Nearly two years ago, comedian Will Ferrell and The Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith both appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to squash their lookalike beef once and for all. The method? A good old fashioned drum-off. The battle was intense, but in the end, Ferrell was declared the winner of the golden cowbell with a major assist from the rest of Smith’s band in the guise of Flea and Anthony Kiedis who showed up to play the Blue Oyster Cult classic, “Don’t Fear the Reaper.”
Apparently, that didn’t sit so well with Smith, who last night challenged Ferrell to a rematch. This time however, neither man would sit behind a kit, and instead employed a team of surrogates to go head-to-head against one another. The battle began with Foo Fighters’ own Taylor Hawkins pounding the skins for Team Smith against a local 14-year old kid on Ferrell’s side. Then Smith brought out Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee who didn’t even pick up a stick, and instead stomped out a steady rhythm with his floor kick.
Not to be outdone by such a brazen display, Ferrell introduced his next team member, his former SNL cast member Fred Armisen who went at with a real Latin flair. For his final performer, Smith decided to go with “the big guns” and introduced Stewart Copeland of The Police, widely considered to be one of the most technically masterful drummers on the planet. Copeland didn’t spare a second and went at it like the match was totally above board with maybe the best solo of the night.
That appeared to be game set match. It was hard to envision anyone who could hope to match the prowess of Copeland. And then, Ferrell brought out “a total wild card,” someone he claimed to have met at a Greyhound Bus Depot that morning: Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac. Fleetwood slid into view already going at it before segueing into the rhythm for his band’s song “Tusk” when he was joined onstage by the USC marching band.
Once again, game, set, match Ferrell.