Steven Tyler says that he is “really concerned and worried” that he hasn’t gotten any news from his AEROSMITH bandmate Joe Perry, who collapsed onstage and was hospitalized Sunday during a show with HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES.
The AEROSMITH singer tells Billboard.com that he’s placed calls to check on the guitarist without any reply. “It’s starting to scare me a little bit,” Tyler says. “I know they’re putting out nothing, but he’s recovering, he’s really good, he fainted, exhaustion. But I know my brother. He’s just about the only other guy that’s as passionate about his art as I am. He’s always asking me to do three, four [AEROSMITH] shows in a row, and I can’t. I’ll blow my voice out. I know how to maintain my career, my health, and Joe‘s passionate. I don’t think he knows how to. I think he’s out there and someone’s overbooking him. They’re doing like eight or nine shows in a row, or five in a row. I think they’re all a little burnt. I think they may need to look at that. Not young anymore, y’know?”
Tyler adds that his primary concern is for the well-being of his longtime friend and not for the future of AEROSMITH, which is scheduled to kick off a South American tour on September 29.
“I don’t give a shit about the band. I want Joe to live,” Tyler says. “I’m really concerned and worried right now that I’m not getting any news. I’m a little bummed out, and that scares me. I don’t know whether it’s heat prostration or whether he’s been working himself too hard or getting off on wrong things passionately. I don’t know what it is, but I know that nobody’s talking to me. I can only tell you that Joe‘s my brother and I love him so much.”
The exact nature of Perry‘s illness has not been revealed, although unconfirmed reports suggest the 65-year-old rocker suffered a heart attack.