Aerosmith guitarist, Joe Perry suddenly collapsed backstage after making a guest appearance at Billy Joel’s Madison Square Garden concert over the weekend. In a statement from Perry’s publicist, the rocker is “alert and responsive” in an unspecified hospital. A statement reads,
“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. This morning Perry remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive. The Aerosmith guitarist will be unable to appear today at Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp in Florida and apologizes to those attending. Perry is expected to return to the road later this month.”
TMZ reports that the Aerosmith legend had just completed playing”Walk This Way” with Joel before collapsing backstage in his dressing room. The concert proceeded with Joel apparently oblivious to the backstage emergency.
This is not the first time Perry has collapsed backstage. In 2016, he collapsed at a Hollywood Vampires show owing “dehydration and exhaustion.”
Perry spoke to the Boston Globe of the collapse in April,
“I’ve certainly had a couple other instances where I’ve pushed myself over the edge, but never in such a public way, you know?” “Certainly we’re seeing more and more people pass from one thing or another, whether it’s age or abuse. And I don’t want to be on that list. So I learned a lot.”
Perry is set to kick off a solo tour as support to Sweetzerland Manifesto on Nov. 30, and two days ago released a lyric video for the track “Quake.” You can check that out below.
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