Aerosmith's Joe Perry Cancels Pasadena Performance After Hospital Visit

Published : Sunday, November 25, 2018 | 5:51 AM

Perry playing his "Billie" guitar (featuring an image of his wife Billie) while performing with Aerosmith in Grand Rapids, Michigan on August 4, 2015

Legendary guitarist Joe Perry, co-founder, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith, won’t be performing at The Rose in Pasadena as previously scheduled for December 13.

Earlier this year Perry joined Johnny Depp onstage in Pasadena with the Stone Temple Pilots for the set closer.

Perry, who was rushed to the hospital on November 10 after collapsing onstage in a guest appearance with Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden in New York, has canceled his solo tour that was to begin November 30 and wrap up on December 16. He has since been released.

The rock legend, in a message posted on his website, indicated he was taking the rest of the year off.

“Just wanted to thank everyone for all of the kind messages I’ve received this week. I’m home and doing well, but the doctor recommends a bit more downtime before getting out to rock again, so regrettably I had to cancel my upcoming tour dates,” Perry wrote. “Was really looking forward to playing these shows with Brad and Gerry and seeing all of you who were planning to come out and support us. We will be back as soon as possible. Wishing you all happy holidays and looking forward to seeing you in 2019.”

Perry was supposed to perform at The Rose and the rest of the tour with Aerosmith rhythm and co-lead guitarist Brad Whitford and Extreme’s Gary Cherone, who’s also former lead singer of the Pasadena group Van Halen.

Throughout his career, Perry has achieved permanent iconic stature in rock history. Over the course of four decades, he has helped propel Aerosmith to sales of more than 150 million albums, critical acclaim, four Grammy Awards (one of which includes the guitar-based instrumental “Boogie Man”) and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Aerosmith other key milestones over the nearly 50 year history include 12 MTV Video Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, six Billboard Music Awards, eight American Music Awards, 23 Boston Music Awards, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Song, “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” from the soundtrack to the film “Armageddon.”

The Rose said refunds for the canceled appearance are available at point of purchase.

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