Watch: Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Nails Thirty Seconds To Mars Cover on First Time Hearing It

Chad Smith: Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0,,, Wikimedia Commons / "The Kill": Thirty Seconds To Mars, YouTube, Virgin Records America, Inc.., UMG
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Among the various musical challenges that exist, Drumeo has one of the most unique angles you’ll come across on the interwebs. From time to time, the drum lesson platform will invite musicians to perform a cover of a popular song; however, there are a couple of twists involved with this challenge.

Not only is the drummer performing to a song that they are just hearing for the first time, but for their first listen of the tune, they are only provided a version of the song where the drum track has been stripped out. Upon hearing this version, it’s then up to the drummer to play the drums the way they think they are meant to sound in the original cut.

Recently, Drumeo invited none other than Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith into the studio to take on such a challenge. When it comes to Smith’s particular challenge, he’s tasked with playing drums to Thirty Seconds To Mars‘ “The Kill.”

At the start of his performance, Smith is seen listening to the drum-less version of the song; once he gets an idea of what the timing is meant to be, the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer goes off playing. His performance is nothing short of exciting and captivating.

Smith’s drum performance of “The Kill” is pretty spot on compared to what Thirty Seconds To Mars drummer Shannon Leto provides on the original track.

Once the song wraps up, Smith starts laughing and says “What the fuck was that? Is that, like, My Chemical Romance or something?”

When asked if he has heard the song before, Smith shakes his head “no” and says, “It’s some kind of emo thing.” When Smith is told that the band is Thirty Seconds To Mars, he reacts with acknowledgment, saying “Ahh, Jared’s band, Jared Leto.”

You can check out Chad Smith’s “first-time” performance of Thirty Seconds To Mars’ “The Kill” below.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith Plays Thirty Seconds To Mars For First Time