The ultimate southern rock band are famous for both Freebird and suffering one of the worst plane crashes in rock history. Original drummer Artimus Pile crawled out of the crash and went for help only to be shot at by a local farmer, but thankfully survived to tell the tale. Aronoff’s time with the band was a little less dramatic.
Kenny Aronoff says:
“An incredible experience. They would drive in together, cars following one another, come in like a tornado, set up and go immediately to work – learn a song and start tracking.”
“They’d record, take a lunch break and, when we were done, they would leave immediately in a caravan of cars. Like a tornado coming in and like a tornado going out - crazy. But the sound they had was very authentic, like playing with The Rolling Stones of the South. They were very organised about how those three guitar players played together.”
”The producer was Ron Nevison, who’s done ‘Zeppelin, The ‘Stones and The Who. The band were between drummers and I was asked to join, but I couldn’t at that point.”