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Is it me or does Kenny Aronoff always seem to land the special event concerts such as Lennon' B'day, Gregg Allman celebration, Beatles 50th anniversary, etc.. It seems like every time there is a special event concert I spot that bald head with dark sunglasses :lol:


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I've noticed that too. He seems to be the go to guy.
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If you get a chance read his book. He has played with everybody, is sought out by everybody, and has never said no to any offer. Still playing over 300 dates per year, sometimes 2 in 1 day.


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Plus he can read charts like most of us breathe air. That's why he gets called for the gigs in the first place.
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There was an interview with him in MD not that long ago where he discussed making himself available and not having an attitude. The more I think about it, Paul Shaffer and Ray Cooper often show up in these tribute concerts as well. Maybe is has something to do with "that look."


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If you get a chance read his book. He has played with everybody, is sought out by everybody, and has never said no to any offer. Still playing over 300 dates per year, sometimes 2 in 1 day.

That was funny reading his book that he is almost incapable of saying no to anyone...He is probably more connected than anyone in the business.


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He's great but I just never have enjoyed his playing ,shows what I know huh !


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That story I read about him, about Mellencamp and Steve Cropper "firing" him from recording on his "Nothing Matters and What If It Did" album as he didn't have that much studio experience at the time, really cemented his legacy. Kenny accompanied the band to LA for the session anyhow, and sat in on the sessions watching Rick Schlosser and Ed Greene do their work, learning from them. It paid off...


Edited by BonzoBonham, 16 September 2018 - 06:16 PM.

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That story I read about him, about Mellencamp and Steve Cropper "firing" him from recording on his "Nothing Matters and What If It Did" album as he didn't have that much studio experience at the time, really cemented his legacy. Kenny accompanied the band to LA for the session anyhow, and sat in on the sessions watching Rick Schlosser and Ed Greene do their work, learning from them. It paid off...

 

That's one of the best stories in all of rock drumming. I bet it has been shared a thousand times by hundreds of drum teachers. Perhaps the best illustration of that lesson that could ever be shared. 


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The more I think about it, Paul Shaffer and Ray Cooper often show up in these tribute concerts as well. Maybe is has something to do with "that look."


I think you’re onto something... LOL
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he knows "the moves" and is well-studied..

 

sort of like that guy ; ) one foot in rock another in jazz

to potentially conquer twice as much territory..

sensitive to styles


Edited by JDA, 16 September 2018 - 08:10 PM.

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His book is a great read and he’s a really humble guy. He can play anything. That’s why he gets the calls. He plays for the gig. Nothing else. I’m sure he’d be content to boom chick for 4 hours if that’s what you asked Of him.

Edited by Tonly, 16 September 2018 - 08:32 PM.

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I really like his simple style with JCM, really made those songs rock!


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I was listening to Neal Grover (Grover Pro Percussion/BSO)...do a facebook live session.  He and Kenny had studied together...Neal was trying to convince Kenny to open a retail drum store with him...but Kenny went home...met John and...


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Guys he is THE drummer on "That Thing You Do!"  How freakin cool is that??


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Some call him "Kenny Can't-make-enough".  No doubt about it though.. He's the real deal,. I saw him running the airport in Nashville once. He was on task for sure..


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Among drummers he is great.  Sheryl Crow is the same as a performer.  She is always at these tribute / all start things 


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Plus he can read charts like most of us breathe air. That's why he gets called for the gigs in the first place.

 

Not just his reading, but his chart writing ability is on point. I've started to enact some of his techniques charting music and it had made rehearsals, shows, go so much more smoothly. As if I had been rehearsing it for months.


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Kenny reads charts and plays with precision in the pocket.

He doesn't dominate with flash and always makes his front man sound great.


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Kenny reads charts and plays with precision in the pocket.

He doesn't dominate with flash and always makes his front man sound great.

AND hits HARD! Very physical player. 


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