Joe Perry was supposed to be in Fort Lauderdale, Florida Sunday at the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, but instead he is recovering from what a source close to him tells us was a "breathing episode" backstage at New York's Madison Square Garden.
It happened Saturday after Perry was Billy Joel's guest for a version of "Walk This Way." TMZ reports that he collapsed in his dressing room and paramedics worked on him for 40 minutes, including putting a tracheal tube down his throat to clear the air path, before he was taken to the hospital.
His spokeswoman issued a statement Sunday afternoon to say that he "remains in the hospital where he is alert and responsive."
Perry was also supposed to come out for the night's final number -- "You May Be Right" into Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll."
In late 2018, Joe Perry recalled passing out on stage at the Hollywood Vampires show in Brooklyn, NY in 2016:
"I couldn't [have] done it in a worst place. It was terrible. I mean I've passed out before on stage, but never in such a public way."
Perry was in town Friday to talk about his new single, "Quake," and for Billy's monthly show at Madison Square Garden before he was due to fly right after the show to Fort Lauderdale for the Fantasy Camp.
Joe Perry talked about Billy Joel and being asked to perform with him this past Saturday, November 10th:
"I've got an incredible amount of respect for Billy Joel. He's always got a great band. His shows are always kick-ass. And he's from New York -- I think his [first] record came out the same year ours did -- in '73. You know, I mean we're like exactly from the same generation. I guess his agent and my agent were having lunch and, you know, he had these shows and he suggested me sitting in and it was like, 'Yeah.'"