Steven Tyler has been making music with Joe Perry for nearly 50 years, but now he’s in the dark on what’s going on with his longtime bandmate’s health. Days after Perry collapsed backstage during a show with his new band, the Hollywood Vampires, Tyler told Billboard no one will tell him what’s going on with his Toxic Twin. Steven Tyler said he has placed several calls to check on his hospitalized Aerosmith bandmate, and no one will call him back.
“It’s starting to scare me a little bit,” Tyler told Billboard.
While Hollywood Vampires reps have said Joe will be back on stage soon with his side band, there have been no updates on his condition and no explanation as to what caused him to collapse backstage mid-song at a show in Brooklyn last weekend. Tyler says he is “really concerned” about Perry.
“I know they’re putting out nothing, but he’s recovering, he’s really good, he fainted, exhaustion. But I know my brother,” Steven said. “He’s just about the only other guy that’s as passionate about his art as I am. He’s always asking me to do three, four [Aerosmith] shows in a row, and I can’t. I’ll blow my voice out. I know how to maintain my career, my health, and Joe’s passionate. I don’t think he knows how to.”
Tyler went on to blame Perry’s team, saying he thinks the guitarist is overextended with his Hollywood Vampires tour.
“I think he’s out there and someone’s overbooking him,” Steven speculated. “They’re doing like eight or nine shows in a row, or five in a row. I think they’re all a little burnt. I think they may need to look at that. Not young anymore, y’know?”
Although Perry is slated to reunite with Steven Tyler and for an Aerosmith South American tour in September, the rocker now says he doesn’t care about that at all and she just wants Joe to get better.
“I don’t give a s**t about the band. I want Joe to live,” Tyler told Billboard. “I’m really concerned and worried right now that I’m not getting any news. I’m a little bummed out, and that scares me. I don’t know whether it’s heat prostration or whether he’s been working himself too hard or getting off on wrong things passionately. I don’t know what it is, but I know that nobody’s talking to me. I can only tell you that Joe’s my brother and I love him so much.”
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry have had a long and tumultuous relationship, and they have often sniped back and forth at each other during individual interviews. Major points of contention have been Steven Tyler’s solo, country-tinged album, his stint as a judge on American Idol, and differing opinions on the possibility of an Aerosmith final tour. But it’s clear that when the going gets tough, Steven wants to be by his Toxic Twin’s side.
While Steven Tyler is rightly concerned about his band brother, the Hollywood Vampires played their first show without Perry. According to People, the remaining Vampires, including Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, wore buttons with Joe’s initials as they played a gig in Kettering, Ohio. Fans also chanted Perry’s name throughout the show, and the band later posted an Instagram snap revealing that the guitar legend’s presence was felt strongly at the show.
The Hollywood Vampires #backstage before playing @fraze_pavilion tonight! #JoePerry's presence was felt strongly, the boys wore JP badges, set up Joe's equipment and fans held signs and chanted for him throughout the set! We love you Joe! Photo by @cerealkyler _______________________________________________________ #rocknroll #blackandwhite #concert #tour #travel #nashvillephotographer #frontrow #backstage #behindthescenes #rockphotography #concert #alicecooper #portrait #aerosmith #JohnnyDepp #JoePerry #mattsorum #robertdeleo #tommyhenriksen #gunsnroses #brucewitkin #hollywoodvampires
As for Steven Tyler, he has also taken to social media to pay homage to his ailing bandmate. In his signature all-caps style, Tyler tweeted a loving message to Joe Perry, telling him to “feel the prayers” coming his way.
“Sending white light and all that I got your way,” Tyler wrote.
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
Take a look at the video below to see Steven Tyler and Perry during their happier times.
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