meatbats sound is as uncalculated and spontaneous as their accidental beginnings, forged as an outgrowth of Jeff, Ed, and Chad’s recording and touring with rock legend, Glenn Hughes. Kollman recalls, "Whenever I would jam with Ed and Chad at Glenn Hughes’ rehearsals, we would warm up with some impromptu Jeff Beck kinds of grooves. One day Chad said, ‘Hey, we should record something like this!’ Next thing you know we were in the studio making an album!"
Needing a bass player to round out the group, Kollman contacted long time friend, bassist Kevin Chown. "I called him on the day of the first recording session," continued Kollman. "He came over and saved the day - we got five tunes down in no time and the rest is history!"
Nothing is ever the same way twice with the Meatbats. They stretch the envelope in their exhilarating live performances, often deviating from the original arrangements to keep things fresh. No one knows (even the band it seems at times) just where things may end up musically. Each performance becomes a unique experience enjoyed by the listener.
"My influences, through my brother, were so many of the groups that came out of England in the late 60’s and early 70’s," reflects Chad Smith. "Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, Ginger Baker from Cream, Deep Purple with Ian Pace, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Keith Moon with the Who; those groups were the ones that I really loved. I wanted to play like those guys. When I started learning to read music in school during fourth grade, initially I held the sticks in the traditional grip. But, I remember practicing and thinking if I turned my left stick around I could get a lot more power and hit a lot harder. I like to hit hard. Hitting hard is very important for me - that’s the way I play and the way I feel it. Playing guitar, that’s all great and everything, but hittin’ stuff -AWESOME!"
The Bombastic Meatbats debut album, "Meet the Meatbats," speaks for itself. Consisting of 10 songs written in the span of a few days at Chad’s pool house in Malibu (known as "The Tiki Room"), songs including "Need Strange," "Oops! I Spilled My Beer," "Battle For Ventura Blvd.," and the hauntingly beautiful "Night Sweats," exude a live wire feel, sarcasm, and excitement rarely found in the current world of digitally induced "perfection." It is instrumental music with a soul and a sense of humor.
"This was the least amount of time each of us has spent agonizing over a record," notes Kollman. "It’s funky, musical, and compositional. The melody is king." "These recordings are very much live in the studio; it’s totally old school that way," adds Ed Roth. "Nothing feels as good as a record cut with four guys recording live together, listening, and playing off of each other’s riffs. Even without a vocal, you can sing almost everything that everyone played on this record. That is real soul."
Since their first live performance in 2007, the Meatbats have conquered Japan with a sold out tour and have thrilled audiences around the U.S., while also regularly performing at L.A.’s famed jazz venue, the Baked Potato. "This band has a thing!" insists Kollman. "You can tell Chown and Chad both did their time in Detroit. They come from the same place musically and geographically. They are the funky heartbeat of this group. Chown’s a mix of Detroit Rock and Motown, while Chad brings that sick rock/funk groove that has helped sustain the Chili Peppers for all these years. Ed’s got the gritty funk and 70’s R&B thing going on. His clavinet playing is genius and he’s so great with leaving space in the arrangements. He has taste, knows just what to play, and his life goal is always ‘keeping it sexy.’ As for myself, I protect and defend the rock guitar!"
Look for Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats to inspire a new generation of instrumental music fans. Their debut CD, "Meet The Meatbats" will be in stores, plus Apple's iTunes Store, on September 15th, 2009!
For further information and upcoming tour dates visit Bombastic Meatbats.
Some Japanese Meatbats dates recently added...
Oct. 19th - Koriyama, Japan @ Hip Shot Japan
Oct. 20th - Sendai, Japan @ Junk Box
Oct. 21st - Nagoya, Japan @ Bottom Line
Oct. 22nd - Osaka, Japan @ Bigcat
Oct. 23rd - Hiroshima, Japan @ Club Quattro
Oct. 24th - Fukuoka, Japan @ Gate's 7
Oct. 26th - Shibuya, Japan @ Shibuya O-East
Here's a link to a couple of new interviews with Chad on the Meatbats, Peppers, Chickenfoot etc - Glenn gets a brief mention in both