The world of Rock N’ Roll seems to be littered with lawsuits rather than sex and drugs these days. Joey Kramer, the long time drummer of Aerosmith has chosen to sue his fellow band mates over their performance on the Grammy awards on Sunday Night.
Kramer hasn’t been playing with the band since April of last year thanks to a shoulder injury. He was temporarily replaced by his own drum tech John Douglas for the rest of the band’s performances in 2019 and now Kramer says his band mates have refused his return to the band for the Grammys.
The members of the band have responded to the lawsuit that was reported by TMZ.
“Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing is of paramount importance to us. However he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last 6 months. We have missed him and have encouraged him to rejoin us to play many times but apparently he has not felt ready to do so. Joey has now waited until the last moment to accept our invitation, when we unfortunately have no time for necessary rehearsals during Grammys week. We would be doing a disservice to him, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse. Compounding this, he chose to file a lawsuit on the Friday night of the holiday weekend preceding the Grammys with total disregard for what is our limited window to prepare to perform these important events. Given his decisions he is unfortunately unable to perform but of course we have invited him to be with us for both the Grammys and our MusiCares honor. We are bonded together by much more than our time on stage.”
I think there is more to this story than is being shown at this time, but its always sad to see these legendary bands getting into conflict this late in their careers. At this point these bands are huge juggernauts and massive businesses that can’t be stopped. Aerosmith, which is still the same 5 guys who played on the debut album in 1973 have had their conflicts over their career, and its amazing all 5 members are still alive despite their legendary drug use. Kramer has played on all the band’s albums. Some bands are able to sue each other and somehow continue to play together, but I’d think this will be the end of Kramer in Aerosmith.
Aerosmith have had some drama in recent years. When Steven Tyler joined American Idol as a judge there was a period where the band were going to replace him with Lenny Kravitz, which would be a mind boggling decision at that point in their career. The issue was eventually resolved and Tyler remained with the band.
Any idea what is going on here between the lines?