Joe Perry Now Stable After Hollywood Vampires Gig Health Emergency
While performing with the Hollywood Vampires on Sunday night in Brooklyn, guitarist Joe Perry collapsed on stage. But, according to his bandmates, which include Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, Perry's condition has now stabilized.
Those who were at the venue noted that Perry look considerably thin a few minutes before he performed onstage. Despite this, those around him said he looked fine as the band went on with its VIP meet-and-greet session about 30 minutes before the concert, Billboard reported.
The incident occurred as the band was playing its first song of the night at the Ford Amphitheater. In videos taken by concert goers, Perry can be seen playing his guitar while sitting near the drum set. However, a few seconds into the clip, the artist stops playing and staggers offstage.
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According to ABC7NY, the event's attendees saw Perry collapse backstage. That's when firefighters came to the aid of the the 65-year-old rocker to carry him off.
An audience member who was an emergency medical technician reportedly rushed to the stage to perform CPR on Perry.
Perry was immediately rushed to the Coney Island Hospital for tests and then was transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. A few hours after the incident, Cooper, the vocalist of the Hollywood Vampires, confirmed through Twitter that Perry's condition had stabilized and he was on his way to recovery.
The band carried on with the show despite the iconic guitarist's absence and health emergency. However, the members revised their set for the night and left out songs that have been closely associated with Perry. These include the Fleetwood Mac cover song, "Stop Messin' Around," as well as Aerosmith's "Sweet Emotion" and "Train Kept A-Rollin."
The Hollywood Vampires' next live performance is on July 12 at the Fraze Pavilion in Kettering, Ohio. They are also scheduled to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week. However, even though Perry is now doing fine, it's not yet clear if he will be able to join his bandmates in these shows.