Joe Perry will be making his return to the Hollywood Vampires on Friday (July 22) when the group performs at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif. Vampires mate Alice Cooper tweeted the news, announcing, "Joe is back! Joe Perry returns to the hollywoodvamps tour tomorrow, 7/22 & will be with us thru the end!"
Perry collapsed on stage during the all-star group's July 10 show in Brooklyn; No cause has been announced, and speculation has run the gamut from cardiac arrest to dehydration and exhaustion. The Vampires -- which also includes actor Johnny Depp, former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo -- have four more shows left on their summer tour, and before the collapse Perry told us he's been having a ball with the group:
"The whole lineup is just, y'know, I mean we've all got hundreds of hours if you add it all up, of playing in front of big, huge crowds, small crowd, middle crowds, whatever. We've seen it all...Everybody's so good and everybody's got each other's back, 'cause we're all...We're almost like a garage band, 'cause 'we've been buddies for so long. I've known Alice for 30 years, and...I’ve known all these guys way, way before I thought I'd be in a band with them."
Nevertheless, Perry's Aerosmith bandmate Steven Tyler says he's worried that the guitarist isn't up to the work regimen the Vampires are putting him through:
"I know how to maintain my career, my health, and Joe's very passionate. I don't think he knows how to. I think he's out there and someone's overbooking him even though one can say the band booked themselves. Well, that's righteous of them. But 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."
Aerosmith, meanwhile, will be touring South America starting September 29 and is talking about more touring for 2017.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.