Joey Kramer made his long-awaited return to action with Aerosmith this week, making an appearance with the band onstage at the latest show of their Las Vegas residency.
The appearance seemed to mark the end of a disagreement that had led to a lawsuit between the drummer and his bandmates - they had reportedly refused to let him perform with the band, alleging he wasn’t up to the job.
The latest show at the MGM Park Theater, Las Vegas kicked off as usual on Monday with a short film that sums up the band’s career. The band members then gathered at the back of the stage before the curtain rose, with Kramer being the first to take his position. Frontman Steven Tyler announced, “On the drums, Mr. Joey Kramer”, with cheers from the audience in response.
You can watch the performance below.
Aerosmith started the set with ‘Let the Music Do the Talking’, with Tyler spending some time in front of Kramer’s drumkit in the middle of the song. He was mouthing some words in Kramer’s direction, but it’s unclear what was said.
Presumably, Kramer’s return means the end of the dispute, which arose after he was forced to take time off after an injury. When he asked to return, he said he was invited to audition, which he found “humiliating.” He posted a video of himself being refused access to a rehearsal session, apparently as requested by his former bandmates, which you can watch below. He later shared the podium, but not the stage, with his bandmates at recent MusiCares and Grammy awards nights.
In response to the legal action, Aerosmith said their “brother” Kramer had “not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the last six months,” noting that, despite having “encouraged him to rejoin us ... he’d left it too late to accept in time for Grammy rehearsals.”
The band noted it would be “a disservice to him, to ourselves and to our fans to have him play without adequate time to prepare and rehearse.” Confirming he was invited to attend the events, they insisted, “We are bonded together by much more than our time onstage.”
Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency runs until June 4. They then have a number of live appearances scheduled through until mid September.