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Aerosmith cancel gig hours before showtime after Steven Tyler falls ill

The 74-year-old was hours away from taking to the stage (Picture: REX)

Aerosmith were forced to cancel a show, hours before taking to the stage, after Steven Tyler fell ill.

The band were set to perform in Vegas on Friday, performing their hits to a packed crowd at the Dolby Live.

Sadly, fans had their dreams of seeing their favourite band crushed just two hours before the curtain lifted.

The band announced the sad news with a statement, assuring their supporters that 74-year-old frontman is expected to make a ‘full recovery’.

‘It is with great disappointment that we are forced to cancel tonight’s show in Las Vegas due to Steven feeling unwell and unable to perform,’ the group wrote.

‘He is expected to make a full recovery for Monday night’s Las Vegas show. We sincerely apologise for the last minute notice.’

The singer is expected to make a full recovery from his illness (Picture: Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock)

Those with tickets are eligible for an automatic refund if purchased via Ticketmaster, while all other refunds will be ‘available at point of purchase’.

Fans of the Boston-based rock band were keen to send their well wishes to Steven, but plenty were also left frustrated after making a lengthy journey especially for the concert.

‘Devastated 💔 found out as we were walking into the Park MGM. Get better 💔’, one fan wrote on Instagram.

The band released a statement to confirm that tickets will be eligible for refunds (Picture: Instagram)

‘I’m devastated. We came from LA and were heading there now’, added another.

A third wrote: ‘Second time I’m here in Vegas and you cancel. Very disappointing.’

However, others were quick to offer a reminder that Steven ‘can’t help’ being ill, as one Instagram user urged people to read the whole statement before ‘kicking off’.

Steven’s illness comes a few months after he left rehab after checking in back in May. There has been no suggestion that his latest health woes are related to his addiction struggles.

The band have been supportive of the frontman with his treatment for addiction in the past (Picture: Andre Csillag/REX/Shutterstock)

The singer was said to be doing ‘amazingly well’ in July after seeking treatment, reportedly staying longer than the 30 days he was due to complete to ensure he was ready to leave.

He was said to be ‘totally clean and sober’, with a source adding to TMZ that he is ‘realistic’ about his recovery and recognises his addiction struggles.

Steven, who formed Aerosmith in the 1970s, has previously spoken of his struggles with drugs.

Getting candid in an interview with Haute Living, he explained that his bandmates – Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, Joey Kramer, and Brad Whitford – and management staged an intervention at one point in 1988.

It took him ‘many years’ for him to overcome the anger he felt towards them and to realise his gratitude for the incident.

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