"We don't want to just grab a drummer just because he's good and find out that we don't have the chemistry. (...) You pick your favorite bass player, drummer, guitar player singer and you don't necessarily have a great band. It can be a disaster because of chemistry and people don't get along. It isn't just arguing; it's just the music can start arguing and doesn't gel. (...) When you throw these people together you don't necessarily get good music. We have to make sure that Kenny brings a different chemistry that works or the same chemistry as Chad [Smith]."
According to vocalist Sammy Hagar, Kenny Aronoff was hand-picked by Chad Smith because Chad said Kenny's just like him:
"Kenny beats his drum set to death. He doesn't play them. He beats them to death. At the end of every show you have to buy a new drum set for these guys. We need that power. Chad, he's powerful. [Kenny will] just be on loan anyway. Chad's handing him the baton and he's going to run for awhile. When Chad can come back, we'll make the new record probably with Chad."
Previously Chickenfoot guitarist Joe Satriani stated he had a few replacements in mind for Chad Smith, including Tommy Lee, Paul McCartney drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. and Jason Bonham.
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