Joe Perry, Aerosmith’s lead guitarist and founding member, was rushed to hospital following a surprise performance alongside Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
After playing the band’s 1975 hit “Walk This Way,” Perry collapsed backstage. Paramedics worked on the 68-year-old for about 40 minutes, according to TMZ, before taking him to the hospital.
Perry’s representatives issued the following statement: “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. This morning Perry remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive.”
The statement also noted that Perry “is expected to return to the road later this month.”
This is the second time the guitarist has fallen ill following a gig. Back in 2016, he collapsed at Coney Island Boardwalk amphitheater following a show with supergroup Hollywood Vampires.