Ok, so maybe you've been living under a rock and missed the clip of Bret Michaels getting (nearly) beheaded at the 2009 Tony Awards. Sure, it looks bad and bandanna boy (thanks Kenny!) did go down hard. In all seriousness, the incident is scary as shit because those stage props/video screens are massive and weigh literal tons. So anyway, Bret either missed his mark or someone was asleep at the wheel, but whatever the case, Bret was smacked, knocked off his boots and smashed his nose and may even have neck and back injuries. I predicted there were be repercussions...and it seems I was right.
Our friends over at Blabbermouth posted comments from Bret Michaels' management company criticizing the Tony Awards. Here's a little bit:
Janna Elias, a representative for Michaels, stated, "With all due respect to everyone working the Tony Awards, somewhere down the line there was a lack of communication and the prop should have been immediately halted until Michaels was clear. Sunday morning at rehearsals, Bret was never informed that the descending set piece existed, let alone would be moving into position as he was exiting the stage.
Added Elias: "I find it surprising that a Tony spokesperson would brush off this incident with a comment stating, Mr. Michaels missed his mark,' with no mention of concern for his condition. If everyone at the Tonys were aware that Bret missed his mark, then they should have been aware enough to stop the set piece from hitting him or at least slowed it down until he cleared the stage. I feel had this incident happened to Liza Minneli, Dolly Parton or Elton John, the Tonys would have at least issued a letter of concern.
I actually agree with that Elias woman on the part about special treatment for Liza, Dolly or Elton. It does seem weird no one with the Tony Awards issued a statement of concern - but maybe Bret's injuries are really nothing to write home about. Who knows for sure?
Now, in case you're confused or don't follow Broadway (and I don't either, so there you go) Poison was on the Tony Awards as part of a special medley for Rock of Ages. That's a show all about Glam. Now, to make this story even more bonkers, Dee Snider is defending himself, saying he didn't have anything to do with Bret's accident. Did we think he was guilty? I mean, WTF? Apparently, there was a chance Dee and the rest of Twisted Sister were going to perform "We're Not Gonna Take It" during the awards show, but that obviously didn't happen. I guess Dee was spotted in the wings right before Poison took the stage and that's how the Internet rumors began...
Bret is scheduled to make an official statement this week. I think he'd be better off writing a new Poison song - and fast - to capitalize on all this bonkers press. The band *needs* new music and having their name in headlines all week is a great kick in the pants when it comes to music press. If Bret is overtly negative, it's going to make Poison look very bad. I mean, Bret is already widely criticized for his Rock of Love shenanigans...being overly litigious isn't very rock n' roll.
Who wants to start a Bret Michaels lawsuit poll? I say Bret will sue, settle out of court and get an undisclosed amount of cash. This windfall will mean the absolute death of Poison and we'll never get any new music. That's my official prediction. Leave me yours in the "comments" section. Go!