“Big Foot”, the new video from CHICKENFOOT — the hard rock supergroup featuring Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith— will make its online debut tomorrow (Tuesday, August 30).
CHICKENFOOT has made it official: veteran drummer Kenny Aronoff will sit behind the kit on the road while Chad Smith tours with his main band, the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. Smith handed off the sticks to Aronoff in a YouTube video, but emphasized that the change is only temporary by saying, “Listen, I’m living out back. Things are rough; I’ve got bills to pay. I’ve got to go to work. I’ve got my day job to go to. But only for a little bit — I’ll be back. In the meantime a great buddy of mine, Kenny Aronoff, is going to come play the drums. He’s going to tear it up. He’s awesome: you’re going to have a great time, so make sure you go out and see the FOOT.”
Aronoff replies in the clip, “Chad, I’m going to kick ass for CHICKENFOOT, man. I’m going to do a kick-ass job for you and the band.”
Singer Sammy Hagar told The Pulse Of Radio that the band tried out several drummers before realizing Aronoff was the man for the job. “We said, ‘Chad, come on now, who are we gonna try?’ We tried these great guys and they just — the chemistry wasn’t there. No fire. And he said, ‘Kenny, man!’ And so… he was great. He really solid, man. And he’s got fire. And he’s goofy, he’s quirky, so.”
Aronoff has been one of the music industry’s most in-demand drummers for years, and has played for artists like John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Elton John, John Fogerty, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, Meat Loaf, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, Tony Iommi, Jon Bon Jovi and many more.
CHICKENFOOT‘s sophomore album, “Chickenfoot III”, hits stores on September 27 and the band may go out on tour in November.
In addition to Hagar and Smith, CHICKENFOOT features guitarist Joe Satriani and Hagar‘s fellow ex-VAN HALEN member, bassist Michael Anthony.