Bret Michaels Releases A Personal Statement On His Tony Awards Mishap


Earlier this week we were presented with a statement from Poison frontman Bret Michaels’s representative publicly complaining that Michaels did not receive the care and attention necessary from the producers of the 63rd Annual Tony Awards after he was injured during a performance on the Tony Awards stage last Sunday night. Then we got our first look at Bret Michaels’s injuries along with more complaining from Michaels’s rep. Today we get to read the full, personal statement from Bret Michaels himself on the matter … here is the full text of his statement:

My Official Statement

I am trying to remain very positive and somewhat humorous about the whole situation. I apologize that I did not make a statement earlier as I have been feeling pretty beat up over the last few days. The fact is I was honored to be asked to perform at the event. The entire “Rock of Ages” production were awesome and even though I was completely out of my element I was really enjoying myself prior to my injury. In fact all involved at the awards show treated me good.

I had a great time at the Tonys right up until I got blindsided, I must admit it was a little blurry after that. In hindsight, there is no doubt I got my bell rung, unfortunately it has been posted and perhaps funny to watch, but I can assure you it has been painful to experience. In all honesty I had absolutely no idea what struck my head. Upon impact I thought a piece of the lighting rig had fallen out of the ceiling and as I fell back it seemed like my head struck the stage and I blacked out for a second. When I opened my eyes I noticed a large set prop coming down straight for me. I immediately pushed myself out of the way and amidst the chaos I laid on the floor and asked “what the hell just happened?”

My nose, mouth and the back of my head felt numb. I vaguely remember asking Big John, ‘do I have any teeth left in my mouth?’ I knew I could move my arms and legs and that was an instant relief. Somebody handed me a towel to wipe the blood from my face and in my dazed state I recall staring at what seemed to be Shrek, a talking goat head and several monkey like creatures.

Over the last few days a lot of speculation as to what happened and who is to blame have surfaced. I need to make clear at no point since the incident occurred do I feel like the accident was malicious in any way and I feel this will all work itself out. However I must state I found it a little strange that the only statement released by the Tony organization was that I missed my mark and that I was completely fine. First, I thought, ‘what mark?’ as there was no official mark, just a retracting drum riser and an overhead prop being rapidly lowered which was out of my view. Second, I think it was slightly irresponsible for them to report that I was fine without full knowledge of my condition, when a doctor hadn’t even looked at me yet and I surely don’t remember any X-Ray machines backstage. I am not looking for an apology, I only hoped that on a human level that the Tony organizations’ representative would have expressed some concern for injury in their statement or at the very least claim they would be looking into the matter.

Whether it was a miscommunication, missed cue or missed mark no matter what the situation was the prop should have been stopped or at least slowed for a few more seconds until I cleared the stage. I apparently had less than two seconds to avoid being hit. It was evident I was backing up and moving in the direction to exit the stage for at least 30 to 40 feet and it is plain to see I had no clue this prop was descending. For God sake, they have at least a five second delay to prevent the airing of unapproved expletives and nudity!

For the record never at any point during my Sunday morning rehearsal was I ever instructed that the piece was coming down and that I had very little time to get off the stage, otherwise believe me I would have stopped or at least ducked so as not to be knocked out at the Tonys. Trust me I never wanted any of this to happen. I was simply doing as I was told which was to exit the stage as Poison’s song “Nothin’ but a Good Time” came to a close.

I feel for the actors and actresses who put in so much time and hard work on or off Broadway to get to the Tonys. This is their moment and I am sorry that some of it may have gotten overshadowed by my thick rocker cranium being struck by a stage prop. On a high note I hear it was the highest rated Tonys they have had in years. However, I was bummed that I did not get to see any of the acts perform during the Tonys as I have never seen a play on Broadway before, probably would have enjoyed it, and even more bummed that I did not get to attend the after parties, cuz rumor has it Anne Hathaway was going to be there and she is hot.

I would like to personally thank Bobby and C.C., Mark Hogue, Larry Morand and my crew along with Liza Minnelli, Mark Indelicato and Carole Propp for rushing to my dressing room to check on my condition. In closing I truly appreciate everyone’s concern. I thank the Good Lord I have a thick skull and I have a feeling this may have been my first and final curtain call at the Tonys.

