Poison frontman Bret Michaels, currently on his solo Rock of Love summer tour, was forced to postpone his June 10 concert in Myrtle Beach, SC, as he underwent a CAT scan for potential injuries sustained following a performance with his group at the Tony Awards in New York on June 7.
Michaels suffered a broken nose and cut lip when, at the end of Poison’s performance, he was struck in the head and knocked down by a descending stage prop. The June 10 concert has been rescheduled for August 6, and his tour will resume with a show tonight, June 12, in Gadsden, AL.
Following the incident, the Broadway award show issued a statement that Michaels was not injured and had simply “missed his mark” while exiting the stage.
“Whether it was a miscommunication, missed cue or missed mark no matter what the situation was the prop should have been stopped or at least slowed for a few more seconds until I cleared the stage,” said Michaels in a post on his Web site, later adding, “For God sake, they have at least a five second delay to prevent the airing of unapproved expletives and nudity!”
Michaels said that during rehearsals earlier in the day, he was never informed that a scenery drop was set during his exit and that he had “x” amount of time to get off the stage.
“I must state I found it a little strange that the only statement released by the Tony organization was that I missed my mark and that I was completely fine,” he continued, calling it “irresponsible” for the organization to issue the statement before he was fully examined.
Michaels noted, “I am not looking for an apology, I only hoped that on a human level that the Tony organizations’ representative would have expressed some concern for injury in their statement or at the very least claim they would be looking into the matter.”
Keeping a sense of humor, Michaels said: “I thank the Good Lord I have a thick skull and I have a feeling this may have been my first and final curtain call at the Tonys.”
Last Updated on June 12, 2009 by By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner