Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Aerosmith responds to lawsuit from drummer Joey Kramer: 'He's our brother'

Aerosmith responds to lawsuit from drummer Joey Kramer: 'He's our brother'

Aerosmith responded to the lawsuit with a statement on the matter, confirming the appearance would go on without him.

Kramer, who has been sidelined with a shoulder problem since last spring, sued the band on Friday for preventing him from rejoining ahead of two historic events this weekend, when Aerosmith is to be given the GRAMMYs Lifetime Achievement Award and to be named MusiCares Person of the Year for 2020.

The defendants maintain that Kramer in September 2019 said he was ready to record music in a private studio but then pulled out because he was " 'not mentally ready, ' " and he indicated the following month that he still couldn't record. Kramer claims he was subjected to a brand new band policy he did not approve of, where he would have to audition to prove he was "able to play at an appropriate level" in order to regain his drummer role. Kramer finally and begrudgingly auditioned with the "click track" in early January, and despite his 50 years of experience and believing his performance was on par, the band prohibited him from rejoining.

In his lawsuit, Kramer says his fellow band members deemed his "try out" wasn't "technically correct" and lacked "energy", an assessment he strongly disputes.

Kramer also says the stress of this request caused "significant repercussions" that sent him back to the hospital and forced him to miss the home shows.

Sources close to Aerosmith claim the drummer has had multiple opportunities to rejoin the group in recent months, but has backed out on each occasion. "You're our brother, '" says the source.

"On January 15, 2020, and for the first time in the band's 50-year course of conduct, the Other Members voted to prohibit Mr. Kramer from joining the band for the once-in-a-lifetime events of MusiCares [pre-Grammy event] and the 2020 Grammy Awards", as well as another upcoming residency, the suit says. "This is not about money".

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He continues, "I hope our fans can understand that all I'm trying to do is get back to playing with the band that they love - and that's Aerosmith with all five original members".

The members of Aerosmith have responded to a lawsuit filed against them by drummer Joey Kramer (middle). "To be removed from my rightful place on stage to celebrate our success - a success that acknowledges my own life's work, is just plain wrong". "He said, "Yes, I'll come and rehearse" and kept not showing up". No outcome has been reported as of press time.

They told People: "Joey Kramer is our brother; his well-being 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", reads the statement from Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, and Tom Hamilton.

Joey has now waited till the final 2nd to web our invitation, after we sadly produce no longer grasp any time for wanted rehearsals in the route of Grammys week. We missed him and encouraged him to play with us again, but apparently he didn't feel ready to do it, "said a representative of the band to People magazine".

He chose to file a lawsuit before the Grammys on Friday evening of the holiday weekend, completely ignoring the limited time window for preparing these important events.

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