(born March 7
) is an American drummer
. A former member (briefly) of the hard rock band Cinderella
, he has also played drums for several other musicians, including John Mellencamp
, Bob Seger
, Elton John
, Lynyrd Skynyrd
After graduating from Indiana University
,in 1976, where he studied under the acclaimed tympanist Vic Firth, Aronoff passed on several symphony orchestra offers and decided to head for the East Coast where he studied drum set in Boston and New York. During this time he began to concentrate on jazz and fusion music, and in 1977 he returned to Bloomington, Indiana
and spent several years in a popular local band, playing throughout the Midwest.
In 1980 he joined John Mellencamp's band, recording 10 albums and touring with him over a 17-year period.
In the mid-1980s, Kenny began to develop an enormously successful career as a studio musician, playing on hundreds of records as well as touring worldwide with many artists. Aronoff has recorded with musicians such as Melissa Etheridge, Jon Bon Jovi, Michelle Branch, Joe Cocker, Trey Anastasio, The BoDeans, Corey Hart, Meat Loaf, Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones, Alanis Morissette, Bob Seger, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Waylon Jennings, Bonnie Raitt, Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, Belinda Carlisle, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Lisa Germano, Tony Iommi, Iggy Pop, The Starting Line, and hard rock and glam metal band Cinderella.
Aronoff also has been, and remains, an in-demand "sideman", touring with the likes of Richard Thompson
(filling in for Dave Mattacks
on the second half of Thompson's 1989 tour, after Mattacks broke his arm), as well as on one tour
with alternative rock
group The Smashing Pumpkins
The gear Aronoff endorses are Tama
drums and hardware, Vic Firth
drum heads, Meinl
Microphones, and Zildjian
The Later Years
In 2005, Kenny began touring again with roots-rock band, The BoDeans. He has appeared on their 2 CD live set, "Homebrewed: Live From the Pabst." Recently, Aronoff had the position of drummer on Avril Lavigne's new CD, "The Best Damn Thing." He starred in the track "Everything Back But You."
Aside from his work with Mellencamp, he is well-known for his work with John Fogerty whom he performed with John and his 2007 US and European Tour. Kenny will be touring with John Fogerty again during the 2008 Australian tour in March.