That’s right, as his longtime bandmates picked up their instruments and kicked off an explosive four-song set, the 69-year-old drummer quietly exited the stage as required by the law.
Despite filing a lawsuit, which would enable him to perform alongside them, Aerosmith — the defendants — won the controversial legal battle against Kramer on Thursday, meaning his fill-in and loyal drum tech John Douglas would take his place at the prestigious awards ceremony instead.
Aerosmith went on to rock Los Angeles, Calif., with four songs from their extensive back-catalogue, including the 1975 hits Dream On and Sweet Emotion.They even invited an abundance of other musicians onstage to help them out, including H.E.R., Cheap Trick, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper, among many others (and still no Kramer).
As they celebrated five decades of service together as a band, Tyler called out to his longtime bandmate, saying, “Joey Kramer, where are you? We love you, man!”Two nights later, during the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, Kramer did not appear onstage with Aerosmith — who were joined by members of the legendary rap group, Run-DMC for a gripping performance of Walk this Way.