By Robyn Collins
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler tells Billboard that he’s placed calls to check on bandmate Joe Perry, without any reply.
“It’s starting to scare me a little bit,” Tyler says. Perry, who collapsed onstage and was hospitalized Sunday during a show with the Hollywood Vampires in Brooklyn, is currently off the tour, though a statement earlier this week promised that he’ll “rejoin his fellow Vampires on stage again soon.”
Tyler, isn’t convinced and, is “really concerned. 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?”
It’s unclear at this point whether he will be able to join the Hollywood Vampires, or to tour South America with Aerosmith starting September 29th.
“I don’t give a s— 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.”