Of the two albums that Kenny recorded with Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, 2000’s Iommi featured Smashing Pumpkins’ mainman Billy Corgan, with Kenny sharing studio space with ex-Deep Purple member Glenn Hughes on 2005’s Fused.
Kenny Aronoff says:
“On Fused they had mostly medium-tempo and slow ideas, so I thought it would be cool to do something more uptempo. I started coming up with different beats, and when I played this one they wrote What You’re Living For around it."
“Everything I’d been doing was mid/slow tempos, slamming the beater into the head, but on this one, in the fast verses, I couldn’t do that. I had to change my bass drum technique, learn to distribute my weight more to the back of my heel and not play so hard because of getting the beater off.”
“It was a real challenge to play a heavy rock song with a light foot. That’s the thing about being a good session player – you have to adapt very quickly to a multitude of styles and techniques, and then you have to learn to be fluid between them.”