Drummer Joey Kramer files a lawsuit against the rest of the band, who are allegedly not allowing him to play with the rest of the group during the band’s upcoming performance at the Grammys. The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards is scheduled in just a few days, on January 26th.
Kramer, suffering minor injuries last spring, is upset about having to go through the process of trying out to be able to perform. Because he won’t be able to play, he will in turn not be present for the band to receive MusiCares 2020 Person of the Year Award. The rest of the band voice their concerns, and seem to only want what’s best for everyone involved.
For roughly six months after Kramer’s injuries, he was unable to play with the rest of the band. Inconsistencies in both physical and mental performances is enough to make the rest of the group uneasy about their big upcoming performance. There’s no room for error on live television anymore, so they understandably want to make sure every bell and whistle is running well before the big day.
For varying reasons, he has been unable to complete the audition to play, his ferocious outrage is both evident and understandable.
— Aerosmith (@Aerosmith) January 8, 2020
“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.”
They continue, “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.”
Fans aware of these developments are concerned with the situation, taking to Twitter to express their concerns.