Aerosmith cancels Venezuela gig

Joe Perry sidelined by knee replacement surgery

Rock veterans Aerosmith have canceled what would have been their first concert in Venezuela after guitarist Joe Perry was forced to undergo emergency knee surgery, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

The band was scheduled to headline the Solid Fest at Estadio Olimpico in Caracas on February 1.

But Perry, 58, developed "unforeseen complications" with the replacement knee that he received last March. He attended the American Music Awards last November sporting a cane.

"Playing Venezuela was my idea of a perfect way to start the New Year," singer Steven Tyler said in a statement. "But having heard Joe had to revisit the hospital this month, the band are truly disappointed we can't be in Caracas, and we hope to see everyone there soon."

Tyler has also been laid low by health problems. The singer, who has long battled substance abuse, checked into rehab last May saying he wanted "a safe environment" to recover from a series of painful foot surgeries. In 2006, bassist Tom Hamilton underwent a seven-week course of radiation treatment for throat cancer.

Aerosmith, a hard-partying band that rose to fame in the early 1970s as America's answer to the Rolling Stones, have been making plans to record their first album of new material since 2001's "Just Push Play." The spokeswoman declined to say how the plans would be affected by Perry's surgery.