Aerosmith cut their performance at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota short last night after frontman Steven Tyler fell off the stage and was airlifted to the hospital. Tyler suffered minor head and neck injuries as well as a shoulder injury, the AP reports. Tyler’s fall came after the sound system at the Buffalo Chip Campground failed during “Love in an Elevator.” Trying to keep the crowd enthused, Tyler began dancing and spinning on the catwalk, but ultimately fell backwards into crowd. Security and audience members rushed to help Tyler, who was then brought backstage.
“I’ve never seen that happen before. But you could kind of see it coming because he was dancing all over the stage,” audience member Lance Yellow Robe, who was standing eight feet from the stage, told the Rapid City Journal. At around 12:15 a.m., with Tyler still backstage, guitarist Joe Perry told the crowd that his “brother-in-arms” was en route to the hospital and the abbreviated concert was done. Mike Sanborn, the spokesperson for the Buffalo Chip, told the AP that Tyler was “good-natured” about the whole incident. “He was in good spirits when he got in the helicopter. He was talking and joking with the physician,” Sanborn said.
As Rock Daily reported last month, Aerosmith postponed seven shows after Tyler injured his hamstring while performing in concert on June 29th. Tyler’s leg injury delayed the return of guitarist Brad Whitford, who missed the entire tour up to that point after he required surgery for bumping his head while exiting his Ferrari. Once Whitford returned, however, bassist Tom Hamilton was forced to miss a string of shows due to “non-invasive” surgery. No word yet how Tyler’s most recent injuries will affect the upcoming Canadian stretch of Aerosmith’s injury-plagued tour.
When Rolling Stone saw Aerosmith’s New York gig, at Long Island’s Jones Beach, Tyler was in fine form and the band performed Toys in the Attic in its entirety. Read our report from the show here.