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Bret Michaels to Resume Tour Next Month?

Talk about a stunning revelation. Bret Michaels' handlers just released a statement saying Bret may resume his tour next month. Considering Bret nearly died just a couple days ago - and is not out of the woods yet - this would be considered a miracle recovery. I know some have said that Bret needs the road and I get that, but man, I wish the guy would just rest.

Here's the statement:

To all of Bret’s friends and fans,

We thank you all for your continued support and outpouring of well wishes for Bret.

While additional studies are planned throughout the week to hopefully detect the exact cause of the rupture Bret will remain monitored closely by his medical team to make sure no further complications occur. He is responding well to tests and treatments. Even though yesterday was a minor setback Doctors remain hopeful for a full recovery and plan to release more specific information next Monday.

While Bret is recovering we obviously have some shows that are being rescheduled. We are working to reschedule dates from now until May 21st. At this time we are planning to resume the tour May 26th in Ft. Smith Arkansas provided there are no further complications or setbacks. We will then continue with all scheduled dates throughout the summer and fall, including the June and July tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Look for additional information in the days and weeks to come. For those of you with tickets for shows that are being rescheduled, your tickets will be honored on the new dates. Tickets remain on sale for the shows which are being rescheduled although the new dates have yet to be announced.

Reader Comments (14)

I'm so so sooooooo grateful and thankful that Doctors anticipate a full recovery. My prayers have been answered, however I can't wrap my fingers around the fact that he is talking about going back out on the road. It's just pure insanity! I sure wish someone close to him would talk some sense into his thick skull (and we can say that for fact knowing what we know now). Bret, keep fighting your way back but your family and daughters need you to rest, rest, rest! What's a little R&R, you have been working nonstop for years, you deserve to take a year off. We'll all be here waiting for you when you are ready to return.
April 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari
If I could get an email to Bret it would read: All of your fans know how much you love music and what you do. The fact is, you should take some time off to rest and be with your family. Music is a huge part of your life that you have had major accomplishments with, but family is more important and once you or someone you love is gone, you can't get them back. How great would it be to see an official Posion farwell tour (when the time is right of course) with all members healthy and ready to retire ? It would be great to see. God bless and good luck.
April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRich
The announcement took me by surprise for sure, but he is scheduled to open for Lynyrd Skynyrd this summer. Love 'em or hate 'em, Lynyrd Skynyrd has a HUGE fanbase, and Bret's solo material is very well suited to the Skynyrd crowd. It is no surprise that he wants to get back out there, because exposing his solo material to the Skynyrd fanbase could generate some pretty decent revenue for him.
April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJT
That is absolutely insane! But if this means hes making a full recovery then WOW. You go Bret! We love you man!
April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
This is surprisingly good news no matter how you cut it, Glammsterz!

The King of Glam Metal Lives!

It looks like our consummate survivor of survivors will survive!

And with a full recovery!

Maybe the Metal Gods have answered all of our collective prayers!

Even if this is just a PR trial balloon getting floated out there by his handlers, it's got to indicate a positive outlook from both the doctors and the Michaels camp and at the very least, puts a positive face on the situation.

Michaels is a workaholic and I wouldn't be suprised if he's telling his handlers he wants to resume touring next month.

It may be a reaction by him and his handlers to send a message they want to get back out on the road to dispel any fears, including their own, that he would not have a full and unimpaired recovery.

Yet, history tells us about "handlers". The deaths of two kings, Elvis and Michael Jackson, were both exacerbated by their handlers "not handling" the situation very well and could have been avoided had caution ruled the day.

Even though those deaths were primarily caused by drug abuse, exhaustion played a big role in both cases. Bret Michaels should be cautious of the latter health risk coupled with his diabetes and the complications he continues to experience from that, let alone the big hit he took at the Tonys not too long ago on top of it all!

And in the case of Elvis and Jackson, did handlers ever advise against something as extremely lucrative and profitable as performing? Did it ever click with Colonel Parker or AIG, regardless of how potentially fragile their respective stars' condition might be, that maybe they should get proper treatment and the necessary R&R that goes with it?

Are Bret Michael's handlers gonna do the right thing, in this particular case, considering all of his health risks?

Look, I could see the enticement of doing a couple of small club dates in a few major cities like L.A. and NYC but also maybe a couple of small joints like Goodfella's, where Gary would see him in Pottsville, P.A., to get his stage legs back and see how it goes.

Or maybe one biggie set of shows at the Beacon Theater in NYC and/or a high profile club in Hollywood like the Roxy or, less so, the Viper Room (no matter how "country-like" his current solo material may be, he doesn't need to open for "legacy" act, Lynyrd Skynyrd, JT! Let the boy boogie on his own two feet after this, man! Sometimes it ain't just playin' but where and what you play!).

But the reality is, they've already got lots of tour dates booked for him and he and the handler's and the promoters and the clubs all want to keep a good thing going.

And he should take honest stock in his current position in life right now, which could be characterized as vulnerable, to say the least, and tell them all to go to hell!

