Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is sharing some details regarding a health scare he experienced this summer.
Aerosmith cancelled one show while Kramer stepped aside to undergo a “minor medical producer”, the drummer missed a second show while recovering and had his son, Jesse, handle things in his absence.
In a new interview with Eddie Trunk (audio below), Kramer was asked what symptoms he experienced that made him consider medical attention during their summer Let Rock Rule tour with Slash.
"I thought that I had what they call acid reflux, and I kept getting this burning sensation in my chest, and that's what I thought it was,” he explains. “So I kept taking antacids. And, finally, my GP [general practitioner] said to me, 'Just to make sure and rule out that it's anything cardiac related, go and take a stress test.'”
“So I went and took the stress test,” Kramer continued. “I got through the echogram [echocardiogram] with flying colors. He said that my cardiovascular system looked like that of a 48- or a 50-year-old, and I'm 64. And then I got on the treadmill, and when I got on the treadmill, it started to bother me a little bit. And so he said he wanted me to go do what they call 'imaging,' and that's what showed the blockage. And then I had an angioplasty done, and they put two stents in my heart. And now I feel better than ever.”
“And so, thanks to modern science, I'm back,” he adds. “My 'recupe' time was, like, five days, and I took seven, and I was back on stage. And now it's better than ever. I feel great and the playing is great. And that's the story."
As for his outlook on the experience, Kramer says “Look, shit happens, and you've gotta make the best of it. It wasn't my time. It wasn't time for my ticket to be punched. And so I got fixed, and I'm back 150 percent, and everything is as good as it can possibly be."
Kramer and Aerosmith are currently off the road after completing a summer tour of North America.
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