Broadway Bret Michaels

And, with that, I hope we’ve heard the last of Bret Michaels’ injuries. While I understand that he feels the need to be paid attention to in light of his banged up face, I think he went about the whole matter terribly. Publicly complaining in the media about how no one paid attention to you after you got an ouchie makes you look like a crybaby. I’m not sure what he was trying to achieve with that statement released by his PR person. Did he expect a public outcry from people demanding that the Tony Awards producers stop being meanies? If he really had a problem with production, as it sounds like he did, he should’ve just privately contacted production itself and saved the drama for his seemingly unending stream of VH1 reality TV shows. At least Bret’s personal statement doesn’t sound as douchey as his rep’s statement did … sure, it still sounds like he wants a hug and a pat on the head and sure his statement went on for 8 paragraphs (!!!) but … at least he’s had his say and hopefully we can be done with the matter. Tho … I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a lawsuit somewhere down the line. I mean, those VH1 reality TV shows have to run out sometime.


  • K

    lol when I read his statement I was like, “oh okay, a few paragraphs, I can handle that.” Then I had to scroll down like 6 times just to see the rest of it! 8 paragraphs is a bit……hmm, overkill?

  • Meghan

    I wish he would shut up about his injuries already! He is milking this for all it is worth. Trent, your caption made me laugh. Too funny and yet too true!

  • Ally

    It sucks that he got hurt, but he’s fine…he really needs to let it go.

  • Margie

    I find it hard to believe that the Tonys, an award show that centers around Broadway acts, would not be more precise in their performing. Broadway acts do this all the time. They have to hit their marks, etc. and for them to not do it at the Tonys? Please, Bret. I find it hard to believe. You broke your nose. Get over it, we did!

  • Bleeding Ears

    Somewhere… Anne Hathaway is cringing.

    • @Bleeding Ears — “Somewhere… Anne Hathaway is cringing.” LMAO! True fact.

  • educate yourself

    That is not a cut… it’s called herpes.

  • Roxster

    as if this is the ONLY reason he wouldn’t have been performing there again in the future….

  • PixiesBassline

    You KNOW that shit HAD to hurt! He has a damn teeth-imprint on the inside of his lip! And I can’t help but to laugh.

  • wendell

    well he didn’t sing live, that was obvious. I know that this was probably explained to him before hand. he’s not used to working big scale professional shows anymore, so he messed up. Hilaroius.

  • Jeff

    Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I missed some of the details, but I don’t think he said anything so wrong. He was hurt, plain and simple. Maybe he is just a big old douche; but he did deserve a little more than a statement of “He’s fine” and “He missed his mark” since he was hurt in some way and it’s really not funny. Unless it’s a big old cock slapping me across the face, if such a hugh thing hit me like that, I would ne none too pleased. It’s not that I’m a fan of his because I couldn’t tell you the title of any songs he’s ever sung nor do I even remember what he sang that night; but I don’t think he approached the Tony organization to perform. They undoubtedly approached him and IMHO he was entitled to being treated accordingly.

    Now, his bastardization of English is another matter altogether.

  • laguna steve

    replaying on TIVO, he clearly was milking applause and was far too late in leaving the stage. You really can’t believe that on an opening number as tight as the Tony’s that everyone wasn’t instructed on precisely when to enter and exit. This lipsyncing hasbeen clearly wasn’t paying attention.

  • PixiesBassline

    It was the hat. Plain & simple.

  • rob

    I didn’t know that Mark Indelicato (Ugly Betty’s nephew Justin) was friends with Bret Michaels–very nice, though strange, of him to visit Michaels in his dressing room after the incident.

  • jasmine

    i agree with pixies.. if he wasn’t wearing that fugly hat he would have seen the set lowering

  • I realize this is “old” news by now, but I still find the lack of empathy and stupidity of people amazaing. I stumbled on this today and could not let it go. Fast foward to Apr. 2010 – now Bret is fighting for his life with a brain bleed. I’m not saying this caued it – that can’t be said… but it’s not out of the question either. What can be said, however, is getting knocked out by a piece of stage equipment is stupid, needless and irresponsible. The Tony’s handled this debacle horribly and at Bret’s expense– that’s what we call adding insult to injury. Do you really think that someone that makes his living on stage, with pyro-technics, tons of equipment, etc would be that stupid? Or is it just possible that someone forgot to tell him that a huge piece of equipment would descend on his head. Bret took the high road – he didn’t sue, he only wanted the public to understand the extent of his injuries and his side of the story. To me, that is a professional. The rest of you idiots – if this happened to you or your loved one – you would probably sue — and win. Everyone that thinks is funny needs their heads examined. Everyone of us is just one blow to the head away from permanent brain injury. Hilarious, right?

    signed — a trauma nurse

    • @Janet — Bret missed his mark, it was an accident. I understand your anger about some of the comments now, all these months later that he is in serious danger but getting riled up over comments made almost a year later seems counterproductive to wishing him well now.