Aerosmith Drummer Joey Kramer Loses Legal Battle to Rejoin Band for Grammys
Published Jan 23, 2020Despite some last-ditch efforts to rejoin Aerosmith for the Grammy Awards this weekend, drummer Joey Kramer has officially lost his legal battle.
On Wednesday (January 22), a judge sided with the band, agreeing there was no time left to them to work with Kramer for the group's fast-approaching Grammys performance.
In the decision, the judge ruling over the case stated, "Given that Kramer has not played with the band in six 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."
As previously reported, Kramer filed a lawsuit earlier this month claiming that the rest of the band were intentionally excluding him from their Grammy performance and 2020 MusiCares Person of the Year honour. His suit further claimed the stress of the situation had caused him to seek medical care.
In response, Aerosmith explained there was simply not enough time left to rehearse with Kramer, stating, "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."
The 69-year-old Kramer — who has played in the band for decades and is even credited with originating the name Aerosmith — sued his bandmates in Massachusetts, claiming the group breached his contract by denying him the opportunity to perform.
Before the legal dust-up, Kramer was forced to take a break from Aerosmith as a direct result of injuries he sustained that prevented him from performing for six months in 2019. When he was ready to rejoin the group, however, he claimed the band made him audition for his place — and later told him he wasn't up to their standards.
Beyond this weekend's Grammys, it's unclear what role — if any — Kramer will have in Aerosmith.
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards take place Sunday (January 26).