Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry was reportedly rushed to hospital after collapsing backstage at Madison Square Garden over the weekend, shortly after performing the band’s hit “Walk This Way” with Billy Joel during the “Piano Man” singer’s show at the NYC venue.
As Deadline reports, the 68-year-old musician was “taken out of the Garden on a stretcher after paramedics worked on him in his dressing room, reportedly inserting a tracheal tube down his throat at one point.”
On Tuesday, Perry took to Twitter to assure fans that he is “doing well” and to thank everyone for their support.
Following the incident, Radio host Eddie Trunk issued a tweet on Sunday claiming that Perry is “doing well today thankfully.”
In addition, “a source connected with the concert” tells TMZ that Perry “looked terrible,” and that paramedics worked on the musician “for around 40 minutes in his dressing room… There was panic in the dressing room, and one eyewitness says, ‘Joe did not look good.'”
Paramedics reportedly placed Perry, who was being given oxygen, on a stretcher and rushed him to a nearby hospital.
On Sunday afternoon, a statement issued to Entertainment Weekly offered an update on Perry’s condition.
“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,” reps for Perry shared in a statement. “This morning Perry remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive.”
Prior to Perry’s collapse, Joel shared a photo of himself and the Aerosmith rocker on Instagram:
Meanwhile, Perry appeared to be in fine form while guesting with Joel onstage, according to fan-shot video of the performance:
In an update, TMZ is reporting that sources say Perry is “still in the hospital but he’s awake, doing well and could be released as early as Sunday afternoon.”
According to those sources, Perry has been experiencing “breathing issues for the last few weeks and it came to a head last night,” with those breathing issues said to involve congestion in the lungs.
Back in 2016, Perry suffered a similar collapse after performing with the Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup that also includes Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper. Unconfirmed reports at the time indicated that Perry went into cardiac arrest; sources close to the guitarist, however, claimed that he was merely suffering from “dehydration and exhaustion.”