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Bret Michaels hospitalized after ‘bad reaction’ to medication; Poison show in Nashville canceled


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

No official reason was given for his hospitalization, but TMZ reported that it may be linked to a COVID-19 adverse drug reaction 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, DC
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Band members reportedly took the stage to let viewers know that Michaels suffered a “bad reaction to medication” and that they couldn’t do the show without him.

The band has two more shows scheduled for the weekend — in Florida and Mississippi — which are up on the air now.

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“Came from KC to watch poison,” one fan tweeted. “Bret Michaels has been admitted to the hospital. No poison in Nashville.”

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

Michaels, 59, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes as a child and has struggled with health issues for the past few years.

In 2010, Michaels suffered a brain hemorrhage and was in intensive care for two weeks. He later said he felt like he had been shot in the back of the neck.

“I knew I was slurring my words badly, and I was like, ‘OK, that’s not 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, DC

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

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“I’m so grateful. I celebrate this anniversary as being on the right side of the dirt and surviving,” he told the magazine 10 years after the health emergency. “I never celebrate brain hemorrhage.”

In 2011, the singer also underwent surgery following 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.
(Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Live Nation)

“I thank a higher power that I’m alive today,” he told People a year after the surgery. “It just wasn’t the time to leave. 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, his guitarist friend Peter Evick wrote on Facebook at the time.

“Bret continues to be unwavering in his dedication to bringing music to people. He really needs to be restrained from playing,” he said.

Evick wrote that Michaels insisted on performing and would then have to be re-hospitalized after the performances.

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“Bret was again taken to the hospital and this time given medication that would hold him down,” Evick wrote in 2014. “Doctors basically refused to release him. Forcing us to reschedule the event again charity. actually honorable to me that he always brings up fans’ concern before addressing his condition.”


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