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November 15, 2016 • 7:30 pm PST
Throughout his career of nearly four decades, Kenny Aronoff has recorded and toured with the biggest stars in every genre of music, including John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Bob Seger, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Melissa Etheridge, Gregg Allman, Alanis Morissette, Goo Goo Dolls, Joe Cocker, Sting, and many, many others. His unique sound can be heard on the No. 1 hits “Jack and Diane,” “Hurts So Good,” “Pink Houses (Ain’t That America),” and “Small Town” by Mellencamp; “Blaze of Glory” by Jon Bon Jovi; and “Heaven is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle. In all, records Aronoff has played on total over 300 million in sales, with more than 1,300 having been RIAA-certified Gold, Platinum, or Diamond. “Staying the course” has never been enough for Aronoff, who has consistently embraced his own uniqueness while charting his life’s path. This has included taking his music career into every genre imaginable and branching beyond the stage and studio to build a second career as a business speaker. When addressing groups, Aronoff shares his experiences climbing the ladder in the music business and distills them into fundamentals, including hard work, self-discipline, and teamwork that are applicable to any business setting or endeavor. From his Los Angeles recording studio to the world’s most famous arenas, Aronoff has stuck to these principles and staked a claim as one of Rolling Stone‘s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time,” explaining, “I’ll never be as great as I want to be, but I’m willing to spend the rest of my life trying to be as great as I can be.”
The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Kenny Aronoff to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on his legendary career and soon to be released book, Sex, Drums, Rock ’n’ Roll! The Hardest Hitting Man in Show Business, moderated by Scott Goldman, Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares.