CONCORD -- The Aerosmith concert scheduled for tonight at the Concord Pavilion has been canceled due to an illness in the legendary band, according an announcement on the venue's Facebook page, posted hours before the show.

The band -- performing with opening act Slash, formerly of Guns N' Roses -- was scheduled to play the Concord venue at 7:30 p.m. as part of their Let Rock Rule tour.

"Due to illness, Aerosmith has been forced to cancel tonight's performance at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA," the Pavilion posted on their Facebook page. "The band regrets not being able to perform for their fans. Refunds will be available at point of purchase."

On the promoter Live Nation's website, there was a brief announcement: "This event has been canceled. Refunds at Point of Purchase only. Internet & Phone orders will automatically be canceled & refunded."

The band also announced the cancellation on its website. Band spokeswoman Marcee Rondan said she could not release more information about the illness.

"The band apologizes for the inconvenience to its fans," she said.

Gossip website TMZ reported Wednesday afternoon that drummer Joey Kramer had heart complications Tuesday and the band plans to cancel its next show in Washington as well.

Citing a source close to the band, the site said the 64-year-old drummer will undergo heart surgery and has had heart issues in the past.


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With no specifics about the cancellation, fans spent Wednesday posting angry comments on the venue's social media page.

"Unbelievable! I've been waiting for 2 years for this!!" one woman wrote. Others complained about the late notice.

One ticket purchaser received an automated e-mail from Ticketmaster alerting her to the cancellation at 1:18 p.m. Wednesday. The company said her purchase and fees were automatically refunded.

Aersomith fan Ellen Edwards flew out from Chicago on Tuesday to attend the concert with her old high school friend.

"It's a bummer to miss this one. I'm sure every fan feels this way," said the 66-year-old who will instead visit with her daughter who lives in Oakland. "It's not a total loss, but it's highly annoying. I wish they would have announced it even just a couple days earlier."

Had she known, Edwards said she would have attended singer-songwriter Anders Osborne's show back in her hometown.

Barbara, a Benicia resident who's "over 25" and didn't want to use her last name, said she had planned to attend the concert with seven other friends.

"I'm a fan of and I'd love to see Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, so I'm kinda bummed," she said.

"But I'm not a kid, so I'm also happy to get a good night's rest," she laughed.

The band's last scheduled appearance at the Pavilion was also canceled.

Aerosmith was scheduled to perform with ZZ Top in radio station 107.7-FM The Bone's annual Bone Bash concert in August 2009, but the show was called off weeks before when Tyler fell off stage while dancing at a Sturgis, S.D. show. The frontman broke his shoulder and cut the back of his head, canceling the rest of the band's tour.

"I was doing the Tyler shuffle and then I zigged when I should have zagged," Tyler told People magazine at the time.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act, which has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, was selling tickets for Wednesday's Concord show for between $48 and $234.

Following the cancellation, tickets went on sale at The Fillmore in San Francisco for Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators.

For Concord Pavilion refunds visit www.livenation.com or www.aerosmith.com.

Contact Matthias Gafni at 925-952-5026. Follow him at Twitter.com/mgafni.