THOUGHTS: Aerosmith Guitarist Joe Perry Hospitalized in New York

Vocalist Steven Tyler (L) and guitarist Joe Perry (R) of Aerosmith perform during their “Aerosmith: Let Rock Rule” tour at The Forum in Inglewood, California July 30, 2014. Reuters/ Mario Anzuoni

By Augusta Anthony, CNN | Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was taken to a hospital in New York on Saturday night after a performance with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden.

Perry, 68, suffered from shortness of breath, according to a statement released by his spokesperson. Perry 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,” the statement said, adding that he is now “alert and responsive.”

It is not the first time the musician has been rushed to hospital after a show. In 2016, Perry appeared to collapse on stage in Coney Island, New York, during a performance with his group the Hollywood Vampires. The group includes singer Alice Cooper and actor Johnny Depp.

Perry is due to begin a tour of 10 dates later this month, according to his website. A spokesperson for Perry said he will not appear at a scheduled performance Sunday in Florida but is expected to return to the road later this month. A publicist for Joel declined to comment.
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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry Assures Fans He’s ‘Doing Well’ After Being Hospitalized

By Scott Baumgartner | Joe Perry doesn’t want fans to worry after collapsing backstage following a performance.

The Aerosmith guitarist took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to assure fans that he is on the road to recovery since the troubling incident.

“Doing well, thanks for all the love and support!” he wrote.

On Saturday night, the 68-year-old rock ’n’ roll legend performed alongside Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Afterward, he collapsed in his dressing room, according to Deadline. Ultimately, he left the venue on a stretcher.

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