Joey Kramer is taking a “temporary leave” from Aerosmith.
The ‘Crazy’ hitmakers recently confirmed their ‘Deuces Are Wild’ residency is returning to Las Vegas for 24 shows between June and December, but have now revealed their drummer won’t be taking part in the concert series as he wants to spend more time with his family.
The group said in a statement: “[Kramer] unfortunately made the decision to be absent from the band’s concerts in 2022 so that he could focus his full attention on his family during these uncertain times. He and the band look forward to his future performances with Aerosmith.
Drum tech Jack Douglas will step in during Joey’s absence.
It’s not the first time the drummer has walked away from the band as in April 2019 he suffered a shoulder injury which rendered him unable to perform.
He asked to join the band for their GrammyWeek MusiCares tribute show, but they declined.
The band said in a statement at the time: “Joey Kramer is our brother; his well-being is of paramount importance to us. However, he has not been emotionally and physically able to perform with the band, by his own admission, for the past six months. We missed him and we encouraged him to join us to play several times, but apparently he didn’t feel ready to do so.
This decision led Joey to file a lawsuit against the band, but he joined the band in February 2020.
Frontman Steven Tyler announced the band’s new residency dates earlier this week.
He tweeted: “PREPARE TO WALK THIS WAY VEGAS…
“@Aerosmith RETURNS TO SIN CITY!!! BACK IN THE SADDLE!!! DOLBY LIVE AT PARK MGM FROM JUNE TO DECEMBER!!!
“TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY MARCH 31 AT 10AM PT #DEUCESAREWILD @parkmgm (sic)”.