Just a week after joining Nancy Atlas for a sold out Fireside Session at Bay Street Theatre, it was announced that drummer Chad Smith and the rest of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will join Bruno Mars in the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show.
Smith, as the first guest of the weekly Fireside Sessions with the Nancy Atlas Project, helped fill the room to capacity despite the concert being held just hours after a blizzard passed through Sag Harbor.
Now Smith, a Montauk resident, is poised to perform in what the NFL calls “the most-watched musical event of the year” on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2. The game will take place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Mars is Billboard’s 2013 Artist of the Year and an 18-time Grammy Award nominee and Grammy winner.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers is one of the most successful acts in rock history, with drummer Smith plus singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. The band has sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012.
Last year, more than 110.5 million viewers in the U.S. watched the Super Bowl halftime show.