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Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation Continues

Joey Kramer Injury Delays Tour -- Again

July 25, 1998 12:00 AM ET

Aerosmith has postponed the first 13 dates of its 50-date U.S. tour following a gas station fire that left drummer Joey Kramer with second-degree burns.

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The affected dates were to begin Aug. 14 in Raleigh, N.C., hitting 12 cities through Sept. 7; all will be rescheduled. Shows from Sept. 9 to Dec. 9 remain unchanged. This marks the second setback to the Aerosmith tour; 18 earlier dates were postponed following a knee injury to Steven Tyler in April.

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