Yesterday, Live For Live Music reported on the lawsuit Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer had filed against the band. Kramer alleges that he has been unfairly treated by Aerosmith, with whom he had “given 50 years of [his] life to supporting,” claiming that the band had blocked him from rejoining following a several-month medical leave in 2019.
Now, just two days before they are set to perform at the MusiCares “Person of the Year” event in Los Angeles—where they will also be the guests of honor—Aerosmith has released a statement to TMZ regarding Kramer and the lawsuit.
“We would be doing a disservice to Joey, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse,” the band says in the statement. “Compounding this, he chose to file a lawsuit on the Friday night of the holiday weekend preceding the Grammys with a total disregard for what is our limited window to prepare to perform these important events.”
While the band remains adamant that Kramer is not allowed to perform at the MusiCares event on Friday night, they do hope he joins them for the non-performance portion of the show.
“Given his decisions,” the band continued, “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.”
Given the pending status of the lawsuit, it would be quite interesting to see Kramer join the rest of the band as they accept the “Person of the Year” award after being barred from performing. Either way, for any drama enthusiast, this story is a must-follow. Here’s to hoping they can mend ties without litigation, and tour once again with the original Aerosmith lineup.