With plans to begin the new year by performing for fans in Venezuela, Aerosmith has been forced to cancel their trip and remain home while guitarist Joe Perry undergoes emergency knee surgery. The group had been scheduled to take part in the three-day Solid Fest music festival at the Estadio Olimpico stadium in Caracas.
Perry had knee replacement surgery almost a year ago after postponing the procedure for two years to allow the group to honor their live performance commitments. Perry is now reported to be suffering from “unforeseen complications” as a result of the surgery. Some sources say that a serious infection has developed and that he may require treatment involving intravenous antibiotics for up to two months.
The event would have marked Aerosmith’s first live performance in the South American nation and the group is obviously disappointed by the turn of events that forces them to call it off. The group would like to make a stop there sometime soon to perform, but there is no word yet on when that may happen.
Frontman Steven Tyler was quoted as saying, “Playing Venezuela was my idea of a perfect way to start the New Year, but having heard Joe had to revisit the hospital this month, the band are truly disappointed we can’t be in Caracas, and we hope to see everyone there soon.”