Drummer Chad Smith has hand picked Kenny Aronoff to replace him for Chickenfoot’s tour to support the release of their new album Chickenfoot III which will be released on September 26th.
Aronoff is a seasoned studio and live session musician and has played with many artists over the years including The Smashing Pumpkins, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cinderella, Stryper, Tony Iommi and The Rolling Stones.
Chickenfoot frontman Sammy Hagar couldn’t be happier with Smith’s choice and says there is a startling similarity between both drummers in their style of play. He said:
“Chad picked him because he said Kenny’s just like him. He beats his drum set to death. He doesn’t play them. He beats them to death. At the end of every show you have to buy a new drum set for these guys. We need that power. We tried [Kenny]. He’s fucking great. He’s really solid, and he’s got fire.”
Smith welcomed Aronoff into the band via a video released on You Tube saying:
“I got bills to pay! I gotta go and do my day job, but only for a little bit…I’ll be back In the meantime, a great buddy of mine, Kenny Aronoff, is gonna come play the drums. He’s gonna tear it up, he’s awesome, and he’s gonna have a great time. So make sure you go and see the ‘foot!”