Reports are coming in that guitarist Joe Perry was forced to leave the stage at last nights Hollywood Vampires show in Coney Island to receive medical treatment. As of writing no cause has been released, however a representative for Joe, Sujata Murthy, stated “Joe Perry is stable and resting.”
From what I can get from reports that are still coming in, it appears Joe started the show but only got as far as the second song, a cover of Spirit's 'I Got A Line On You.' First he was forced to sit on on the front of the drum riser, clearly in distress, before leaving the stage to get help. According to reports he was quickly rushed to Coney Island Hospital, before being transferred to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
The show continued without Perry, with Alice stating from the stage "If you notice one of our brothers is not onstage with us, he was very sick before the show’.”
After the show the official Joe Perry Twitter channel posted "Thanks to all of the fans reaching out and asking about Joe. He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care" while the Hollywood Vampire's feed posted "Joe Perry is stable and resting. His brother Vampires and fans wish him a speedy recovery". The Alice Cooper feed posted "Thanks to everyone asking about our brother @Joe Perry. He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care."
(Photo (c) Kyler Clark)
Obviously this is an ongoing story so I will try and update as and when new information is released.
It goes without saying everybody in the SickthingsUK community wishes Joe all our very best wishes for a quick recovery and return to the stage.
It seems likely the tour will continue, with Joe returning if and when he is well enough to do so, but this will likely be confirmed in the coming hours or days.
Here's some links to news reports that have appeared so far which have some eye witness acounts from Coney Island: PageSix and the New York Times have quotes from fans at the show, while there is footage from the show apearing on YouTube including this short clip of Joe Leaving the stage. Video shows Ian Hunter of Mott The Hoople joined the band on stage for covers of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and Mott's "All The Young Dudes".
UPDATE: The Hollywood Vampire's appearance on the Colbert Show tonight has been canceled. Blink 182 are now listed as playing the show.
TMZ have just posted video of Alice saying that Joe is "stable" and that the rest of the Vampires tour is currently "up in the air".
UPDATE: The Alice Cooper Twitter account has confirmed the rest of the tour will be going ahead as planned.
UPDATE: Tom Hamilton, bassist with Aerosmith just posted the following message: "Thankfully, Joe seems to better then we all first feared. Here's hoping he's back on stage soon doing what he loves to do."