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ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 22: Drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers attends the the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 22, 2015 in Anaheim, California.

ALS challenge videos are back, but this time around, the heat has been turned up.

Instead of dumping a bucket of ice water on your head, challengers are tasked with eating a hot pepper and then have to nominate other challengers.

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith was challenged by former NFL safety Steve Gleason who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011.  Smith accepted the challenge and popped what looks to be a habanero in his mouth in a grocery store.

Frankly, I don’t know if I would’ve had the guts to do the new ALS challenge in public.  That alone seems risky, but bravo!

Will Ferrell and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready were called out by Smith in his video, so the clock is ticking on their response.  Word of advice:  DON’T DO THE ALS CHALLENGE IN THE PRODUCE SECTION!


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger who once did a presentation in a college public speaking course about why The Rolling Stones were better than The Beatles.  (She received an A.)

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.