Mike Portnoy Slams Aerosmith
During an interview on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation” radio show yesterday, drummer Mike Portnoy slammed AEROSMITH for not allowing original drummer Joey Kramer to perform with them at this weekend’s Grammy Awards. 2019 was a rough year for Joey Kramer who suffered from anxiety, and health issues which kept him away from some Aerosmith shows. We reported earlier this week that the drummer sued his bandmates for keeping him away from the stage, but Aerosmith more recently responded to the lawsuit putting out their own statement claiming Kramer failed to show up for rehearsals and only came at the last minute before the Grammy’s making them a bit nervous.
For the past eight months Kramer has been replaced by his drum tech John Douglas who will be filling in for him at this weekend’s Grammy’s.
Portnoy made his thoughts known to Eddie Trunk saying
“I think it’s ridiculous — ridiculous. Where’s the loyalty? You’ve seen ’em recently. Joey seemed — maybe he’s not the way he was when he was in his 20s and 30s, but he seemed like he was pulling his weight.
“We’ve seen this with Bill Ward not being allowed to do the [BLACK] SABBATH tour and Peter Criss not being able to do a KISS tour. So, yeah, there’s something to be said if somebody physically can’t do it, but I think Joey’s saying that he can. That’s all AEROSMITH is gonna do if they have a big event — they’re gonna do ‘Walk This Way’ or ‘Dream On’ or whatever. You mean to tell me Joey can’t play that? There’s gotta be loyalty. I think there’s something to be said for loyalty to an original member.”
AEROSMITH members Steven Tyler (vocals), Joe Perry (guitar), Tom Hamilton (bass) and Brad Whitford (guitar) responded to Kramer’s lawsuit to People, saying Joey
“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.”