Over the past few weeks, MusicRadar’s new podcast series, In Conversation with Chad Smith, has given music fans a virtual place at the dinner table for a lively, intimate and often laughter-filled two-and-a-half-hour chat between the famed Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer and legendary Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson.
Today, the epic sitdown comes to a close. As the gentlemen enjoy after-meal smokes (we’re poolside at the Sunset Marquis), they wind things up discussing kids and grandkids, the mechanics of golf vs. music, Rush’s then-upcoming jam at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and working with producers Nick Raskulinecz and Rick Rubin.
After dinner, Smith was ebullient about his maiden foray into the world of podcasting, and he was especially pleased to have chosen the voluble Lifeson as his first guest. “I’ve been a Rush fan since high school,” said Smith. “Neil [Peart] gets a lot of attention, as he should, but Al is underappreciated, I think. He is as great a musician as he is to be around. I’m honored for him to be my first. He was gentle with me.”