Drummer Joey Kramer did not perform with his AEROSMITH bandmates last night (Tuesday, April 23) as part of their "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency. Filling in for him at the Park Theater at Park MGM was reportedly Kramer's assistant/drum tech, John Douglas.
AEROSMITH has not yet publicly addressed Kramer's absence from the concert, but a number of fans took to social media to express their hope that the drummer is in good health.
A couple of short videos of last night's show can be seen below.
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 kicked off its "Deuces Are Wild" Las Vegas residency on April 6. The band is scheduled to play 27 more shows in Las Vegas dates before the end of the year — one in April, five in June, four in July, 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 National Harbor, Maryland; Atlantic City, New Jersey; and Springfield, Massachusetts.
In addition to the "Deuces Are Wild" shows, AEROSMITH is scheduled to make two festival appearances this summer: July 14 at the Roxodus Music Fest in Edenvale, Canada; and July 19 at the Twin Cities Summer Jam in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Yes, John Douglas played all the show. That's why I'm asking what happened with JK or if he is ok...? pic.twitter.com/rRJH5uC8Gj— Diana Juárez (@DikaTyler) April 24, 2019
AEROSMITH- IN THE PIT FRONT ROW!
There's only one way to see Aerosmith! front row in the pit! Thank you Melissa Mcginnis for taking me! -Sally Steele #aerosmith #sallysteele #steventyler #joeperry #vegasrocksmagazinePosted by VEGAS ROCKS! Magazine on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Joey Kramer did not play with the guys last night in Vegas.
Hope all is ok...Posted by aerofanatic on Wednesday, April 24, 2019