When I first saw that there was a scary emergency situation happened at Billy Joel’s show at MSG in NYC on Saturday night, my first thought was: “How the hell did Billy Joel get a car up on stage?” But we’re talking about a situation involving Joe Perry, the 68-year-old guitarist of Aerosmith.
Billy was joined onstage by Joe for a performance of Walk This Way. Sadly, the only way Joe was leaving MSG was on a stretcher. TMZ reports that after performing the song, Joe went backstage to his dressing room, where he collapsed. Sources say that paramedics rushed to his aid, where they inserted a tube down his throat to clear his airway. One source that spoke with TMZ says that Joe “did not look good.” After working on Joe for 40 minutes, paramedics loaded him up on a stretcher and took him to the hospital.
Footage from the concert showed Joe performing and leaving the stage in a fairly normal way. Billy Joel was just about finished the show at that point, and had no idea what was happening backstage.
Sources say that the trigger of Joe’s collapse was a set of bad lungs. Joe has reportedly been dealing with breathing issues for the past few weeks, and he collapsed due to congestion in his lungs. Joe is now awake and doing well. He was supposed to perform a show in Florida last night, but that was rescheduled.
Just two years ago, Joe went down at a Hollywood Vampires show (the reason wasn’t really known, although one source claimed he went into cardiac arrest). Personally, I’d suggest Joe get a full scan to see what’s living in his lungs. Joe is sober now, but back in the 70s, Joe and Steven were known as the Toxic Twins. I’d be willing to bet that an x-ray will show evidence of calcified coke stones, thick Aqua Net residue, coagulated Jell-O Spoon Candy desert, asbestos, and at least one pair of groupie panties.