Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has been hospitalized with breathing problems that began after a guest performance with Billy Joel in New York.
Perry’s publicists said in a statement Sunday that the musician is alert and responsive in the hospital and is expected to return to the road later this month.
The statement says Perry felt short of breath after the performance at Madison Square Garden. It adds paramedics backstage gave Perry oxygen and used a tracheal tube to clear his airway before taking him to the hospital.
Perry had to cancel a Sunday appearance at a rock fantasy camp in Florida. The 68-year-old Perry had joined the 69-year-old Joel on stage for a rendition of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”
Paramedics responded and worked on the musician for 40 minutes, reportedly “placing a tracheal tube down his throat to clear the air path” and then rushed Perry to the hospital. His condition is not known. Rock radio host tweeted, “Sending my best to rock icon and friend @JoePerry . Joe was just with me on my last radio special from LA. I’m hearing he’s doing well today thankfully! Be well Joe!!”
The guitarist remains in the hospital, where Perry is “alert and responsive,” according to his representative Marcee Rondan.