AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer would like to thank everyone that came out to Mohegan Sun for the Winning Authors event to celebrate his book, "Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom At the Top". The event was a huge success, with over 300 people attending the intimate live discussion at the Cabaret Theatre. Led by Eddie Trunk, also host of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show", the crowd both observed and contributed to a highly enjoyable experience.
The event kicked off with a screening of "It's About Time" — the film dedicated to Joey's lasting influence both within AEROSMITH and the entire rock and roll world. After a standing ovation, fans were treated to an hour long question-and-answer session allowing guests insight into the experiences recounted within "Hit Hard" and Joey's catharsis in writing it. Twice Joey's dialogue was interrupted as the audience rose to its feet and applauded in response to his honesty in relation to his personal struggle with drug and alcohol addiction and battle with depression.
"Having been able to find my own sanity within the insanity that has been such a prevalent condition of the AEROSMITH experience for over forty years" is an accomplishment representative of the transformative experience which Joey believes truly saved his life. For him, sharing this information and passing on the value of his life changing, and ultimately life saving transformation was the driving force behind turning "Hit Hard" into a reality.
Following the discussion, Joey gave back to all the faithful supporters as he personalized and signed copies of "Hit Hard" for all in attendance. The line flowed out the door of the shops at Mohegan Sun as fans waited with excitement. From ages 8 to 80, all were represented as supporters passed through to get their own copy of "Hit Hard" signed.