Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry is now reportedly “alert and responsive” after being rushed to the hospital on Saturday night.
Perry appeared as a surprise guest during Billy Joel’s concert at Madison Square Garden, invigorating the crowd with the classic track “Walk This Way.” He reportedly collapsed in his dressing room following the performance and was treated by paramedics for 40 minutes before he was carried out of the venue and admitted to a New York hospital.
“Following a guest performance during Billy Joel’s show last night at Madison Square Garden, Joe Perry experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital,” a representative for Perry told People in a statement. “This morning Perry remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive.”
Due to the incident, Perry had to cancel an appearance scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Florida. However, his camp remains optimistic the guitarist will return to the road later this month.
This isn’t the first time Perry has suffered a collapse. Back in 2016, he lost consciousness backstage during a concert with Hollywood Vampires (a band which also features Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp). It was initially assumed the collapse was due to cardiac arrest, but it was later clarified to be the result of exhaustion and dehydration.
“We were doing 25 to 30 songs with no break,” Cooper told Rolling Stone of the incident. “You’re in fourth gear, and there’s no 24-hour resting period. I think it just caught up with him. He finally got up there onstage, dehydrated. And I think he was exhausted. He told me the night before he hadn’t eaten in two days.”
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has previously expressed his concern about Perry’s health status.
“It’s starting to scare me a little bit. I know my brother. He’s just about the only other guy that’s as passionate about his art as I am,” he told Rolling Stone. “He’s always asking me to do three, four [Aerosmith] shows in a row, and I can’t. I’ll blow my voice out. I know how to maintain my career, my health and Joe’s passionate. I don’t think he knows how to. I think he’s out there and someone’s overbooking him.”
Perry released an album called Sweetzerland Manifesto back in January, and is scheduled to kickstart a solo tour on November 30th. Aerosmith is also planning a Las Vegas residency for April 2019.
We wish Perry a speedy recovery and hope he’ll be back up and rocking soon!
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