Aerosmith Issues a Statement Regarding Drummer Joey Kramer's Lawsuit Against the Band

Lawrence Kim
January 23, 2020

"Neither the MusiCares' Person of the Year Award nor the Grammys' Lifetime Achievement honors can ever be repeated", he said.

Kramer adds: "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".

In his 16-page complaint filed in MA state court, Kramer said the disability he suffered previous year was minor, and insisted he was ready to return to the group's "lucrative" Las Vegas residency at the MGM Resorts a few months later, as well as its slate of "50th anniversary activities".

He eventually sent a demo recording to the band, who determined that he was not at a performance level he needed to be at to play with them at the Grammys and their upcoming MusiCares honor. I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognised along with my peers for our collective, lifetime contributions to the music industry. What's more. our sources said the group actively tried for months to get Joey back but he just couldn't get it together in time and left the band with no other choice but to replace him.

Aerosmith is facing a lawsuit from one of its members.

When Kramer injured his shoulder a year ago, his drum tech filled in for a few gigs during Aerosmith's residency in Las Vegas in April.

The band's lawyers also took issue with Kramer's assertion that he has the contractual language on his side, writing that the relevant agreement clearly states that the decision to allow a band member to rejoin the group after an absence "is the exclusive prerogative of the employer (the Corporation)".

Kramer is seeking an injunction ordering the band to let him perform at the Grammy-related events and participate in rehearsals, as well as such "other relief as the Court deems proper", his complaint says.

While Kramer says Aerosmith's invitation to attend the events in a non-performing capacity "is appreciated", it appears the drummer will decline. Whether or not Kramer will play a role in the celebrations remains unclear.

Kramer claims there's no provision in the band's contract requiring a member to prove their ability to play in order to rejoin the band after suffering injuries.

"The fact that I would be asked to audition for my own job, demonstrate that I can play at "an appropriate level" and play better than my temporary fill-in with a moving target of made-up standards is both insulting and upsetting", Kramer later told Rolling Stone.

It concludes, "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".

"Nothing could be further from the truth", he said in his statement.

Aerosmith is slated to have a busy 2020.

Kramer has been a member of Aerosmith since the band formed in 1970.

The band are set to celebrate their 50th anniversary this summer with a European tour.

Kramer, a founding member of the band launched in Boston, said in a lawsuit filed this month in Massachusetts Superior Court that he has been kept out of the band after he hurt his ankle past year and missed shows, including part of the band's lucrative residency at a Las Vegas casino.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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