Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry says it was "really tough" to leave for the band's tour of Australia in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The band watched the horror unfold on TV while they were at Boston's Logan International Airport waiting for a flight to Australia ahead of their dates this month. Two bombs exploded close to the finish line of the annual Massachusetts race, and Perry has revealed that his children were nearby when the blasts went off that killed three people and injured more than 170, and several of their friends were hurt. Perry, who hails from the area, admits he came close to staying in Boston so he could comfort his family after the atrocity.
Speaking at a press conference in Sydney, Perry told reporters, "It was really tough getting on the plane, I have to say, the news was just dribbling in. As they were putting the body counts on the TV we're in the waiting room to get on a plane and I'm flying how many ... miles away from where my kids are. They were both watching the race, and both of them have lost friends. It's really tough." The band's frontman Steven Tyler adds, "My love goes out to everybody there ... God bless the people that got hurt. ... It's a crazy world right now and people are echoing what they see in the news and we just have to be more careful about it."
The stars spoke before Boston made headlines again early Friday morning when police officers were involved in a shootout in the Watertown area as they attempted to apprehend two brothers wanted in connection with the bombing. One of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed, but his 19-year-old brother Dzhokhar remains at large. Perry addressed the latest development in a post in his Twitter page, writing, "Watching TV... can't believe what's happening in Watertown. Hang in there Boston our thoughts are with you."
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