Chickenfoot Recruits a New Rooster

Sammy Hagar and Company Welcome Kenny Aronoff. What the Cluck?

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We knew the day would come when Chickenfoot’s Chad Smith would be summoned back to his day job - and it did.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers called and they want their drummer back for their upcoming tour. Smith wasn’t about to leave his pals in the lurch, and called up Kenny Aronoff and see if he could take over for up on Chickenfoot’s upcoming tour that coincides with the release of their intentionally deceptively titled second album Chickenfoot III which drops on September 26.

For those who don’t know, Aronoff is a crack player and was named the number one pop/rock drummer for five consecutive yeas by the readers of Modern Drummer and has logged time with The Smashing Pumpkins, Leslie West, John Fogerty, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Puddle of Mudd, Mick Jagger, Ray Charles, and Trey Anastasio. And that’s only about a third of the list. 

Maybe Chad should rethink handing over his sticks. But according to Chickenfoot’s head rooster, Sammy Hagar, he couldn’t be more tickled.

“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 f*cking great. He’s really solid, and he’s got fire.”

As for Smith, he welcomed Aronoff with this rather tongue-in-cheek video released on YouTube where he laments:

“I got bills to pay! I gotta go and do my day job, but only for a little bit…I’ll be back.”

You can see his welcoming speech in its entirety here:


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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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