Why Joey Kramer Won’t Join Aerosmith’s Farewell Tour, Explained by Joe Perry


The Beat Goes On: Aerosmith’s Farewell Tour Takes the Stage Without Longtime Drummer Joey Kramer

Legendary rock band Aerosmith has announced their “Peace Out” farewell tour, which will celebrate the band’s five decades of music. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will include 40 dates across the US and Canada, starting on September 2 in Philadelphia and wrapping up on January 26 in Montreal. The band will be joined by special guests The Black Crowes for the entire tour, and will perform in iconic arenas such as Madison Square Garden and the United Center.

However, the announcement comes with the sad news that founding member and drummer Joey Kramer is unlikely to take part in the tour. Kramer sat out the band’s last residency shows in Las Vegas due to his focus on family and health, and longtime drum tech John Douglas filled in for him. In a recent interview, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry explained that playing the drums is an athletic event and that Kramer’s physical health may prevent him from performing.

Despite Kramer’s absence, the farewell tour promises to be a memorable celebration of Aerosmith’s music, spanning hits from their five decades in the industry. The band announced the tour with a star-studded “breaking news” YouTube video, featuring Eminem, Slash, Dolly Parton, and other entertainment stars expressing their disbelief.

The tour will also include a special hometown show in Boston on New Year’s Eve 2023, which is sure to be a highlight for both the band and their fans. With over 38,700 people in attendance, Aerosmith’s record-breaking one-off show at Fenway Park in Boston was part of the band’s 50th anniversary celebrations and demonstrated their enduring popularity.

As Aerosmith prepares to bid farewell to their fans, they remain one of the most influential and beloved rock bands of all time. With their distinctive sound and electrifying live performances, they have left an indelible mark on the music industry and will continue to inspire new generations of fans for years to come.


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