Kenney Jones Interview

L. Bird pkeets at
Mon Dec 13 05:28:19 CST 2004

Repost from Whochat Forum:

>Kenney Jones is interviewed in the February 2005 edition of "Modern 
>Drummer." There are some interesting things there.

Empty Glass. "When Pete was recording 'Rough Boys,' I said, 'Ah, this should 
really be a Who song.' There's actually a couple of songs on there that I 
think should have been Who songs. But he said, 'Ooh, I don't know.' I think 
I said the wrong thing, but I meant it. They got a nice drum sound on that 
album, but it wasn't like the Who sound, which is the sound I would have 
preferred. But then again, I had just joined The Who and I didn't know quite 
how the band was thinking about their sound then. Pete said to me when I 
first joined the band, 'Now we have an opportunity to be completely 
different.' So I thought, ok, maybe that's the way they want to go. But it 
was weird."

Face Dances. "Playing with The Who is unique. The bass player was my foot, 
and I was playing in the middle of two lead guitarists. One 'guitarist' had 
the bass end of it and one had the high end, and I had to fit in somewhere 
in the middle. That's when I started to learn different bass drum techniques 
and ended up having the fastest foot in the industry at one point, without 
using two bass drums. I also started to deliver a punchier feel. I got 
fitter and my arms got bigger. You had to be 110% fit to play with The Who, 
because it was three and a half hours of non-stop drumming. The only rest I 
got was on 'Behind Blue Eyes.'"

To me, the most amazing part of this interview with Kenney, however, has 
nothing to do with The Who, but rather the Stones. I had no idea about this 
amazing bit:

It's Only Rock n Roll "Ron Wood would always call up just as I was getting 
into bed at about midnight and say, 'Kenney, we haven't got a drummer.' In 
those days you never knew who was going to be in the studio...Woody had just 
got all this new equipment for the studio, so he was in there twiddling 
knobs and pissing about, and he left me and Jagger playing together. Mick 
was playing guitar and singing a bit. I just played along and he said to me, 
'That's nice, do that.' And I said, 'It's only n roll,' and he said, 'Yeah, 
but I like it.' And then we started to sing it. We just played that riff and 
it kept going. Then Woody recorded it and put guitar on it. Now, it was only 
supposed to be a demo. Later I found out that they went in to try to record 
it properly but couldn't capture the feel, even with Charlie, which I found 
strange. So the rest of the Stones put it out the way it was. I felt so 
guilty, so when I saw Charlie I said, 'Charlie, I'm told they kept my 
drumming. I'm really sorry, it's not the way I wanted things to work out.' 
He said, 'Ah, it sounds like me anyway though.' He's great--brilliant."

>I find that really amazing, because it sounds exactly like Charlie to me. 
>And as simple as Charlie's playing may sound, the feel he's got is very 
>hard to duplicate. It's really unique, and I'm really surprised that Kenney 
>could get it. I think that impresses me more than anything Kenney has ever 

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