Joe Perry is doing better than his bandmates feared. The longtime Aerosmith guitarist, who fell ill and collapsed backstage while playing a show in New York with his new supergroup, the Hollywood Vampires, has received well wishes from all four of his Aerosmith bandmates.
Joe Perry’s longtime bandmate Tom Hamilton revealed that the rock legend “seems to be better than we all first feared” after he was rushed to the hospital after stumbling off the stage mid-show while performing the Spirit cover “I Got a Line on You” with the Hollywood Vampires. Perry reportedly collapsed backstage and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.
In addition to Hamilton, Joe Perry’s Toxic Twin, Steven Tyler, sent “millions of prayers” and a whole lot of “white light” his longtime music partner’s way. Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer both referred to Perry as their rock ‘n’ roll “brother” despite the fact that everyone in the band is currently working on side projects.
Joe Perry has been a member of Aerosmith since 1970, but last year he formed the Hollywood Vampires supergroup with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp. In a tweet posted after Perry’s on-stage collapse, Cooper revealed that the show will go on and that the Vampires will play their next scheduled show in Kettering, Ohio on July 12.
Alice Cooper did not state if Joe Perry will be playing the Ohio show or not, but it seems unlikely that he’ll be out of the hospital in time for the gig. In a statement about the rocker’s condition posted by USA Today, Hollywood Vampires publicist Sujata Murthy promised that Joe Perry will be back with the supergroup “soon.”
“Joe Perry will rejoin his fellow Vampires on stage again soon,” the statement read.
Joe Perry and the rest of the Aerosmith members have all been doing their own thing lately, but the classic rockers are confirmed to perform together in September at the Kaaboo Festival in Del Mar, California. A tour of South America kicks off later that month, but Perry’s health comes first. And it’s clear that so does Aerosmith’s brotherhood.
While there has long been talk of an Aerosmith final tour, mostly by the very vocal Steven Tyler, Joe Perry has downplayed the word “final.” Perry recently told Billboard he has a hard time wrapping his head around the idea of wrapping things up with his fellow “bad boys from Boston.”
“Frankly, I can see starting a tour that’s called the final tour, but do I think there’s going to be a last Aerosmith gig? That’s a little tough for me to wrap my head around,” Joe admitted to Billboard. “We all know age is creeping up on us, but we’ve followed the lead of the original blues guys and early rockers and learned so much from them and how they just kept playing…. I have a feeling that there’ll be a tour that we’ll call the final tour, but when will it end? That I can’t say.”
Perry’s bandmate Brad Whitford told Eddie Trunk’s podcast that Aerosmith needs to do a farewell tour before it’s too late.
“I guess it’s just because of our age,” he said. “You know, something’s gonna happen. It’s just inevitable that somebody’s not gonna be able to do it anymore. So it would be very nice to take a nice long bow and say thank you and… put it to bed kind of gracefully.”
For now, in addition to Joe Perry’s side supergroup with Cooper and Depp, Aerosmith frontman singer Steven Tyler is on the road promoting his first solo album on his Out On a Limb tour. Guitarist Brad Whitford is on tour with longtime collaborator Derek St. Holmes, while bassist Tom Hamilton has joined the classic rock band Thin Lizzy and is currently playing shows with them. And drummer Joey Kramer has been subbing as a guest radio DJ while working opening his first Rockin’ and Roastin’ organic coffee shop, according to Eater.
But with Joe Perry’s sudden health scare, it will be interesting to see if any of these guys change their tune on the definition of a final tour with Aerosmith.
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