Kenny Aronoff

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kenny Aronoff
Kenny Aronoff.jpg
Aronoff at a signing in 2005
Background information
Born (1953-03-07) March 7, 1953 (age 62)
Genres Rock
Instruments Drums
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts John Mellencamp, BoDeans, John Fogerty, Chickenfoot

Kenny Aronoff (born March 7, 1953 in Albany, New York) is an American drummer who has been the sideman for many bands. He is most associated with the John Mellencamp band, also known as "John Cougar Mellencamp", who he has worked with since 1980 to the present day. He is also known for his percussive and drum works with many recording artists.


Early career[edit]

After graduating from Indiana University in 1976 Aronoff studied under tympanist George Gaber. During that time he was offered several symphony orchestra opportunities but decided instead to move to the East Coast to study in Boston with Alan Dawson,[1] a teacher from Berklee College of Music and then with Gary Chester in New York where he began to concentrate on jazz and fusion music. He also studied under private tutor with Vic Firth and Arthur Press, a classical percussionist formerly with The Boston Symphony Orchestra.[2]

He went to music school for one year at the University of Massachusetts, spent four years at The Indiana University School of Music (presently known as Jacobs School of Music) as a performance major in classical music as well as spending a summer at the Aspen School of Music. It was at the Tanglewood Fellowship program (now Tanglewood Music Center), which at that time was managed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra where he worked with conductors Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Arthur Feidler all which brought him to the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. During this time he decided to return to his rock and roll roots that started in 1964 with his very first childhood band, "The Alley Cats". In 1980 he won an audition with John Cougar and promptly joined the band which led to a career with Mellencamp recording 10 albums and touring with him over a 17-year period.

Touring and recording 1985-99[edit]

In the mid-1980s, Kenny began to develop an successful career as a studio musician, playing on hundreds of records as well as touring worldwide with many artists.

He filled in for Dave Mattacks on the second half of Richard Thompson's 1989 tour, (after Mattacks broke his arm). He played the thirty six date Smashing Pumpkins' An Evening with... tour. He also toured on the European and US dates for Chickenfoot.

2001 to present day[edit]

Aronoff was an inaugural member of the Independent Music Awards' 2001 1st Annual IMA judging panel to support independent artists.[3]

In 2005, Aronoff began touring with roots rock band The BoDeans. He performed on their two-CD live set, Homebrewed: Live From the Pabst.

Aronoff recorded on Avril Lavigne's 2007 CD, The Best Damn Thing.[4] featured on the track "Everything Back But You" and most recently on Brandon Flowers 2015 release The Desired Effect [5][6]

In 2007 and 2008 Aronoff worked with John Fogerty, performing on his 2007 US and European tours and on his 2008 Australian tour. Aronoff is one of four rotating drummers in Daryl Hall's house band for his Live From Daryl's House webcast.[7][8]

On July 26, 2011, Aronoff reunited with members of Chickenfoot and toured with the band on the heels of their second album, temporarily filling in for Chad Smith who was unable to participate on the tour due to commitments with The Red Hot Chili Peppers.[9]

In December 2013, Aronoff performed on the 36th Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony as well as the 56th Annual Grammy Awards where he played during a tribute to The Beatles sharing the stage with the two remaining Beatle members Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. During that same show, he also played drums for Stevie Wonder. In an interview, Aronoff told Ringo Starr, "You're the reason why I'm playing drums. You're the reason why I'm in a band. You're the reason why I decided to be a musician!"[10] [11] Presently, Kenny Aronoff continues to perform with John Fogerty and John Cougar Mellencamp.

Music Industry Endorsement[edit]

Aronoff's distinctive style has awarded him many endorsements and celebrity branding by several musical equipment companies including Tama Drums and hardware, Yamaha DTX electronic drums, Vic Firth drumsticks, Evans drum heads, Meinl Percussion, Shure Microphones, and Zildjian cymbals.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Aronoff lives in Studio City, Los Angeles California with his wife Georgina Anouska Love Aronoff and has a son David Nikolai Aronoff.


He is the owner of Uncommon Studios L.A. Located in Los Angeles.[13]

List of recording credits[edit]

Aronoff's recording credits include:


External links[edit]