Ten days after his dramatic collapse in the backstage of a Billy Joel concert, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry canceled a solo tour that was due to start next week. "While the doctors have freed Perry from medical care," says a press release, "the Aerosmith guitarist will now take the rest of the year. Perry again wishes to apologize to the fans who planned to attend the shows and hopes to see them again in 2019. "
Perry joined Billy Joel in the middle of his November 10 concert at Madison Square Garden to perform "Walk This Way," but not long after he left the stage, reports surfaced in TMZ that he had been taken to the hospital. According to the report, the paramedics spent 40 minutes working with him in his dressing room after he collapsed in his dressing room. Perry's camp confirmed that he was given oxygen and that a tracheal tube was used to clear his airway. Three days later, he posted a short statement on Instagram: "Doing it well, thanks for all the love and support."
A similar incident took place in July 2016 when Perry collapsed on stage during a show in Brooklyn with the Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup that also features Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp. He appeared sick all night and near the end he staggered towards the drum and fell to the ground. He was taken offstage by members of the New York Police Department. Later, he blamed the incident for a combination of "dehydration and exhaustion" and returned to the stage in a matter of weeks.
Earlier this year, Perry released a solo LP titled Sweetzerland Manifesto. He was going to tour behind him with a new band with Extreme leader Gary Cherone and his fellow Aerosmith guitarist, Brad Whitford. Now that those dates are canceled, his next public appearance is February 1, 2019 when Aerosmith is playing a Super Bowl concert in Atlanta, Georgia. In April, they are scheduled to start a residency at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.