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The grueling presidential election campaign appears to be creating tension within the ranks of Aerosmith.
The veteran rock band’s drummer Joey Kramer put the kibosh on the circulation of a photo featuring his bandmates Steven Tyler and Joe Perry with president Barack Obama.
The rock stars-meet-rock star president moment was captured and shared last Friday from the official Aerosmith account. But on Saturday night, Kramer retweeted the photo with the message, "This is not representative of Aerosmith." Not long after, the photo was taken down, though evidence of the Hall of Famers’ catchup with the POTUS remains live on Tyler and Perry's social media channels.
Kramer explained his stance in a string of tweets. “I don't want to be included in political banter,” he wrote in one response to a fan’s comment.
“Everyone has their right to their opinion it's called democracy & I support that,” he explained in another.
Everyone has their right to their opinion it's called democracy & I support that https://t.co/sLlnDSNRWC— Joey Kramer (@joeykramer) October 30, 2016
And for the record, he declined to state which party he would vote for in the Nov. 8 election. “I'm not saying who I support! I don't support anyone speaking for me !”
I'm not saying who I support! I don't support anyone speaking for me !— Joey Kramer (@joeykramer) October 30, 2016
Obama last week invited Tyler and Perry onto Air Force One for a brief hangout in Florida. The president just happened to be in Orlando to campaign for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Aerosmith was just passing through having completed a run of dates in Central and South America.
It's not the first time Aerosmith and politics have collided. Tyler called out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump last year when the billionaire businessman played Aerosmith's "Dream On" at his campaign events. Tyler later explained his concerns with Trump using his song were about fair compensation.