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Aerosmith abruptly cancels Bay Area show, Slash rocks The Fillmore

Aerosmith performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival
Aerosmith performing at the iHeartRadio Music Festival
Photo by Michael Kovac

Aerosmith cancelled their show in Concord, California on August 13 hours before the performance due to drummer Joey Kramer’s health. The news came from the Concord Pavilion venue’s Facebook, page only stating “Due to illness, Aerosmith has been forced to cancel tonight's performance.” Aerosmith’s publicist and spokesperson Marcee Rondan, was asked to comment on the type of illness but she was not at liberty to elaborate.

Unofficially, of course, TMZ broke the news that drummer Joey Kramer had heart complications on Tuesday, which led to the band cancelling their Wednesday show, and most likely their show for Saturday August 16 in Washington. The tabloid site reported that a source close to the band noted Kramer has had heart problems in the past, and that, although they couldn’t confirm, a crew member stated Kramer may be headed for heart surgery.

Although the legendary band cancelled their performance, the San Francisco Bay Area got a rare treat when Aerosmith opener, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, healthy and ready to play, decided to perform at the iconic Fillmore in San Francisco. The 20 song set included several Guns N’ Roses covers including “Night train”, “You Could Be Mine”, and “Rocket Queen”, as well as new songs from the forthcoming album World On Fire, including “Stone Blind”, “30 Years of Life”, and the title track.

Nothing official has come from the Aerosmith camp regarding the rest of the tour, and there are only nine dates left on their “Let Rock Rule” tour scheduled to wrap up on September 9 in Clarkston, Michigan.