VIDEO: Joey Kramer Back on Stage with Aerosmith
The Aerosmith drama with Joey Kramer appears to have ended on a happy note as the drummer joined the band on stage last night (February 10) during their Las Vegas residency show at the Park Theater at Park MGM.
The fan-shot video below shows Aerosmith taking the stage with Kramer on the drum riser. Before launching into their set, Steven Tyler made a point of saying, “On the drums, Mr. Joey Kramer!” much to the delight of the fans in attendance. Check out the moment below and the band’s performance of “Let The Music Do The Talking.”
News broke in late January via TMZ that Kramer filed suit against Aerosmith accusing them of not letting him back into the band after he recovered from injuries in the spring of 2019. Kramer alleged that once he recovered from his injuries, he was forced to audition “to prove he was able to play at an appropriate level” before rejoining Aerosmith on stage. The audition consisted of a number of recorded solo rehearsals with a click track, not with the band, and then the band would listen back to the recordings to determine whether he would be allowed back in the band. Kramer says no other bandmember has had to go through an audition process like this in the history of the band, despite each member having to step away from the band at some point during their five decades together.
This incident happened in the leadup to the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala on January 24, where Aerosmith was honored, and to the Grammy Awards, where Aerosmith performed with Run-DMC.