Poison's Bret Michaels; Photo by Andrew Wendowski
Poison's Bret Michaels; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Bret Michaels Issues Statement After Abruptly Canceling Nashville Poison Concert Due To “Medical Emergency”

Bret Michaels issued a statement updating fans on his condition after abruptly canceling Poison’s Nashville performance on the Stadium Tour at Nissan Stadium due to a reported “medical emergency.”

On Friday evening (July 1), the 59-year-old Poison frontman and Pennsylvania native shared an update with fans via his website alongside an image of his arm, which had several IV injection sites.

“There are not enough words of thanks & gratitude for the well wishes from family, friends & fans,” the rock frontman wrote. “Can’t thank enough Nashville’s incredible & determined medical staff who helped me as you can see with several IV sites to run tests & administer fluids. I’m determined to try to rock Jacksonville & return for a Nashville show someday soon.”

The update comes just one day after Michaels was hospitalized, forcing Poison to suddenly cancel their performance in Nashville on The Stadium Tour just minutes before their set.

According to TMZ, audience members reported that members of Poison got on stage on Thursday (June 30) and told the crowd that Michaels had to goto the hospital for a “bad reaction to medication.”

“[Michaels] may have had a bad reaction to medication that is related to COVID… Medication that triggered a reaction as a result of his diabetes,” sources close to Michaels told TMZ.

As a result of Michaels hospitalization, the band, best known for hits songs such as “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time” and more, could not perform in Music City that evening.

Shortly after canceling their performance, Michaels took to social media to graciously thank fans for their well wishes.

“To the incredible fans in Nashville, thank you for all your well wishes!! I was truly fired up to get on stage in the Music City and perform, but due to unforeseen medical complications & following hospitalization, it was not possible,” Michaels said. “I send my deepest apologies for being unable to rock the stage tonight!!! I’m working on being back 100% very soon & hope you rocked hard with my friends Motley/Leppard/Joan and Classless Act!!!”

Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was a child and suffered a warning stroke in 2010. The “Nothin’ But A Good Time” singer’s hospitalization was not immediately released and still remains unclear.

At this time, Michaels is set to return to the stage with Poison on Saturday (July 2) in Jacksonville, Florida at TIAA Bank Field on The Stadium Tour with Motley Crue, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts as well as openers Classless Act.

Produced by Live Nation, The Stadium Tour will continue through September 9, where the tour will wrap up in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium. 

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