Kenny Aronoff Su­per­sonic Blues Ma­chine

Aronoff hits the road with blues all-stars

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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

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