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Steve Smith

Biography

Furthermore to serving because the drummer of 1 from the all-time definitive arena rock and roll acts, Trip (throughout their most effective period through the past due ’70s through the first ’80s), Steve Smith in addition has played with an array of additional artists. Created on August 21, 1954 in Brockton, MA, Smith started drumming at age nine, when he got lessons from well known big-band drummer and trainer Expenses Flanagan. Subsequently, Smith performed a number of musical designs (golf swing, R&B, hard rock and roll, fusion, big music group, etc.), and enrolled in the Berklee University of Music in Boston, MA. In Oct of 1976, Smith authorized on with jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, touring as an associate of his music group, and appearing for the recording Enigmatic Sea (1977). After briefly offering because the drummer for Ronnie Montrose’s music group in 1978, Smith was asked to join Trip, who were amid a musical change — from fusion to market rock and roll. The group couldn’t possess selected a better-suited (and flexible) drummer than Smith, as he manned the package on such mega-hit albums as Advancement (1979), Departure (1980), Get away (1981), and Frontiers (1983), where time Trip became among the U.S.’ many effective rock and roll bands. But in the peak of Journey’s achievement, Smith was terminated by vocalist Steve Perry (who supposedly wished to go in a far more “soulful” path). Undeterred, Smith shifted his focus on the greater musically demanding and varied clothing NECESSARY INFORMATION, which he previously founded in 1983 while still an associate of Journey. NECESSARY INFORMATION issued albums frequently through the entire ’80s (including such standout game titles as Global Defeat and Live All over the world: Where We Result from Tour 1998-1999, amongst others). He also became a member of the all-star jazz/rock and roll outfit Steps Forward in 1986 and remained with them until 1993. Smith became a member of a reunited Trip (who was simply on hiatus since 1987) through the past due ’90s, producing a brand new studio room recording, Trial by Open fire (1996), along with a suggested globe tour. But around the eve from the tour, Perry found that he previously a degenerative hip condition, as well as the tour was eventually scrapped entirely. Furthermore to his documenting with Trip and NECESSARY INFORMATION, Smith offers either documented or toured with Actions Forward, Randy Brecker, Allan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, Stanley Clarke, Mariah Carey, Ahmad Jamal, Stuart Hamm, Tony MacAlpine, Dweezil Zappa, Y&T, and many more. Smith also likes helping additional drummers, as he offers given clinics all around the globe through the entire years (actually issuing an instructional video in 1987), and was voted “NUMBER 1 All-Around Dummer” in Contemporary Drummer Magazine’s reader’s poll from 1987 though 1991. In 2001, Contemporary Drummer once again voted for Smith, but this time around he was among among the Best 25 Drummers ever; the next season the mag voted Smith to their Hall of Popularity. Among Essential Information’s perhaps most obviously albums from the ’90s and 2000s are Vitalive! (1991), Easier Done Than Said (1992), Ray of Wish (1996), Present ‘Em YOUR GEOGRAPHICAL AREA (2002), and Seriously In (2004).

Quick Facts


Full Name Steve Smith
Died May 10, 2016, Nanaimo, Canada
Height 1.76 m
Weight 80 kg
Profession Cricketer
Nationality American
Children Peyton Smith, Baylee Smith, Steve Smith Jr., Boston Smith
Parents Gillian Smith, Peter Smith
Music Groups Journey, Vital Information, Steps Ahead, Vital Tech Tones, The Storm, Montrose, Focus
Albums Vitalization, Escape, Vital Tech Tones, Volume 2, Trial by Fire, Dream, After Dream, Frontiers, Infinity, Evolution, Tron, Focus con Proby, Departure, Captured, Warner brothers presents... montrose!, Smokin' in the Pit, Montrose, Mean, Jump on It, Paradox, Greatest Hits Live, The Very Best of Montrose, In the Beginning, Vitalive!, Steps Ahead, Step by Step, Steps Ahead, Live 1983 Denmark
Movies Wee Sing in the Marvelous Musical Mansion, Sherlock: Undercover Dog, Shadow Lake, Duct Tape Forever, The Spell, Moonrise Kingdom, Red Green's: We Can't Help It -- We're Men, Red Green's Hindsight Is 20-20, Red Alert: Take No Prisoners: Live Across the Continents!
TV Shows The Red Green Show, Smith & Smith, Me & Max, The Comedy Mill, Steve Smith Playhouse, 12th Gemini Awards


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#Fact
1 Hamilton, Ontario, Canada [June 2007]
2 He was awarded the C.M. (Member of the Order of Canada) on June 29, 2005 for his services to Canadian Literature and Entertainment.
3 Lives in a Georgian mansion at the base of the Niagara escarpment.
4 Drives a black Dodge Viper RT/10 convertible.
5 Has 2 grown boys, Max and Dave, who work with him in his production company.
6 Prefers to write on his boat, the Queen B, docked in the Hamilton, Ontario harbor.


Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Red Green How to Do Everything 2013 TV Movie
The Red Green Story: We're All in This Together 2008 TV Movie
The Red Green Show TV Series creator - 305 episodes, 1991 - 2006 writer - 106 episodes, 1991 - 2005 written by - 2 episodes, 1996 - 1998
Steve Smith Playhouse 2004 TV Series
Duct Tape Forever 2002
Top Cops 1991 TV Series 1 episode
Smith & Smith's Comedy Mill 1987 TV Series
Me and Max 1986 TV Series
Check It Out 1986 TV Series written by - 1 episode
Smith & Smith 1979 TV Series 1979-1985

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Royal Canadian Air Farce 1994-2013 TV Series Red Green
Red Green How to Do Everything 2013 TV Movie Red Green
Moonrise Kingdom 2012 Weather Man (voice)
The Red Green Show 1991-2006 TV Series Red Green Ranger Gord
Chilly Beach 2006 TV Series
Steve Smith Playhouse 2004 TV Series Host
Mr. St. Nick 2002 TV Movie Policeman tied up (uncredited)
Duct Tape Forever 2002 Red Green
Sesame Park 2001 TV Series Red Green
The Wonderful World of Disney 2000 TV Series Tree Lot Guard
Shadow Lake 1999 TV Movie Bartender (as Stephen Smith)
Space Ghost Coast to Coast 1997 TV Series Red Green
Due South 1995 TV Series Hamish Carter
Sherlock: Undercover Dog 1994 Inquisitive Tourist
The Chase 1994 Finale Cop 1
Smith & Smith's Comedy Mill 1987 TV Series Various
Me and Max 1986 TV Series Uncle Red
Delta Pi 1984 Party Rowdy
Smith & Smith 1979 TV Series Red Green / Various Roles

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Red Green Show TV Series producer - 305 episodes, 1991 - 2006 executive producer - 1 episode, 2002
Go Girl! 1997 TV Series producer
Smith & Smith's Comedy Mill 1987 TV Series producer - 1987-1991
Me and Max 1986 TV Series producer
Smith & Smith 1979 TV Series producer - 1979-1985

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Red Green Show 1991 TV Series 22 episodes
Me and Max 1986 TV Series uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 5th Quadrant 2002 TV Series script editor

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hour 2013 TV Series Himself / Red Green
The Red Green Story: We're All in This Together 2008 TV Movie Himself / Red Green
Second City: First Family of Comedy 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Comedy Gold 2005 TV Short documentary Himself
An American in Canada 2002 TV Series Himself / Red Green
Just for Laughs 2002 TV Series Himself (2002)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cream of Comedy 2003 TV Movie Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Earle Grey Award Gemini Awards
1998 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Patrick McKenna

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Bob Bainborough
· Laurie Elliott
· Rick Green
· Jeff Lumby
· Patrick McKenna
· Wayne Robson
2006 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Rick Green
· David C. Smith
2004 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Comedy Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · David C. Smith
2001 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Comedy Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991)
2001 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · George Buza
· Kim Bubbs
· Jeff Lumby
· Peter Keleghan
· Wayne Robson
· Bob Bainborough
2001 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Jeff Lumby
· Richard McDonald
· Bruce Pirrie
· Shaun Graham
· Bob Bainborough
· Lee Smart
2000 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Graham Greene
· Jerry Schaefer
· Wayne Robson
· Patrick McKenna
· Peter Keleghan
· Bob Bainborough
· Jeff Lumby
· Joel Harris
2000 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Jeff Lumby
· Bob Bainborough
· Shaun Graham
· Bruce Pirrie
· Richard McDonald
1999 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Comedy Series The Red Green Show (1991)
1999 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Bruce Pirrie
· Bob Bainborough
· Rick Green
· Shaun Graham
1998 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Comedy Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991)
1998 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Rick Green
· Peter Wildman
1998 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Mark Farrell
· Rick Green
· Bob Bainborough
· Peter Wildman
1997 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Comedy Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Ronald Lillie
· William Johnston
1997 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series (Individual or Ensemble) The Red Green Show (1991)
1997 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Peter Wildman
· Rick Green
1996 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Comedy Series The Red Green Show (1991) · William Johnston
· Ronald Lillie
1994 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Comedy Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Ronald Lillie
· William Johnston
1994 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Comedy Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991)
1994 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Writing in a Comedy or Variety Program or Series The Red Green Show (1991) · Rick Green
1993 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Comedy Series The Red Green Show (1991)


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#Quote
1 [on continuing to perform as his old persona at 68] Maybe I've lost the energy. Why would I change it? It's not limiting for me to be 'Red Green'. In fact, it's a huge powerful tool because it immediately lowers everyone's expectations. If I say anything that's even mildly clever, it's genius when Red Green says it.
2 [on beginning his career] It was supposed to be a summer job in 1990. My wife was leaving television to raise the kids. I didn't know what I was going to do, but this was a character I enjoyed doing. And back in those days, with Canadian TV, as long as you were a decent person and didn't spend any money, you'd get a show. Apathy was our biggest friend in those days. Now they care way too much.
3 [The 'Red Green Show'] was very tightly scripted. I take it as a compliment when people don't believe me. This show, I've written it and now I'm in the process of rehearsing it. I become Red Green, I go into my own garage, I treat it like a stage, I walk it and talk it. And because I'm in character, the character makes all kinds of script changes to turn it into Red Green. It's like Red Green is the head writer.
4 Canadians like to think of themselves as sleepers. They like to be under-estimated.
5 [on being asked if he dressed as 'Red Green' when he received the 'Order of Canada'] No, I didn't. Red Green didn't get it. But he sure helped!. I took my mother. She's ninety now, at the time she was eighty-two. She got to meet the Governor-General. She said, 'This is the best day of my life'. And that was including my birth. When I heard I was getting one, I thought that meant everyone was getting one.


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