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Joe Perry Hospitalized After Performing ‘Walk This Way’ at Billy Joel Concert

Aerosmith guitarist collapses in dressing room after making guest appearance at Madison Square Garden gig

Daniel Kreps Nov 12, 2018

Joe Perry was reportedly taken to the hospital after making an onstage appearance at Billy Joel's Madison Square Garden concert Saturday. Photo: Flickr/ Raph_PH/Wikimedia Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0

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Joe Perry was taken to the hospital after making a surprise onstage appearance at Billy Joel’s Madison Square Garden concert Saturday.

According to TMZ, Perry collapsed in his dressing room after the Aerosmith guitarist performed “Walk This Way” with Joel and his band. Paramedics attended to Perry for 40 minutes in the rocker’s dressing room ”“ including reportedly “placing a tracheal tube down his throat to clear the air path” ”“ before Perry was stretchered out of the venue and rushed to a New York hospital.

“Following a guest performance during Billy Joel’s show last night at Madison Square Garden, Joe Perry experienced shortness of breath and was treated backstage by paramedics who gave the guitarist oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to a hospital,” a rep for Perry said in a statement to Rolling Stone. “This morning Perry remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive. The Aerosmith guitarist will be unable to appear today at Rock And Roll Fantasy Camp in Florida and apologizes to those attending. Perry is expected to return to the road later this month.”

In June 2016, Perry lost consciousness and collapsed backstage during a Hollywood Vampires concert in Coney Island, New York. The guitarist was transported to a hospital in stable condition. Although “dehydration and exhaustion” were blamed for the Coney Island collapse, Steven Tyler expressed concern for his Aerosmith band mate following the incident.

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“It’s starting to scare me a little bit,” Tyler said. “I know my brother. 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. I think he’s out there and someone’s overbooking him.”

Perry is scheduled to embark on a solo trek beginning November 30th, with Aerosmith’s Las Vegas residency to follow in April 2019.

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