Believe me, if there's ever a time when anyone could except someone canceling or postponing tour dates, it would be now. Seeing the way he operates now, ever the consummate professional, I could just speculate that he's thinking: 1) I gotta play, 2) I don't want to let the fans down, 3) I don't want to have to put everyone that's depending on me through rescheduling -- my band, my managers, my stage crew, my roadies, the people that work for me, the promoters, the clubs, my bus drivers, the caterers, whoever!

Bret! Dude! Right now, think of yourself, about yourself and about your family! And your bands!

Why not take a few months off, at the very least, then just do a short tour. Please just don't do the endless tour thing. That's partly what got you to this point in the first place.

I remember in one of the few episodes I've watched of "Celebrity Apprentice", Bret Michaels apologizes to Trump in one of their very first meetings for only having one hour of sleep, just having flown in from L.A. and then proceeds to knock himself out for the rest of the episode. Yeah, it coulda been scripted, but now that we've got the M.O. of this guy so down, I doubt it.

The key is to resist the temptation of either bigger immediate opportunities or to return to the usual touring schedule.

But realize this: If there's a chance to make a quick buck, handler's will never advise against the means toward that buck.

Please don't let the King of Glam Metal also suffer the same fate as Kings Elvis and Michael.

Take a deep breath, Bret. We can wait. And so can you. You can take the time to fully recoup and write some new music about this experience and your inevitable new perspective on life.

Better yet, after chillin' with your family and your 6 string, why not get back with Poison and work on an album? If there ever was a time you could create something that could very well be as significant as "Look What The Cat Dragged In", the upcoming year would be it.

It would be worth it for all concerned, especially you, Bret, to take the time to make a great record, whether it be Poison or a solo effort and get better while doin' it.

The question is could your handlers handle it?

Long live the King of Glam Metal!

p.s. You can still be workin', Bret, but within a framework you can build upon rather than just goin' out on the road and start knockin' yourself out again. Take care of yourself for the sake of your family, foremost, as well as your bands, bro! The fans (and the handlers) will always be there. Here's prayin' for your full recovery and prayin' you'll make the right decisions in the coming days, weeks and months. Just please don't put yourself and everyone else through anything like this again! We're still prayin' for ya and we're gonna keep on prayin' 'til we know for sure you are a 110% back on track (and then some!)...
April 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
it looks like they already took down the post on facebook....hmmm....hopefully that doesnt mean anything. i was completely shocked when i read that post last night. i thought he'd be out of commission for at least 6 months or so.
April 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterandyw676
Metalboy, again, I like the way you think.....I'm all about taking time off and working on music for possibly another POISON record. I can't imagine life w/out Bret on the road but as long as he is safe at home getting healthy, I can put my fears to rest. Atleast take the summer off and stay home with your kids while they are out of school. In all seriousness, I don't see a doctor clearing him to tour or a promoter agreeing to it for insurance purposes. Guess we'll all continue to wait and see. Bret, we all love so very very much. PLEASE TAKE THIS TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
April 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari
I seriously hope so, Kari...

I, too, like the way you think.

You are absolutely right!

Take the summer off, Bret!

Hang with your kids while they are off from school!

Catch fireflies with them and then write a Poison song called "Firefly"...

You could also write songs like "ICU", "Thunderclap", etc...

...not literally, but you know what I mean.

Reflect on your recent experiences in your life and give us some killer Glam Metal! Okay, I grant you one countrified Power Ballad a la "Every Rose Has It's Thorn".

Really, I'm just kidding...

Bret should do whatever he wants but I'm with Kari, he really should just take the summer off...

I hope he's not of the "My time on this earth is limited. I've gotta get back on the road" mentality.

If that is the case, God forbid, spend it with your kids and the rest of your family and then if you feel up to it, chill with your brothers, C.C., Rikki and Bobby and record an album.

Man, I'm really talkin' like an armchair Rockstar (wait, I am an "Armchair Rockstar" -- there's a song title for ya, Bret!), but I'm so glad to be talkin' like this rather than holding vigil for Bret!

Keep gettin' better, Bret. Prayin' for your rapid recovery and chillin' this summer!

p.s. Kari, I hate to talk like this -- I hope you're right about Doctors, Promoters and Insurance Companies but look what happened to Michael Jackson on all those fronts. To Bret and all of his people: Do not let what happened to The King of Pop happen to The King of Glam Metal!
April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
>Keep gettin' better, Bret. Prayin' for your rapid recovery and chillin' this summer!<

That sums up this old guys feelings to the tee Metalboy!Although JT hit the nail on the head about him playing in front of Skynyrds fans, he really ought to lie back, take a chill pill, and spend time with his kids while healing, because when it comes down to it, I would not trade watching my 2 daughters grow up for ANYTHING on the face of this earth!
April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary
I'm kind of in two minds about this one. Andyw676, you're quite right in that they appear to have taken down the tour note - even on his official website. It struck me that it was a bit early to make that sort of public statement. Last we heard, he is still in the ICU.

