Joe Perry collapses at gig

Johnny Depp (left) and Joe Perry of Hollywood Vampires performing at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in New York on Sunday.
Johnny Depp (left) and Joe Perry of Hollywood Vampires performing at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in New York on Sunday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

NEW YORK • Aerosmith's lead guitarist Joe Perry staggered off the stage at a concert in Brooklyn on Sunday night, amid reports from witnesses that he appeared ill during the show.

Perry, 65, was performing at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk with supergroup Hollywood Vampires, alongside his bandmates, actor Johnny Depp and rocker Alice Cooper, when he staggered offstage and collapsed.

Cooper said on Twitter hours later that Perry "is stable right now with family and is under the best care".

"Joe Perry is stable and resting," a band representative said, without offering further detail on his condition.

Billboard magazine reported that a Facebook account quoted Cooper, 68, as saying from the stage: "If you notice one of our brothers is not onstage with us, he was very sick before the show."

Perry posted on Twitter just hours before being taken ill: "Warming up with Tommy. #HollywoodVampires @ Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk", along with a link to a photo of him and backup guitarist Tommy Henriksen playing.

Fans at the show said Perry had appeared onstage only briefly at the beginning of the set before leaving. On social media, fans said he had appeared out of sorts before walking offstage.

"He had to sit on a drum kit and then went behind a small wall and passed out," a fan posted on Instagram, alongside a video of Perry on the drum. "FDNY and NYPD carried him off quickly," she added, referring to the New York City fire and police departments.

"He wasn't looking well, he swaggered offstage," concertgoer Rosemarie Dija said. "I saw Johnny Depp mouth 'Joe' to Alice Cooper. I'm just praying he's okay."

A fan named Chyanne Leeland, 20, said she was waiting for a backstage pass when she saw medics rush by with a man on a stretcher, eyes rolled back, with an oxygen mask.

Concertgoer Philip Luppy, 52, said that later in the show, Cooper announced from the stage that Perry was sick. "The show just went on," he added.

Perry was among the founding members of Aerosmith in 1970 with Steven Tyler. He has released albums as a solo musician and with his other band, The Joe Perry Project. Hollywood Vampires were formed last year, with Perry joining Cooper and Depp in a tribute to 1970s rock 'n' roll.

REUTERS, NEW YORK TIMES

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