Aerosmith rocker Joe Perry considered pulling out of the band's tour of Australia in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings as his children were caught up in the drama on Monday (15Apr13).
The band watched the horror unfold on Tv while they were at Boston's Logan International Airport waiting for a flight Down Under ahead of their dates this month (Apr13).
Two bombs exploded close to the finish line of the annual Massachusetts race, and Perry has revealed his children were nearby when the blasts went off, killing three people and injuring more than 170, and several of their friends were hurt.
Perry, who hails from the local area, admits he came close to leaving the tour so he could comfort his family after the atrocity.
Speaking at a press conference in Sydney, Australia, Perry told reporters, "It was really tough getting on the plane, I have to say, because the news was just dribbling in. As they were putting the body counts on the Tv we were in the waiting room to get on a plane and fly how many hundreds of thousands of miles away from where my kids are.
"They were both watching the race and both of them have lost friends. I'm still digesting it."
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. We just have to be more careful about it."
The stars were speaking before Boston hit the headlines again in the early hours of Friday morning (19Apr13) when police officers in the city became involved in a bloody 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 remained on the loose as Wenn went to press.
Perry addressed the latest development in a post in his Twitter.com page, writing, "Watching Tv... can't believe what's happening in Watertown. Hang in there Boston our thoughts are with you."
Aerosmith's tour kicks off with a performance in Sydney on Saturday (20Apr13).