Alice Cooper says his Hollywood Vampires bandmate Joe Perry was not feeling well before collapsing while performing at a show in Coney Island. After the 65-year-old Aerosmith legend stumbled offstage, he collapsed and was rushed to a Brooklyn hospital. Cooper, who was singing the Spirit classic, “I Got a Line On You” at the time, appeared confused when he noticed his guitarist was missing from the stage, but he continued on with the song.
According to Rolling Stone, Alice Cooper later told the audience that Perry hadn’t been feeling well earlier in the day.
“If you notice one of our brothers is not onstage with us, he was very sick before the show,” Cooper told the crowd later in the evening. Alice asked fans to chant “get well Joe” during the concert.
After the show, Alice Cooper took to social media to assure fans that the legendary guitarist was in stable condition after reports surfaced that he may have suffered a heart attack.
“Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry,” Cooper wrote. “He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care.”
In addition to Alice Cooper, other rock stars hit Twitter to wish the ailing star a speedy recovery, including Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora.
Alice Cooper formed the supergroup Hollywood Vampires in 2015 with Perry and Johnny Depp. The name of the group pays homage to fallen rock stars who died from the excesses of the rock star life, and it is actually taken from Alice Cooper’s 1970s celebrity drinking club of the same name. Cooper’s original Hollywood Vampires club regularly gathered at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Los Angeles four decades ago
The original members of Alice’s Hollywood Vampires “club” included Cooper, Keith Moon, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Bernie Taupin and The Monkees singer Mickey Dolenz. Last year, Cooper told Billboard the goal for the members of his club was to out drink one another.
“We were vampires because we never saw daylight — we drank all night,” Cooper said. “Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, the guys we learned from, were guys we drank with. I had never done a covers album, and I said, ‘Why don’t we pay tribute to our dead, drunk friends?’ They would have gotten the joke, trust me.”
Cooper revealed that he stopped drinking for good after a night of throwing up blood, something he admitted is “not cool.” Alice also joked that when he quit drinking Budweiser, the beer company’s stock plummeted. He also said he and his future Hollywood Vampires bandmate both got a wake-up call and got sober before it was too late.
“Joe and I got to the crossroads and realized: You can either die, or you can make 20 more records,” Alice said.
Perry previously said The Hollywood Vampires’ musical collaboration started after Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper worked together on the movie Dark Shadows.
“Johnny and Alice sat down and started plinking on guitars and they wrote a bunch of songs,” the guitar legend said in an interview posted by the Dayton Daily News. “Doing this wasn’t much of a jump for me and Alice, but it was for Johnny and he’s loving it. He’s the first one to tell you acting is his day job but he’s a musician first.”
While Alice Cooper is keeping fans updated on his Hollywood Vampires bandmate’s health scare, Depp hasn’t yet spoken out. In addition, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has not yet commented on the sudden hospitalization of his toxic Twin.
Take a look at the fan video below which shows Alice Cooper singing as his Hollywood Vampires bandmate disappears from the stage midway through the song.
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