Joe Perry’s sudden collapse at a Hollywood Vampires show earlier this month is being partly attributed to too heavy of a workload for the Aerosmith guitarist. According to rock website Blabbermouth, multiple sources close to rock legend Joe Perry confirmed to Pulse of Radio that Perry’s collapse was due to “a combination of dehydration and exhaustion.”
Joe Perry collapsed backstage at a show with his side band, the Hollywood Vampires, two weeks ago after exiting the stage midway through a cover of the Spirit song, “I Got a Line on You.” Joe was rushed to a Coney Island hospital while fans in the audience were left in shock. While Perry was rumored to have suffered from cardiac arrest, his longtime Aerosmith bandmate, Steven Tyler, was quick to point the finger at his Toxic Twin’s heavy work schedule with his new band, and he publicly speculated that Joe was overextended.
Last week, Tyler told Billboard that he was “very concerned” about Joe Perry because no one in the rocker’s inner circle was returning his calls to tell him what was going on. Tyler also said he knows his “brother” well and he said Perry is so passionate about his art that he doesn’t always know how to balance his health and career in the best way.
“I think he’s out there and someone’s overbooking him,” Steven said. “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?”
While Joe Perry is scheduled to reunite with Aerosmith in September to kick off a South American tour, his longtime bandmate just wants him to get better.
“I don’t give a s**t about the band. I want Joe to live,” Steven told Billboard. “I’m really concerned and worried right now that I’m not getting any news … 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 can only tell you that Joe’s my brother and I love him so much.”
Last week, the Pulse of Radio (via Blabbermouth) revealed that Joe Perry was discharged from Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York a few days after the collapse. At the time, Steven Tyler was still in the dark about his longtime musical partner’s ailment, but he speculated that the collapse was due to overwork.
“Even though one could say the band booked themselves; well, that’s righteous of ’em, but they’re doing like eight or nine shows in a row,” Steven said.
Joe Perry and Steven Tyler formed Aerosmith together more than 45 years ago, but Perry had recently been hitting the road with the Hollywood Vampires, which he formed with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp earlier this year. After Perry’s collapse, the Hollywood Vampires did not cancel any tour dates, except for a one-off scheduled performance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The band has decided to continue their tour with guest musicians while Joe Perry recovers. Perry’s Vampires bandmates have repeatedly thanked fans for supporting the ailing rock legend and they have made sure to keep Joe in their shows in spirit.
Meanwhile, there have been few updates from Joe Perry’s camp regarding his health, except to say that the 65-year-old guitar legend is under “the best care” and is with his family and that he will be back on the road again “soon.”
Take a look at the video below to see Joe Perry’s last few moments on stage before his collapse.
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