Joe Perry, best known as guitarist of Aerosmith has returned to the stage, after collapsing during a performance with Hollywood Vampires on Sunday 10th July.
The 65-year-old Perry was performing at the Coney Island Amphitheatre in New York when he stumbled backstage before losing consciousness. He was revived by EMTs on site and rushed to Brooklyn Hospital around 9.30pm. Reports suggest that the official cause of the collapse was exhaustion and dehydration.
A promising photo was uploaded to Perry’s Instagram just one hour before the show. It shows Perry warming up with touring rhythm guitarist Tommy Henrikson.
Frontman Alice Cooper has been keeping the public informed via Twitter and the Aerosmith fan site. He states, “if you notice one of our brothers was not on stage with us, he was very sick before the show” via AeroFANatic. A few hours later he also tweeted, “Thanks to everyone asking about our brother @JoePerry. He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care.”
Hollywood Vampires started making music together in 2015. The project is a homage to artists dying of excess in the ’70s. The name is inspired by The Hollywood Vampires, a superstar drinking club founded by Alice Cooper. Members of the club included John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and Mickey Dolenz, to name a few.
Hollywood Vampires first performed in September 2015 at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles. The band has a plethora of rotating touring members but the official band members are currently Cooper, Perry and actor Johnny Depp. They have released one self-titled album consisting of three originals and eleven covers of songs by The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Pink Floyd and T. Rex among others.
The Vampires have decided to continue their tour and with Perry’speedy recovery depicted in the video below, we can be hopeful for many more shows to come.