Friday, March 25, 2022

Aerosmith drummer to sit out 2022 Las Vegas residency

Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer will sit out the band’s 2022 Las Vegas residency.

Kramer has "regrettably made the decision to sit out the band's concerts in 2022 so he can focus his full attention on his family during these uncertain times," the group said in a statement to USA Today. As Kramer "takes a temporary leave of absence", “he and the band look forward to his future performances with Aerosmith."

Kramer’s tech, John Douglas, will handle drums for the 2022 series, which is set to begin in June at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas, NV as part of the Boston outfit’s “Deuces Are Wild” residency.

Kramer became temporarily estranged from Aerosmith in 2019 after suffering a shoulder injury that led to his missing some of the early shows in the Las Vegas series, with Douglas stepping into the lineup.

After returning for the residency events, the parties had a dispute later that year over Kramer’s ability to perform at a satisfactory level that led to the drummer suing his bandmates in an effort to play with them at a pair of early 2020 events – including the Grammy Awards; a judge eventually granted the group permission to appear without him.

A number of pre-sales that are underway for the 2022 “Deuces Are Wild” shows will end Wednesday, March 30 at 10 p.m. PT, with general public tickets going on sale Thursday, March 31 at 10 a.m. PT.

Aerosmith will release a vintage live recording, “Aerosmith 1971 – The Road Starts Hear”, on April 8.
See also:

Aerosmith announce 2022 Las Vegas residency dates
Aerosmith preview 1971 live package
Aerosmith cancel European tour
Aerosmith to issue unreleased 1971 recording on Record Store Day
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