As we head towards the midpoint of only the second month of 2014, it’s already been a busy year for Kenny Aronoff. The legendary drummer is probably best known for his career-defining work behind the kit for John Mellencamp in the ‘80s and ‘90s, which was followed by a similarly lengthy stint as the drummer for another famous John -- former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty-- a highly successful relationship that remains intact to this day.
He may not be a household name, but for anyone who spends time reading liner notes, Kenny Aronoff is a legend -- a prolific session drummer who's manned the kit for everyone from John Mellencamp to the Smashing Pumpkins. Recently, Aronoff's busy schedule has included the all-star Beatles tribute concert as well as a brief series of gigs with Styx.
For this writer, seeing legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins, Bob Seger, etc.) live for the first time with Chickenfoot in 2011 -- at a special club show at the Metro in Chicago, no less -- was an experience that personally was on par with seeing bassist Nathan East (to use one example) playing with Eric Clapton in the ‘90s.
As Chickenfoot launches a new leg of U.S. tour dates, the opportunity arose to talk with Aronoff and we couldn’t resist digging into several topics.
The on again/off again Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000 of Outkast appears to be back on track with a new working title of ‘All Is By My Side.’ We now have more details on the project, thanks to our recent interview with Chickenfoot’s Kenny Aronoff, who has been tapped for drumming duties on the music for the new film.
The phrase "he's worked with everyone from a to z" is often misused to refer to someone with a diverse body of work, but in drummer Kenny Aronoff's case it might actually be true. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Aronoff has been one of the most in-demand drummers around, both for studio and live work.