Bret Michaels hospitalized for ‘bad reaction’ to medication; Nashville poison show canceled

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The band Poison had to cancel their Thursday night show in Nashville when frontman Bret Michaels was hospitalized just before taking the stage, according to reports.

No official reason has been given for his hospitalization, but TMZ reported it may be related to a side effect of COVID-19 medication caused by his diabetes.

DeVille, Rikki Rockett and Bret Michaels of Poison perform onstage during The Stadium Tour at Nationals Park on June 22, 2022 in Washington, D.C.
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Band members reportedly took to the stage to let concertgoers know that Michaels had had a “bad reaction to medication” and that they wouldn’t be able to do the show without him.

The band has two more shows scheduled this weekend – in Florida and Mississippi – which are now on the air.

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“I came all the way from KC to watch poison,” one fan tweeted. Bret Michaels has been hospitalized. No poison in Nashville.”

The band is currently touring with Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The tour kicked off in mid-June and is expected to end in Las Vegas on September 9.

Michaels, 59, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child and has had some health problems in recent years.

In 2010, Michaels suffered a brain haemorrhage and spent two weeks in intensive care. He later said it felt like he had been shot in the back of the head.

“I knew I was swallowing my words, and I was like, ‘OK, this isn’t a headache. There’s something really bad going on,'” he told People magazine at the time.

Bret Michaels of Poison performs onstage during The Stadium Tour at Nationals Park on June 22, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

Bret Michaels of Poison performs onstage during The Stadium Tour at Nationals Park on June 22, 2022 in Washington, D.C.
(Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation)

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“I’m so thankful. I’m celebrating the anniversary as being on the good side of the dirt and survival,” he told the magazine again 10 years after the health emergency. “I never celebrate the brain haemorrhage.”

In 2011, the singer also had surgery after a mini-stroke to repair a hole in his heart.

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Bret Michaels of Poison performs onstage during The Stadium Tour at Truist Park on June 16, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Bret Michaels of Poison performs onstage during The Stadium Tour at Truist Park on June 16, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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“I thank a higher power that I am alive today,” he told People a year after that surgery. “It just wasn’t my time to go. I know I’m still here for a reason. So working with charities and helping others has become very important to me.”

In 2014, Michaels underwent kidney surgery and was hospitalized six times in two weeks after the procedure, guitarist-friend Peter Evick wrote on Facebook at the time.

“Bret remains steadfast in his commitment to bring the music to the people. He really needs to be stopped from performing,” he said.

Evick wrote that Michaels had insisted on performing and had to be hospitalized again after performances.

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“Bret was again taken to hospital and this time he was given drugs that would contain him,” Evick wrote in 2014. “The doctors basically refused to release him. This forced us to postpone the charity event again. Bret was really devastated. Actually, it’s an honor for me that he always raises the concern for the fans first before addressing his condition.”

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