Funko have announced that they will be releasing new Pop! Rocks vinyl figures of Aersomith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry. They are expected to be released in May or June.
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer officially rejoined the group onstage during their February 10 show at the Park Theater in Las Vegas, NV. This news comes after Kramer previously filed a lawsuit against his bandmates after claiming that they were not allowing him to return following a leave of absence due to injury. He was originally trying to get the court to order him back in the band so he can perform with them at the Grammy Awards and MusiCares gala, but a judge ended up denying his request.
Aerosmith have announced a special 50th anniversary show with Extreme. The concert will take place at Fenway Park in Boston, MA on September 18 and tickets will go on sale to the public on January 31. A pre-sale for Citi cardmembers will also launch on January 28.
As previously reported, Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer filed a lawsuit against his bandmates, claiming that they are keeping him from returning to the group. The drummer was trying to get the court to order him back in the band so he can perform with them at the Grammy Awards and MusiCares gala, but TMZ are now reporting that a Massachusetts judge has denied his request.
The judge said the following:
“Given that Kramer has not played with the band in 6 months and the dearth of available rehearsal time before the upcoming performances, Kramer has not shown a realistic alternative course of action sufficient to protect the band’s business interests.”
Kramer previously said that he sustained minor injuries in spring 2019 and was planning to rejoin the group in the fall. However, Aerosmith reportedly made him go through an audition in which he had to play along with a “click track” to prove that he was “able to play at an appropriate level.” After listening to his performance, the band allegedly said that he “did not have enough energy” to return.
Kramer issued a statement saying that the lawsuit was “not about money” and that he was “being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with [his] peers.” Aerosmith then followed up by telling People that Kramer’s “wellbeing is of paramount importance” and that “he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band.” They also added that he “waited until the last moment to accept [their] invitation” for upcoming events.
This all led up to today’s (January 22) decision, which Kramer has since commented on:
“Although I’m extremely disappointed by the Judge’s ruling today, I respect it. I knew filing a lawsuit was a bit of an uphill battle considering that the corporate documents don’t reference any process for a band member returning from an injury or illness. However, the band waited until January 15th to tell me that they weren’t letting me play at the awards ceremonies this week. I can hold my head high knowing that I did the right thing — to fight for my right to celebrate the band’s success that I have dedicated the better part of my life to helping build.
The truth speaks for itself. Ever since I injured my foot last August and went through many hours of physical therapy to heal, not once did the band in its entirety offer to rehearse with me. That is a fact. I was also sent the full rehearsal schedule on January 18th and flew to LA the next day to rehearse and have many texts and emails stating the band can’t wait for my return. That’s also a fact. When I showed up to rehearse, I was greeted by two security guards who prohibited me from entering.
The band’s offer to allow me to participate in this week’s MusiCares and Grammy celebrations for red carpet photo ops only, is appreciated; however, with a fill-in drummer playing on stage at two events honoring our collective musical contributions, it is extremely hurtful to me. I am a professional musician who is eager to return to my rightful place with Aerosmith.
I want to thank my fans for the incredible outpouring of support and for sharing my goal of taking my place on stage as one of the five founding members of Aerosmith and continuing to play the music I love.”
It’s worth noting that TMZ have shared footage of the security guards blocking Kramer from entering the rehearsal space:
According to TMZ, Aerosmith’s Joey Kramer has filed a lawsuit against his bandmates, claiming that they are keeping him from returning to the group. This news comes after the drummer previously took a break from the band due to injury.
Kramer says that he sustained minor injuries in spring 2019 and was planning to rejoin the group in the fall. However, Aerosmith reportedly made him go through an audition in which he had to play along with a “click track” to prove that he was “able to play at an appropriate level.” After listening to his performance, the band allegedly said that he “did not have enough energy” to return.
During his absence, Kramer was also required to pay for the cost of a fill-in drummer at a rate of $20,000 a week for performances and $10,000 a week for rehearsals. As Rolling Stone pointed out, this was part of an agreement in Aerosmith’s contract that said absent members will still get their full share, but replacements will be paid with part of their cut.
Kramer is currently trying to get the court to order him back in the band to avoid “irreparable harm.” He also issued his own statement on the situation:
“Ever since I was 14 years old, I had a set of drumsticks in my hand and a passion to create music. Being prohibited from playing with a band that I have given 50 years of my life to supporting, is beyond devastating.
This is not about money. I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with my peers, for our collective, lifetime contributions to the music industry. Neither the MusiCares’ Person of the Year Award nor the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement honors can ever be repeated.
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. Other band members and their lawyers will likely attempt to disparage my playing and claim that I am unable to play the drums right now. Nothing could be further from the truth. I did everything they asked – jumped through hoops and made both a recording of playing along solo to a recent live recording of the band – one I had never heard before, and that process was videotaped. But I did it, and I did it well. In Aerosmith’s 50-year history, no other band member has ever been subjected to this scrutiny let alone be asked to audition for his own job!
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 greatest magic and success of Aerosmith happens when all the band’s founding members are together in the house. 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.”
UPDATE: Aerosmith have now issued an official statement to People:
“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. 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.”
According to Variety, Run-DMC will be joining Aerosmith onstage during their set at the 2020 Grammy Awards. The two acts are expected to perform their 1986 “Walk This Way” mashup. The Grammy Awards will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on January 26 and will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.
Aerosmith will be performing at the 2020 Grammy Awards. That event will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA on January 26 and it will also feature performances from Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani. Alicia Keys will host the show and it will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.