Mike Portnoy has blasted AEROSMITH for not allowing drummer Joey Kramer to perform with the band at this weekend’s Grammy Awards.
Earlier this week, Kramer sued his bandmates, claiming he is being blocked from playing at the Grammys.
Here’s what Portnoy said:
“I think it’s ridiculous — ridiculous.”
“Where’s the loyalty? You’ve seen ’em recently. Joey seemed — maybe he’s not the way he was when he was in his 20s and 30s, but he seemed like he was pulling his weight.
“We’ve seen this with Bill Ward not being allowed to do the [BLACK] SABBATH tour and Peter Criss not being able to do a KISS tour,” he continued.
“So, yeah, there’s something to be said if somebody physically can’t do it, but I think Joey‘s saying that he can. That’s all AEROSMITH is gonna do if they have a big event — they’re gonna do ‘Walk This Way’ or ‘Dream On’ or whatever. You mean to tell me Joey can’t play that? There’s gotta be loyalty. I think there’s something to be said for loyalty to an original member.”
After celebrity gossip site TMZ reported on Tuesday that Kramer had filed a lawsuit against his bandmates claiming they are refusing to allow him to perform with them when they appear on Sunday night’s Grammy Awards telecast, the drummer issued a statement, saying that being “removed from his “rightful place on stage to celebrate” AEROSMITH‘s success “is just plain wrong.”