Aerosmith have announced a 50th anniversary show, taking place on 18 September at Boston’s Fenway Park.
The band recently performed at the 62nd Grammy Awards, reuniting with Run-D.M.C. for a performance of Walk This Way. This came after legal action from drummer Joey Kramer, who was not permitted to rejoin the band for the show, following an absence due to injury. The concluding ruling was that the band were justified in disallowing his rejoining for the Grammys.
However, Aerosmith had responded to Kramer’s suit prior to the ceremony with a statement free of any confrontation: “Joey Kramer is our brother; his wellbeing 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 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. Compounding this, he chose to file a lawsuit on the Friday night of the holiday weekend preceding the Grammys with total disregard for what is our limited window to prepare to perform these important events. Given his decisions he is unfortunately unable to perform but of course we have invited him to be with us for both the Grammys and our MusiCares honour. We are bonded together by much more than our time on stage.
Despite this, and the announcement of the 50th anniversary show and confirmed appearance at Glastonbury 2020, there has not been confirmation as to whether Kramer will perform with the band throughout these dates.