"Totally Driven Radio", the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. EST time on the Totally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, recently conducted an interview with AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer. You can now listen to the chat below. (Note: Kramer calls in at the 16-minute mark and hangs out for over 40 minutes.) A couple of excerpts from the interview follow. (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether he thinks Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons should just suck it up and perform with fellow KISS co-founding members Ace Frehley and Peter Criss at this week's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony:
Kramer: "You have to recognize the fact that there's two other guys that have been in the band for the last 12 or 15 years. I mean, can you just ignore them? Is that fair? From my point of view, I think, basically, they should all play. And yeah, it's only the original four that are getting inducted into the Hall Of Fame, but I think they should all play.
"I think that what I'm about to say applies to a lot of things in today's world, in today's society. I think people need to lighten up a little bit and not take things so goddamned seriously and make everything so important. It's, like, hey, it's life. Shit happens. You've gotta roll with it and let's just make the best of it and have fun. Problems and issues will always be there and they'll never leave our side, so the object is to have a good time and make fun out of whatever we do. And those guys have had a very fruitful career. They've got nothing to complain about."
On whether he thinks the classic lineup of GUNS N' ROSES should work out its differences and reunite for the sake of the fans:
Kramer: "The bottom line is this: it's whether or not they really care about their fans and the people that made them and got them to where they were. Because that's really what it's all about.
"I can say for my guys, and for my band, the reason I think, and I believe, that we're still together all these years later is because the common denominator for us has always been the same. And the common denominator has always been the music — not money, not women, not drugs, albeit I'll be the first to admit that those were all great parts of it all along the way. But our common denominator has always been the music. And when it comes to the music, the fans are the most important thing, because they get you and put you where you are. And so often — too often — that whole idea gets cast aside. [The bandmembers start thinking] 'Now we are who we are and we can do whatever the hell we please.' That's not true; it's just not the way that it is, and it's not right for those guys to act that way. So, basically, because they have personal grievances with one another, everybody else is being held hostage and can't hear the music that they love to play and they love to hear. So, you know, it's not really fair.
"You know, you can get to a point where you just deal with one another — you go on stage and do what you've gotta do and do your job. And then, you know, you don't have to hang out, you don't have to be buddies, you don't have to have dinner together, you don't have to, you know, be brothers. I mean, that's nice — it makes it a whole lot better and easier. But I think it's kind of unfair that they indulged their egos to the extent that they do."