Guitar legend Joe Perry sat weakly by the drum riser and then staggered off stage and passed out during the first song by The Hollywood Vampires in Brooklyn, New York tonight (Sunday) and was rushed to a a nearby hospital. The 65-year-old may have suffered a heart attack, and is being treated at Coney Island Hospital.
He was later transferred to a different medical facility. According to a source inside Perry’s camp, the guitarist is in critical condition, sedated but conscious and talking. His condition was initially called “stable.”
The Aerosmith guitarist was in the middle of a North American tour with his all-star side group, which also includes Alice Cooper and actor Johnny Depp. Tonight’s show at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island continued without him. (The band includes two other guitarists: Depp and Tommy Henriksen.) At one point Cooper asked the crowd to wish Perry well. Later, guest star Ian Hunter came on to lead the band through “Sweet Jane,” the Lou Reed song Mott the Hoople recorded, and “All the Young Dudes.”
When Cooper introduced the band at the end of the show, he said, “And somewhere on this planet, Joe Perry.”
After the show, Cooper tweeted, “Thanks to everyone asking about our brother @JoePerry. He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care.”
Other rockers also reacted on Twitter, including Perry’s Aerosmith bandmate drummer Joey Kramer, who wrote, “@JoePerry I love you ! We are Brothers @Aerosmith & our brotherhood lives on forever.” Nikki Sixx tweeted, tweeted, “Hang in there superstar. We need you…,” while Tom Morello wrote, “Thoughts and prayers out to the great @JoePerry. Cmon man please be ok we love you love you love you!!!”
The Hollywood Vampire’s next show is Tuesday in Ohio, but a source close to the band says they’re “not sure” if that show will happen or if the tour will continue.
The band is currently scheduled to play DTE Energy Music Theater this coming Saturday. Stay tuned to 104.3 WOMC For status updates on Joe’s condition and concert info.