It seems as if musicians, from international headliners to local lights, are being wheeled into hospitals with alarming frequency.
Lou Reed was taken to a Long Island hospital on June 30, to be treated for dehydration. The 71-year-old rocker received a liver transplant in May and had just made his first post-surgery appearance at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics, and chemistry,” he posted on Facebook.
Steven Tyler, the 65-year-old frontman of Aerosmith, will undergo knee surgery later this year. “I had ACL reconstructions, and in November I’m getting knee-replacement surgery,” he told Rolling Stone. “It’ll take me about three or four months to recover.... I’ve had so many operations on my knees and feet that, just to be standing, is a miracle.”
Here in San Diego, Blitz Brothers founder Richard Livoni underwent an emergency surgical procedure on his eyes on June 20, after suffering retinal detachment. He reports that his vision seems to be returning to normal, and he should be well enough for the band to keep their July 25 gig backing up Johnny Winter at the Belly Up in Solana Beach.
Gregory Page’s recent bout with bronchitis and laryngitis during a European tour forced him to postpone his scheduled U.K. shows. “After a canceled concert in Belgium on Saturday night, at 4:30 in the morning, I was rushed to a hospital after fainting with a fever of 105 degrees,” he said via Facebook.
North County’s Cindy Lee Berryhill underwent emergency appendicitis surgery on June 21. The 48-year-old singer/songwriter’s husband, music journalist and Crawdaddy! magazine founder Paul Williams, passed away in March after a long illness dating back to a 1995 bicycling accident.
As for Berryhill’s stint in the hospital, “If I hadn’t had my friend there [Paula Luber, pictured], they would’ve kept me overnight, ’cause [of the] no driving rule,” she says. “Their argument is ‘too many bad germs in hospital,’ so not a bad idea to leave.”
Berryhill has recovered enough to begin teaching guitar again. “I don’t look like I had surgery,” she says. “I just look like I’m three months pregnant.”