But the fact is that none of us know exactly how bad his health is at the moment. Perhaps this stroke was more minor than first reported. Perhaps his doctors are very positive. I can't believe that this is simply a matter of his "handlers" pushing ahead with a money-making exercise. Bret has always struck me as the type of guy who can look after himself and make his own decisions.

However, he's also a guy who clearly LOVES to work. I don't think it's just a matter of feeling that he's made a commitment, I think that rescheduling a tour may be an attempt to give him something to aim for psychologically. He needs to stay focused and positive in order to aid his recovery. The guy burns more energy than anyone I've ever seen! Locking that sort of person in a room for six months, and telling him to put his feet up, is just going to drive him crazy.

When we say that we want him to get off the road and go write a Poison album... aren't we just saying that with a degree of selfishness? Yes, I would love to see another Poison album! But the fact is that Bret ALREADY has an album in the works which is due out this summer (and from hearing some of the teasers, it's freakin' awesome!). Secondly, I'm not going to speculate as to why, but Poison seems to have had some recent difficulty in sitting down and writing together.

If I was in Bret's camp, I honestly think I'd have to gauge the situation objectively. Is he pushing to get back on the road, even if it may put his health at risk? If we cancel the tour as a whole, what is that going to do to him mentally? And Metalboy!, you're quite right in that the venues get a say in this as well. They don't want an insurance liability.

I'd never advocate that Bret does anything that puts him at further risk. He's got too much to live for. Like a lot of people here, I think that he needs to be around to see his girls grow up. I'd actually be mighty pissed at him if he signed back onto another tour against his doctors' advice... But he's a grown man, and quite capable of making these choices for himself. Part of the reason why he's had so much longevity in the industry is because he pushes himself. And you can't change the man.

You can't love just a part of him without loving the whole of him.

... But that's just my two cents.
April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKiki Chrome
Ah, Kiki...

Part of Poison's problem is they've had nothing to write about...

Now they do!

Or can certainly springboard off of it...

Yeah, it's selfish to want a Poison album...

But it's also selfish of Bret...

... you and a lot of people ain't gonna like this... just put out a solo album suitable for Lynyrd Skynyrd type of audiences.

Sorry, folks... look I saw Skynyrd at their height in '77 off "Street Survivors" openin' up for Aerosmith on a bill that also included Nugent and Nazareth at RFK Stadium in D.C. and they blew everyone in the audience away as well as everyone they were playin' with on the bill off the stage...

But, c'mon, man...

Let's Rock'n'Roll now!

And now is the time for Poison...

They've got the wind behind 'em with the resurgence of Glam with bands like the Scorps, Ratt, Buckcherry, etc. puttin' out killer Glam Metal albums and a whole slew of new bands gettin' out there, stocked with kidz who just worship Poison and the like.

Wanna really say sumthin' Bret? Say it with Poison! That rehash "yee-haw-howdy stuff" just duzn't cut it, man!

That said, if you really wanna go through the motions so be it. As I stated in previous comments, whatever the guy wants to do, obviously it's his choice.

Whichever route he wants to take, I'll listen as he's bound to have some profound things to say now after what he's gone through.

Look, I'm sorry if I'm gettin' a little too opinionated here, it really should be about Michaels gettin' better...

Keep gettin' better and keep cryin' tough, Bret!

Long Live The King Of Glam Metal!

p.a. Kiki -- I think you're right, too. Sayin' he's gonna tour gives him a positive goal to focus on. If he's really going to insist on it, I hope he tours slow. Just play 1 gig a week for like 12 shows... Chill with the kids for the summer... Then eventually get back with Poison and then do something big -- put out a significant album! Hey, Greenday was all but washed up until Billy Joe went and cried up on the mountain and came back down with "American Idiot". Bret could do it now, too. But he doesn't need to open for "legacy" acts now. Just go solo, solo... if ya gotta go... then make it count... then take it easy... chill with your kids and family... then write with the boyz... then "Poison" us!
April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Janna's just posted another update too:

"We thank you for your continued support and well wishes.

Bret remains in critical condition in ICU under 24 hour supervision by doctors and medical staff. If a patient survives the initial rupture, the first 7 to 10 days after are the most critical as an additional rupture or other complications may arise.

Doctors are also continuing to treat Bret for the hyponatremia and today he will be undergoing more testing as well as an additional MRA.

There will be a press conference on Tuesday at which doctors who have been treating Bret will further explain his condition, treatment and prognosis.

Location and time of the press conference will be released Friday."
April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKiki Chrome

Here I've got Bret Michaels in my imagination recording a new "Led Zeppelin-level-of-quality" acoustic song with Poison outdoors at Headley Grange and reality is he's still touch and go in the ICU.

Prayin' for ya Bret!

Cry Tough!

p.s. Thanks for the reality check, Kiki. I was wanting to believe the hype so bad. His fight, determination, toughness, good karma and luck, along with all our prayers will help him heal and get through this and to the next level!
April 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
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