But all that was delivered a dose of mortality reality after guitarist Joe Perry reportedly collapsed last night (November 10) after performing live with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York. TMZreports that the 68-year-old Perry collapsed in his dressing room shortly after performing “Walk This Way” on stage with Joel and was quickly taken to a nearby hospital.
Perry’s publicist says today, via a statement posted by Ultimate Classic Rock, that the legendary musician is currently “”alert and responsive” in a metro-area 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,” the statement reads. “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.”
UCR also notes that in July 2016, Perry collapsed backstage during a Hollywood Vampires concert as a result of “dehydration and exhaustion.”
Perry released his latest solo album, Sweetzerland Manifesto, in January, and a tour for that record is set to begin November 30 in Sioux City, Iowa.