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blink-182 tops charts; Joe Perry collapses on stage

July 11, 2016 GMT

It’s a chart-topping victory for blink-182 and an alarming, on-stage collapse for veteran Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, whose band is scheduled to perform its sole U.S. concert date of the year Sept. 16 at the second annual KAABOO Del Mar festival.

These are two of the biggest music-related stories of this still young week, following Sunday’s disclosure that R&B vocal great Chaka Khan had entered a rehabilitation facility with her sister to overcome their addiction to fentanyl, the powerful opioid pan killer that an official autopsy has cited as the cause of the April 21 death of Prince.

For Poway-bred blink-182, which performs July 21 and 22 at SDSU’s Viejas Arena, the news is good.

The Poway-bred pop-pink trio’s new album, “California” —its first without estranged guitarist, singer and band co-founder Tom DeLonge — has entered the national Billboard charts at No. 1. By doing so, blink has knocked Drake’s “Views” out of the top spot, which it had held for the past nine weeks.

“California” is blink’s band’s first album since 2011′s “Neighborhoods.” It is also the band’s first with new guitarist Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio filling in for the errant DeLonge. “California” sold 186,000 copies, while Drake’s “Views” sold 117,000 copies. “Views” sold 852,000 copies in its first week of release.

The news for Aerosmith co-founder Joe Perry and his fans if far more sobering.

The 65-year-old guitarist collapsed backstage Sunday night just two songs into a New York concert at Coney Island with Hollywood Vampires, the recently launched band that teams him with Alice Cooper and actor/guitarist Johnny Depp. According to multiple reports, a seemingly dazed Perry slumped against a drum riser on stage as the Vampires performed its second song, a cover version of Spirit’s “I Got a Line On You.”

He then unevenly made his way backstage, where he apparently collapsed, was treated by an emergency medial team and was rushed to a hospital. Tha Vampires, which also features Stone Temple Pilots bassust Robert DeLeo and former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, performed the rest of its set without him.

The exact nature of Perry’s health problem is not yet known. According to a message posted at 10:03 p.m. Sunday on his Twitter page, Perry is in stable condition. The message reads: “Thanks to all of the fans reaching out and asking about Joe. He is stable right now, with family and is under the best care.” Perry’s Facebook page has the same, two-sentene message.

Cooper also posted a tweet about Perry, writing: “Thanks to everyone asking about our brother @JoePerry. He is stable right now, with family & is under the best care.”