Judge Denies Joey Kramer’s Lawsuit Against Aerosmith; Drummer Won’t Participate in GRAMMYs Weekend with Band

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The legal issues embroiling Aerosmith this week received a bit of an update Wednesday evening, as a Los Angeles judge denied drummer Joey Kramer’s lawsuit against the rest of the group.

Kramer had filed a suit claiming that he had been blocked from rejoining the group ahead of its anticipated GRAMMY Awards performance and upcoming Las Vegas residency dates, in hopes of being reinstated in time for the band’s MusiCares honors and performance at the awards show on Sunday, January 26.

But on Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Mark Gildea shot down Kramer’s suit, saying (per USA Today):

“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,” Gildea wrote in his decision.

Said Kramer to USA Today:

“I knew filing a lawsuit was a bit of an uphill battle. 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.”

Kramer’s Aerosmith band mates had issued the following statement about the whole ordeal on Wednesday, prior to the judge’s ruling:

“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.”


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