A huge bombshell has just been dropped as Poison has been forced to cancel its appearance at the recent showing of their “The Stadium Tour” concert with Motley Crue and Def Leppard in Nashville, Tennessee after the band’s lead singer Bret Michaels fell ill.
The bandmates came out on stage and announced to the audience at Nissan Stadium that he had to be hospitalized “because of an allergic reaction to medication.” All this said to an hour prior to the official announcement, Michaels had tested positive for the virus that has been taking the nation by storm, which would then force the band to cancel.
Poison have also announced that it was canceling the VIP meet-and-greet with members of the band in Nashville “due to positive cases within the Poison touring party”.
Bret Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just six years old. In 2009, Michaels was injured while performing on the Tony Awards. The following year, he had a brain hemorrhage and also underwent an emergency appendectomy. In 2014, Michaels had kidney surgery. In January 2020, Bret underwent two separate surgeries — one to repair a torn rotator cuff and another to have a patch of skin cancer removed. These are reasons why it’s so important for the vocalist to take time off.
In a 2017 interview, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett acknowledged that part of the reason the band hasn’t been motivated to work on new music has been the fact that fans rarely show interest in hearing fresh material performed live when classic rock groups go on tour. “We could write the second coming of ‘Talk Dirty To Me’, and I don’t know if people wanna hear it or not, and that’s a frustrating thing; it really is,” he said.
He continued: “Aerosmith was able to do it, but not everybody is. I mean, even The Rolling Stones have had problems with that in the last few years. So… I don’t know. But I do think it’s important to stay viable. For the ‘über fans,’ it’s always a really, really good thing. And that’s what you do it for — you do it for you, you do it for the real fans, the real true fans.”
Late Thursday night, Bret tweeted: “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 an unforeseen medical complication & following hospitalization, it was not possible. 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!!!”