Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer has taken a leave of absence and won’t be available for the band’s upcoming Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency.
Kramer has “regrettably made the decision to sit out the band’s concerts in 2022 so he can focus his full attention on his family during these uncertain times,” the band said in a statement to USA Today. “He and the band look forward to his future performances with Aerosmith.”
John Douglas will replace Kramer behind the drums while he “takes a temporary leave of absence.” Aerosmith added that “he and the band look forward to his future performances with Aerosmith.”
Kramer is a founding member of Aerosmith and has appeared on every one of their studio records, but he had to step aside in April 2019 to recover from a shoulder injury. The band had then voted to exclude Kramer from their performances at the 2020 Grammys and a contemporaneous MusiCares event, claiming he was not fit to perform. Douglas had filled in for Kramer then as well.
Aerosmith will resume their Deuces Are Wild residency on June 17 at Dolby Live and continue through December 11.
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