Kenny Aronoff

230 – Kenny Aronoff: The hardest hitting man in show business

He may be known as the hardest hitting man in show business, but he also may be the hardest working too. Constantly running from sessions to tours to clinics and back, Kenny Aronoff never rests. This non-stop work ethic has resulted in a career that started in 1980 with John Mellencamp (lasting 16 years) and has continued at a fervent pace (with artists too numerous to name) ever since. Somehow Kenny has manages to coninue to push his career further and further and shows no signs of slowing down.

Kenny Aronoff talks about:

  • How he got started playing drums
  • His relentless passion for playing
  • The constant strive to be better
  • Getting fired
  • Getting fired again
  • Failure
  • Skill vs talent
  • The results of hard work
  • Getting ripped off
  • Sex, Drums and Rock and Roll (his new book)
  • Advice for up and coming drummers
  • Stories of his career
  • Much more

Resources / Links / People Mentioned

Kenny Aronoff Plays:

  • Tama Drums
  • Vic Firth Sticks
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • Evans Drumsheads

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