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Does Joey Kramer deserve to play with Aerosmith at Musicares and at the Grammy’s this weekend? Yes, absolutely… I’m siding with Kramer 100%…

Well this is interesting… there’s a new feud heating up with the guys in the band Aerosmith. Aerosmith is no stranger to not getting along with their own bandmaters past and present.

This time the band is feuding with their former drummer, Joey Kramer over whether or not Joey will be good enough to play at MusiCares and the Grammy’s this weekend after dealing with injuries.

After reading about this new feud Kramer filed a lawsuit against the other guys in the band Aerosmith ’cause they wouldn’t allow Kramer to perform with them at MusiCares and the Grammy’s this weekend. Why? It’s because the other guys in the band thinks he no longer has it anymore with the drums after dealing with minor injuries which forced Kramer to pull out several Aerosmith shows in the past. The band claims that there was not enough preparation for Kramer to rehearse with the band; however, Kramer says he did everything he could to prove that he still got it on the drums but the band won’t let him in no matter what Kramer says or does.

Kramer tried to make it to rehearsal at the Grammy’s but was denied entry by security hired by the band themselves.

Kramer filed the lawsuit but the judge rejects it… the judge clearly siding with the band agreeing with them about not enough preparation for rehearsal.


This is totally wrong and unfair. I’m siding with Joey on this 100%. I mean, Joey was the founding member of Aerosmith… he was there at the beginning during the band’s formation when they were first starting out. It was Steven and Tom who first recruited Joey when they were forming. On top of that, it was Joey Kramer himself who came up with the Aerosmith band name. Joey’s been in the band for 50 years and helped create the band’s biggest hits and this is how the band treats him?

I just think the band are just upset at Joey ’cause he missed several shows due to injuries and this is their payback. That’s the thing with the music industry and playing in bands… you’re gonna deal with a lot of huge egos, backstabbing, betrayal, drama, etc. That’s what I think is going on here is that the other guys in Aerosmith just betrayed Joey. Remember, Aerosmith is no stranger to betraying their own members ’cause they almost betrayed Steven Tyler when they tried to move on without him.

Being a professional musician may sound fun but not always. You’ll deal with a lot of bullshit and a lot of musicians can be assholes too.

I think Joey Kramer did the right thing suing the band and was completely justifiable… it’s a shame the judge sided with the band, though. Truthfully, I think the band paid the judge a lot of money to side with them. Like I said above, I think the band is just upset that Joey missed shows due to injuries. Well they need to get over themselves… they should have supported Joey through his injuries but I guess not. Like I said, bands are assholes and a lot of them can’t be trusted. Lot of ego there and that’s all I see.

Joey was always an important member of Aerosmith and of course, he deserves to celebrate the band’s success over the years at the Grammy’s and MusiCares. Joe Perry has always been a bit of a control freak.

I wish Mr. Kramer well. Aerosmith without Joey behind the kit would be a joke and I think the other guys are making a big mistake. Hope they regret it later.


Bob Dylan’s speech at MusicCares really was powerful, inspiring and moving… thanks Bob!!!

I was never that big of a Bob Dylan fan over the years but I guess I am now. Bob Dylan’s half hour speech at MusiCares is not in youtube yet… couldn’t find the video online anywhere so I read the transcript.

Read it here…


My favorite part is when Bob lashed out at his critics and haters about his singing and songwriting, Bob said…

“Oh, yeah. Critics have been giving me a hard time since Day One. Critics say I can’t sing. I croak. Sound like a frog. Why don’t critics say that same thing about Tom Waits? Critics say my voice is shot. That I have no voice. What don’t they say those things about Leonard Cohen? Why do I get special treatment? Critics say I can’t carry a tune and I talk my way through a song. Really? I’ve never heard that said about Lou Reed. Why does he get to go scot-free?
What have I done to deserve this special attention? No vocal range? When’s the last time you heard Dr. John? Why don’t you say that about him? Slur my words, got no diction. Have you people ever listened to Charley Patton or Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters. Talk about slurred words and no diction. [Inaudible] doesn’t even matter.” – Bob Dylan


I’m feeling him though ’cause I’m in the same boat as him. People gave me shit about my singing, songwriting and talent since day 1 as well. Seriously, people around the music scene online and off gave me a lot of shit but I never cared. I just played music and continued to play ’cause that’s what I do. It’s what I live for.

People always had this debate on whether I was a professional musician or a “hobbyist” but my thought is who cares? If music is what you love to do then go for it, ya know? You don’t have to be the best singer in the world and don’t have to be great at your instrument to do what you love to do. If you can’t sing, who cares.. just go for it. Singers like Neil Young and Billy Corgan weren’t the best vocalists either but they sing anyway ’cause they love it.

People have said lot of nasty things about my singing over the years… talking about having a speech impediment and all that crap. Who cares? Everybody else doesn’t sing all that perfect either. Other peoples speech is a lot worse than my own and they don’t get flak for it.

You don’t have to be a good singer to write songs and make music. As long as the music says something and has heart, that’s all that matters, ya know?

Over the years, I’ve struggled to get recognized as a songwriter. There are local music websites around this area that refused to promote me when I submitted my music to them for a possible shout-out or a small review but got nothing. I usually get mocked, bullied and get made fun of by other musicians around the area and all that rotten garbage. All the cliques did their best and tried to make me feel left out.

So yeah, I’m in the same boat as Dylan. How did I get all of this special attention as well?

You never saw me get on the cover of the Metroland or get a review on Nippertown but that’s okay.

I’m happy what I’m doing is writing songs and making music… that’s all that matters. This music scene likes to make me feel like I’m nothing but that’s okay, let ’em, ya know? I’m a musician like everyone else and no different than them.

Bob Dylan got so much negativity over the years and I can’t blame him for ranting like this. He just wanted to rant and get it off of his system and this was his opportunity. Why was the speech a half-hour? Because he’s fucking Bob Dylan! He’s a legend, he can talk as long as he wants! Rock on, Bob, and thanks! \m/