Joe Perry fans were in for a scare this weekend when the legendary guitarist collapsed in the middle of a live performance in Coney Island, NY.
The Aerosmith strummer was playing with his latest band, Hollywood Vampire – a supergroup consisting of Perry, Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper – when he began to slow down. Paste Magazine reports that after some time, he continued to play while sitting on a drum kit, and eventually walked off the stage where he collapsed. NYPD and FDNY members transported the guitarist to Coney Island hospital. Cooper and Depp continued to play and closed the show without him.
Fear not, Perry fans; the musician is fine. Perry was reported to be in stable condition and recovering in Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
NYPD: Joe Perry was listed in stable condition at Coney Island Hosp. Transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hosp. for unspecified reason. — CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) July 11, 2016
Members of Aerosmith all reacted to Perry’s hospitalization with messages of support for their bandmate.
I LOVE YOU @JOEPERRY…FEEL THE MILLIONS OF PRAYERS COMING YOUR WAY…WE ALL LOVE YOU…SENDING WHITE LIGHT AND ALL THAT I GOT YOUR WAY…ST
— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) July 11, 2016
Thankfully, Joe seems to be better than we all first feared. Here’s hoping he’s back on stage soon doing what he loves to do!
— Tom Hamilton (@THaerosmith) July 11, 2016
— Whitford/St. Holmes (@WhitfordStHolms) July 11, 2016
— Rockin’ & Roastin’ (@RockinRoastin) July 11, 2016
Joe Perry was the lead guitarist, occasional vocalist, and contributing songwriter for Aerosmith from 1970-1979 and 1984-present. He has been named by many – including Rolling Stone – as one of the greatest guitarists of all time and has been included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. USA Today reports that publicist Sujata Murthy said in a statement this week that Perry is expected to return to the road soon to complete Hollywood Vampire’s international summer tour.