Guitarist Joe Perry collapses off stage in New York, taken to hospital

NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Joe Perry collapsed just off the stage during a performance in New York Sunday night and was rushed to a nearby hospital.

The 65-year-old guitarist, a longtime member of Aerosmith, was in the middle of a concert with his side band, the Hollywood Vampires at New Ford Amphitheater in Brooklyn when fan’s video appears to show Perry having to sit on the drum riser during a song. A few seconds later, he stops playing and stumbles off stage.

Perry reportedly collapsed unconscious moments later. EMTs on site were able to revie Perry and he was transported to a Brooklyn hospital about 9:30 p.m.

The band also features Alice Cooper and actor/musician Johnny Depp. According to Aerosmith fan site AeroFanatic, Cooper told the crowd a few minutes later, “If you notice one of our brothers is not onstage with us, he was very sick before show.”

The band finished the show without him, but Cooper roused the crowd to chant “Get well, Joe.”

Cooper later tweeted Perry was stable and with his family and “under the best care.”

“His brother Vampires and fans wish him a speedy recovery,” a band representative told Rolling Stone magazine.

#JoePerry collapsed on stage just now! He had to sit on drum kit and then went behind a small wall and passed out. FDNY and NYPD carried him off quickly. #Aerosmith #hollywoodvampires

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