As it turns out, the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend at the Schottenstein Center. With thousands of fans in the crowd, drummer Chad Smith sang “The Victors” in front of a packed house of Ohio State fans in attendance. The concert was all cheers until this happened after the setlist was finished.
For the 2nd time in 5 years, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith sang "The Victors" at a show in Columbus. pic.twitter.com/FO8Wy5fk1L— Jay Sarkar (@JayDSarkar) May 15, 2017
Another picture posted from the crowd shows the block M on the drum set.
At the Red Hot Chili Peppers show and they have a Michigan sticker on their drum kit. Bold move for a show in Columbus. pic.twitter.com/87Jjn6RtlQ— • Sydnee • (@julianscrocs) May 15, 2017
Chad Smith grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and attended Lahser High School. He pulled this off first in 2012 when he sang “The Victors” at a concert in Columbus.
Michael Rothstein with ESPN asked Chad afterwards in an interview about being a Michigan fan. “The Michigan helmet is the coolest, still to this day, professional, college, whatever. That helmet is still the coolest.” Chad also talked about his childhood saying, “Growing up, Michigan was definitely more popular than Michigan State. Michigan State was the stepchild there for a while, you know. It was all about the maize and blue. They hooked me early.” He is also a Detroit Red Wings fan and in 2012 had former player Niklas Lidstrom on stage at a concert.
No matter if you are a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fan or not, he definitely gets two thumbs up from Michigan fans for this bold move. Well done.