Joe Perry is in stable condition after collapsing during a Hollywood Vampires concert in New York Sunday. The guitarist was playing a set with group members Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp when he stumbled off stage and fell ill, based on audience members. Emergency services officials said an ambulance was called to The Amphitheater on the Coney Island Boardwalk at about 9:40 p.m. ET.
Kevin Phalon, who was in the crowd, told NBC News the 65-year-old musician fell during the second song of the set of the supergroup. “He sat down during the tune and then walked off behind the drum set,” Phalon said. “After that, you could see an entire bunch of backstage people run off to the left side of the stage.”
The group soldiered on without Perry. Based on Billboard, at one point Cooper told the audience, “If you find among our brothers is just not onstage with us. He was quite sick before the show.”
Perry was taken to the hospital for assessment, then transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, the NYPD told the local ABC News affiliate. The group’s post-show meet-and-greet was also canceled.
At 11:20 p.m. ET, the rock band gave fans an upgrade on Perry’s health via Twitter. “Joe Perry is secure and resting,” a statement read. “His brother Vampires and enthusiasts wish him a fast recovery.” Twenty minutes after, Cooper tweeted a similar message, writing, “Thanks to everyone asking about our brother @JoePerry. He is stable right now, with family & is under the greatest care.” A tweet was also sent from Perry’s Twitter account at 12:03 a.m. PT, which read, “Thanks to all of the fans reaching out and asking about Joe. He is stable right now, with family and is under the finest care.”
Perry’s Aerosmith bandmate, Steven Tyler, has yet to comment and was performing a solo set in Vancouver Sunday.