Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has sued the rest of the band after being prevented from playing upcoming shows including the Grammy’s.
According to Billboard, Kramer suffered what he describes as minor injuries back in the Spring of 2019. This sidelined Kramer during their Las Vegas residency to rest up to heal. The suit alleges Kramer was ready to rejoin the band in the Fall of 2019 but was rejected in ways that were inconsistent with Aerosmith’s band contract.
Kramer indicated that the band had him re-audition for his spot in an unusual way. He was recorded with a click track instead of a meeting with the rest of the band to be evaluated.
The suit explains Kramer was told he needed to show that he could “play at an appropriate level”. However, Kramer claims the band has never established a standard and hasn’t been used when other members have suffered injuries that kept them from performing.
“This is not about money,” said Kramer. “I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with my peers for our collective lifetime contributions to the music industry”.
Aerosmith responded to Kramer’s lawsuit with this statement:
“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,” the band said via a representative. “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.”
Aerosmith has stated that by the time Kramer was ready to rejoin the band, there was not enough time to rehearse for the upcoming dates that Kramer is being barred from.
It is doubtful the band will resolve this issue before the 2020 Grammy’s scheduled for Sunday, January 26th.
As one of the founders of the band, Joey Kramer has been the drummer of Aerosmith since its inception in 1970.
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