Written by: Alex Green
Joe Perry has cancelled all of his tour dates for the rest of 2018.
Perry was set to begin a solo tour at the end of the month to promote his new album Sweetzerland Manifesto, but the official word from his publicist Marcee Rondan of the Mitch Schneider Organization, is that those dates are now off the table.
In a press release Rondan wrote: “Joe Perry–legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith–has cancelled his fall headlining shows as he continues to take some time off following his recent hospital visit. While doctors have released Perry from care, with the dates set to begin November 30 and going through December 16, the Aerosmith guitarist will now take the rest of the year off. Perry again would like to apologize to the fans who were planning on coming to the shows and looks forward to seeing them again in 2019. Refunds are available at point of purchase.”
Perry collapsed backstage after an early November show at Madison Square Garden with Billy Joel. He was treated by paramedics who gave him oxygen and inserted an airway-clearing tracheal tube prior to transporting him to the hospital.
Joel finished the show, unaware that Perry was in distress.
A fan at the show told SEM she was also unaware of Perry feeling ill. “He sounded great and he looked fine,” she said. “I don’t think anyone suspected anything was wrong.”