Kenny Aronoff Supersonic Blues Machine
Aronoff hits the road with blues all-stars
Are you looking forward to visiting London with Supersonic Blues Machine?
“I’m so excited to come to London because my wife is from Devon and England is my second home. I’ve been going there since 1980 with John Mellencamp, I’m a huge fan of England and its history. I love everything that came out of England especially rock’n’roll and punk. I land 2 July, rehearse on 2 and 3 July, then we play Shepherd’s Bush on 4 July. It’s going to be Supersonic Blues Machine featuring Billy Gibbons and for people who don’t know this band, it’s me and Fabrizio Grossi; this is our second record and, unlike most bands, our second record is actually as good as or better than the first record. We’re already planning a third record. It’s cool, it features some great guitar players.”
Will Billy Gibbons play the whole show?
“We come out as Supersonic with me, Fabrizio, and we have a new guitar player Kris [Barras]. We’ll start off and then Billy will come out and join us. We’ve had as many as four guitarists onstage with us. When we went to Norway we had Robben Ford, Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather and Walter Trout and people went crazy. It’s cool, people get to see three songs with one artist, three with another, and then they all play together. It’s badass. Each one of them has a different style. That’s the cool thing about this album we did called
Californisoul, we were trying to depict different styles of music that people were listening to in 1969/70 in California. Now think about it, Sly Stone was in San Francisco, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, but then in LA you had the Beach Boys, Hendrix, The Doors, Santana was up north. We tried to emulate funk, R&B, pop, rock, the blues, everything possible and it keeps the record interesting for people to listen to. I’m not known to be a drummer that does what Neil Peart did with Rush. My whole thing is feel and cool parts and playing the song – doing what a drummer is supposed to do, which is make everything feel great and keep time.”
Any more books planned after your autobiography, Sex,Drugs, Rock’n’Roll?
“I just finished a self-help book that’s going into the editing process. I think life is so short that you should grab every opportunity to grow and learn about yourself in a mental, physical and spiritual way. I’m on records that have sold 300 million, I’ve played with everybody from Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, to Tony Iommi, Billy Corgan, Sammy Hagar, all the way to BB King, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles, Sting, Dave Grohl, Mellencamp, to Celine Dion, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Buddy Rich Big Band. This new book is like, ‘How did I do that?’ Right now, the working title is Time and obviously for drummers that’s a big thing.”
Kenny Aronoff: live and on fire in London in early July
Out now Californisoul Supersonic Blues Machine