Ferrell vs Smith vs Ulrich: DRUM BATTLE

By on June 12, 2014

Funnyman Will Ferrell recently had a drum battle against Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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The pair provided hilarious banter before and during the drum-off, and looks eerily similar with their matching leather jackets, KISS shirts and blue ball caps. In case you did not watch the above video, the winner was…

Charity! The duo raised over $300,000 for the charity of their choice: Ferrell’s was College for Cancer; Smith’s was Little Kids Rock. You can donate to both charities by clicking their respective links.

Now Ferrell and Smith are enlisting Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to be the third drummer in an epic drumming battle. Ulrich accepted the challenge put forth by the funnyman and RHCP drummer. Ferrell said over the phone to SPIN, “Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith. He can settle that score now, too.”

Ulrich issued a statement regarding the drum challenge:

It was a little lonely on the sidelines during the first drum-off, given the somewhat forced nature of the lookalike element between Chad Smith and Will Ferrell, when I’m TRULY the one carrying that dead-ringer gene around! As for any further drum-offs, I’m sure that with a bit of practice, I could give Chad a run for his money. But Will? That’s a whole different story. He rules the “bad-ass drummer universe.” I mean, you’re talking about a guy who’s so next level, actually, so beyond next level, that he may just be completely unreachable! That said, I’m definitely up for the challenge…Bring it on!!!

Though the last battle ended in a stalemate where the rest of RHCP came out to play Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper”, who fares to win this drumming battle? Let’s look at the experience.

Photo Credit: Tabercil via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Tabercil via Wikimedia Commons

Will Ferrell

Drumming Experience: Step Brothers (2008)

Why he will win: Have you seen Ferrell tear up the drums in Step Brothers?


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Why he will lose: Will is a one trick pony. Sure, he’s great at that one trick, but can it beat TWO talented drummers?

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Chad Smith

Drumming Experience: Over 40 years

Why he will win: He’s a professional drummer!

Why he will lose: He looks too much like Will Ferrell and it will confuse everyone.

Photo Credit: Mark Wainwright via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit: Mark Wainwright via Wikimedia Commons

Lars Ulrich

Drumming Experience: Over 40 years

Why he will win: He doesn’t look a lick like Ferrell or Smith, so everyone will know it is Lars Ulrich drummer without being confused.

Why he will lose: He doesn’t look enough like Ferrell or Smith. Everyone is drawn to the fact that Ferrell and Smith look so much alike that it will hurt Lars Ulrich!

This is obviously all for fun folks, but who do you think would really win if there were a drum-off among the three contestants? Let us know in the comments!

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