AEROSMITH Guitarist JOE PERRY Battling 'Serious' Knee Infection

Boston.com reports that AEROSMITH has canceled its February 1 concert in Venezuela because Joe Perry is battling a serious infection in his knee. According to a source close to Perry, the guitarist had surgery on the knee at a Boston hospital last Friday (January 9), and has not yet been released. Doctors believe the infection stems from knee-replacement surgery Perry underwent 10 months ago. It's expected that the guitarist could need an IV and antibiotics for up to eight weeks.

Media outlets in Caracas, where AEROSMITH was supposed to play the Solid Fest, are erroneously reporting that Perry broke his knee in an accident Monday.

AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer posted a message online on January 5 saying that the band is ready to resume work on its next studio album. Kramer wrote, "Today is the first day Tom (Hamilton, bassist) and I are getting back together. We just rehearsed for two hours and it feels so good! We can't wait to get back into the studio and get back out on the road to do what we do best."

AEROSMITH began working on its 15th studio album last year, but put the project on hold for a while as medical issues sidelined several members of the group.

A release date has yet to be revealed for the new record, although it's tentatively slated to come out sometime in mid-2009.

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