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Steven Tyler expresses concern about Joe Perry's health

As the mystery about what caused Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry to collapse during a Hollywood Vampires show last weekend continues, his musical brother, Steven Tyler, has expressed frustration that even he doesn’t know what is going on.

Tyler told Billboard in an interview Thursday that Perry’s health situation is “starting to scare” him a bit.

"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," Tyler said.

Perry was hospitalized in New York Sunday night after reportedly going into cardiac arrest a couple of songs into the Hollywood Vampires set. The band continued to play and after the show, Vampires frontman Alice Cooper tweeted that Perry had been stabilized at the hospital.

While The Hollywood Vampires continue to tour, there is no word when Perry might rejoin them.

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Tyler, meanwhile, isn’t even thinking about Aerosmith’s fall dates in South America and is focused on his friend’s recovery.

“I don't give a s*** about the band," he told Billboard. "I want Joe to live. 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."

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