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Bret Michaels hospitalized in Nashville, Poison cancels set

Poison's Bret Michaels said he was hospitalized after suffering "an unforeseen medical complication."
Credit: Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP
Bret Michaels performs during Bret Michaels' Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, in St. Charles, Ill. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

WASHINGTON — Rock singer Bret Michaels was hospitalized in Nashville Thursday, just before he was set to perform with his band at Nissan Stadium. 

Michaels is the lead singer of the 80s metal band Poison, known for hits such as the chart-topping "Every rose has its thorn." 

The group was set to perform in Nashville as part of a stadium tour with Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. 

The other members of Poison broke the news to the crowd at Thursday's concert that Michaels was in the hospital "due to a bad reaction to a medication," a video shared on Facebook showed

Michaels, 59, apologized to fans in a social media post Friday morning

"To the incredible fans in Nashville, thank you for all your well wishes!!," the singer wrote. "I was truly fired up to get on stage in the Music City and perform, but due to an unforeseen medical complication and following hospitalization, it was not possible." 

The other bands accompanying Poison on the tour still performed at the show. 

"I send my deepest apologies for being unable to rock the stage tonight!!! I’m working on being back 100% very soon and hope you rocked hard with my friends Motley/Leppard/Joan and Classless Act!!!" Michaels wrote. 

No further details about his hospitalization have been released. It's unclear when Michaels will be back on the road or when Poison will be able to perform again on the tour. The next scheduled shows are Saturday in Florida and Sunday in Mississippi. 

As a child, Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and suffered a warning stroke in 2010. That same year, doctors found the singer had a hole in his heart — a patent foramen ovale  — and operated on him to repair the issue. 

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