Legendary guitarist and Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Perry seemed to be in a flimsy state of health while he was performing with the new supergroup, Hollywood Vampires. Videos emerged from the show that recorded him playing guitar on stage, then sitting on the drum riser, only to look a little dazed and unable to play his instrument. He is then seen moving towards the back of the stage where it is said he collapsed. Paramedics were immediately called to the scene.
Here’s another video by the concertgoer that is more close-up and looks pretty scary, having to witness that live, as observed by a commenter.
Though the cause for the collapse is still uncertain, those on the scene at the time reported that the Aerosmith star collapsed behind the scenes and had to be revived by medical experts. It was suspected that he suffered from cardiac arrest, rather than just exhaustion.
Support came pouring in from the rock n roll community that Perry has long been a part of. Fellow band member, Alice Cooper tweeted:
“Thanks to everyone asking about our brother Joe Perry. He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care”.
Staying true to the adage “the show must go on”, Hollywood Vampires continued their show, and it was Cooper who announced to the crowd: “If you notice one of our brothers is not onstage with us, he was very sick before show”. He then went on to encourage the crowd to chant “Get well, Joe!”
Hollywood Vampires is an all-star rock n roll supergroup consisting of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp as members. It was formed in homage to a drinking club of the same name that had been built by Cooper that involved other famous singers and musicians who could join only if they outdrank the others. At the time, the club involved famous names like John Lennon, Ringo Starr and Keith Moon. The band was created to honour the greats to drank themselves to excess in the 70s.
Joe Perry has been a part of the rock n roll scene as a prominent member of Aerosmith, and has gained fame not only for his guitar playing skills, but contribution for songwriting and is in fact, been listed as 84th in Rolling Stone’s list of The 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time. At the moment, there are no details into what caused him to collapse, and drugs and alcohol have not been ruled out. We wish him a speedy recovery and quick taking over the stage once again!