Bret Michaels confirms hospitalization for ‘unforeseen medical complication’

Poison frontman Bret Michaels has confirmed hospitalization that forced the band to withdraw from a concert in Nashville on Thursday.

“To the incredible fans in Nashville, thank you for all your well wishes!!” Michaels posted on his Instagram account. “I was really excited to get on stage in the music city and perform, but due to an unknown complication and after being hospitalized it was not possible. My deepest apologies for not being able to rock on stage tonight!!! I’m working to be 100% back soon and I hope you rocked hard with my friends Motley/Leppard/Joan and Classless Act!!!

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Poison was set to perform at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium on Thursday, along with Def Leppard, Motley Crüe and Joan Jett at the Nashville stop of their The Stadium Tour. The tour was supposed to start in 2020, but was postponed to 2021 and again to this year due to COVID-19. It finally started on June 16 in Atlanta and ends on September 9 in Las Vegas. It is an extensive tour of North America, with 36 concerts. The next concert is July 2 in Jacksonville.

Michaels, 59, has had health problems in the past. In 2010, he suffered a hemorrhage, which required a procedure, and later that same year, had surgery to repair a hole in his heart.

Poison has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, including 15 million in the US. The band has also had 10 singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the number one single “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”

In 1998, Michaels wrote, produced, directed and starred in the crime drama film “A Letter from Death Row”, which also starred Martin Sheen.

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