(As Joey Kramer)

A Tribute to Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top, Rich was born just outside New Haven. His musical influences originated with his older brother’s records; “My brother got me hooked on Aerosmith, Nugent, Kiss, Rush, & Zappa at a very young age.”   Over the years, Rich has played all over the US and abroad sharing the stage with some of the most well-known artists such as: Edgar Winter, Steve Vai, Mike Vescera (Obsession/Loudness), Duffy Bishop, Dave Weckl, Bobby Nathan, Chrissy Poland, Dover Weinberg, JP Soars, Joel DaSilva, Lisa Mann, Ben Rice, Pat Travers, Anni Piper, Chuck Fiore, David Pastorious, Matt Scofield, Terry Hanck & more. What drew Rich to Erasmith is the unbridled raw energy rock guitar sounds of the early 70’s combined with James Brown funk, and the energy of the entire crowd singing every lyric to their favorite Aerosmith songs.