Guitarist Joe Perry was hospitalized Sunday night after falling ill and collapsing on stage while playing with rock supergroup The Hollywood Vampires in New York. And while Perry’s camp has posted to the 65-year-old’s Facebook page that he is in stable condition, his longtime Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler remains concerned.
In an interview with Billboard, Tyler said he has been unable to get in touch with Perry. “It’s starting to scare me a little bit,” he said. And while he assured fans the cause for collapse remains fainting due to exhaustion, Tyler added, “But I know my brother. He’s just about the only other guy that’s as passionate about his art as I am. He’s always asking me to do three, four [Aerosmith] shows in a row, and I can’t. I’ll blow my voice out. I know how to maintain my career, my health, and Joe’s passionate. I don’t think he knows how to. I think he’s out there and someone’s overbooking him. They’re doing like eight or nine shows in a row, or five in a row. I think they’re all a little burnt. I think they may need to look at that. Not young anymore, y’know?”
Perry was playing his eighth show in 10 days and his fourth consecutive with the Vampires, which also features Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, when he collapsed. “I’m really concerned and worried right now that I’m not getting any news,” Tyler said. “I’m a little bummed out, and that scares me. I don’t know whether it’s heat prostration or whether he’s been working himself too hard or getting off on wrong things passionately. I don’t know what it is, but I know that nobody’s talking to me. I can only tell you that Joe’s my brother and I love him so much.”
Tyler’s full interview is available on Billboard’s website.