Trouble in the Attic

Hey, it’s Rich Dale.  As you probably know, Aerosmith is slated to perform at the Grammys tomorrow night.  And that will happen, though all is not well.

Their now former drummer, Joey Kramer, has taken his old mates to court!   But he says it’s not about money.  And in a statement released Tuesday, Kramer says his lawsuit has nothing to do with Aerosmith‘s scheduled performance on the Grammy Awards, as was reported by various media outlets. Kramer, who hasn’t performed with the band for the past eight months, says he filed the suit because his bandmates have suddenly turned their backs on him, leaving him out of important milestones he deserves to enjoy.

“This is not about money,” Kramer writes in his statement. “I am being deprived of the opportunity to be recognized along with my peers, for our collective, lifetime contributions to the music industry. Neither the MusiCares’ Person of the Year Award nor the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement honors can ever be repeated.  I hope our fans can understand that all I’m trying to do is get back to playing with the band that they love — and that’s Aerosmith with all five original members.”

But alas, it’s not to be.  A Massachusetts judge ruled in favor of the rest of the band on Wednesday, saying that Kramer’s recent absence and skipping of rehearsals would damage Aerosmith‘s “business interests”.  When Kramer arrived at Monday’s practice in Los Angeles, he was turned away by the band’s security.  Now that’s cold.  And not just because it’s January.  Here are some more details about that: