Joey Kramer was forced to miss AEROSMITH's August 10 concert at MGM National Harbor in Maryland after twisting his ankle during rehearsal. This marked the second show in a row the drummer sat out, after skipping AEROSMITH's performance two days earlier at the same venue as part of the band's "Deuces Are Wild" tour.
The MGM National Harbor concerts are not the first time AEROSMITH has performed without Kramer. In April, AEROSMITH played two shows in Las Vegas, Nevada without Joey after the drummer had a "minor accident" that resulted in a shoulder injury. Filling in for Kramer at both concerts was Kramer's drum tech, John Douglas.
Back in August 2014, AEROSMITH canceled a California concert because Kramer was dealing with "heart complications" that required immediate surgery. The musician later revealed that he had an angioplasty, explaining that it was "just strictly a hereditary thing. There's a family history, and I was the victim. But no more."
Kramer missed a week's worth of AEROSMITH shows after his 2014 surgery — his son Jesse filled in on drums — before getting back to work.
"It wasn't my time," Kramer said at the time. "It wasn't time for my ticket to be punched. And so I got fixed, and I'm back 150 percent, and everything is as good as it can possibly be."
AEROSMITH is scheduled to play 17 more shows in Las Vegas before the end of the year — four in September, four in October, seven in November, and two in December. The band also has multiple-night "Deuces Are Wild" engagements booked at MGM properties in Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Springfield, Massachusetts.
In 2017, AEROSMITH announced a run of dates called "Aero-Vederci Baby!", but stopped short of calling it a final tour.
AEROSMITH hasn't released a new studio album since 2012's "Music From Another Dimension!"