According to TMZ, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was rushed to a hospital after playing “Walk This Way” with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York last night (November 10). Perry collapsed in his dressing room after the performance and paramedics were sent to the scene. They reportedly worked on Perry for 40 minutes and even put a trachea down his throat. He was then taken out of the venue on a stretcher. In an update, the site added that Perry was having “breathing issues for the last few weeks and it came to a head last night” due to congestion in his lungs. He is still in the hospital, but he appears to be doing good and may be released as early as Sunday afternoon.
UPDATE: Perry’s publicist has now commented:
“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 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.”