AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry says that he is “doing well,” three days after he was hospitalized following an appearance with Billy Joel.
Only minutes after guesting with Joel on stage on Saturday night (November 10) at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Perry experienced shortness of breath and was treated by paramedics. The legendary rocker, who’s now 68, was taken out of the Garden on a stretcher after paramedics worked on him in his dressing room, reportedly inserting a tracheal tube down his throat at one point.
Earlier today, Perry issued a short update on his health status, tweeting: “Doing well, thanks for all the love and support!”
As most fans will remember, back on July 10, 2016, Perry collapsed during a HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES gig at Brooklyn, New York’s Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.
Alice Cooper, who fronts the all-star covers band, recalled to CBS News at the time that he was unaware that Perry was perhaps not geared up for such a rigorous schedule. “I didn’t realize AEROSMITH only did two shows a week. Honestly, I just figured everybody was like me. I do five shows a week, and very physical shows. We were on our eighth show in 10 days. It was pretty brutal. I think [Joe] was dehydrated and basically exhausted. I talked to him before the show and he said, ‘I don’t think I’ve eaten anything in three days.’ I went, ‘Well, that’s not smart.'”
Cooper went on to squash the rumors that Perry had collapsed due to a coronary, explaining: “It wasn’t his heart, though, and it wasn’t anything vital, because four or five days later, he was on stage with us and I’d never seen him look so good.”
Perry is scheduled to kick off a solo tour on November 30 in support of his most recent solo album, “Sweetzerland Manifesto”.
Doing well, thanks for all the love and support!
— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) November 13, 2018