Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, 61, was airlifted to a hospital in South Dakota after falling off the stage during a concert at the famed Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Tyler was dancing around the stage while singing “Love in an Elevator” when he stepped back and fell off the stage into the crowd. The AP reports that Tyler suffered minor head and neck injuries as well as a shoulder injury and was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital for evaluation. Further details on his current condition are unavailable.
This is not the first injury for Aerosmith this year- Tyler had injured his knee June 28 during a concert in Uncas Connecticut. Band member/guitarist Joe Perry was out for emergency surgery to take care of an infection in his knee on which he had knee replacement surgery in 2008. That replacement had resulted from an injury from a stage fall 23 years earlier.
Although many “rock stars” are aging, their popularity is apparently not waning at all, leading to many being back on the road to tour. Examples include, Bruce Springstein, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, and of course, the Rolling Stones to name a few. Madonna recently injured her ankle during a concert in Paris, and Rockstar Supernova’s Jason Newsted had to be temporarily replaced because of a shoulder injury.
As our rock star population continues to age, it will not be surprising to have many more injuries to report. This is because aging causes:
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