Rocker Bret Michaels rushed to hospital, forcing cancellation of Nashville show

Bret Michaels, 59, of metal band Poison suffered an unexpected medical situation last week and was rushed to the hospital mere moments before he was set to take the stage for a concert in Nashville, as the Daily Caller reports.

According to TMZ, the emergency scenario was announced by Michaels’ bandmates to thousands of fans who were in attendance at a stop on the large-scale stadium tour on which the group has embarked with other well-known rock acts, including Motley Crue, Def Leppard, and Joan Jett.

Concertgoers were shocked and disappointed when they were informed that because of Michaels’ condition, the band would be unable to perform its scheduled set as planned, with one ticketholder writing on social media, “Came all the way from [Kansas City] to watch Poison. Bret Michaels was admitted to hospital. No Poison in Nashville.”

Another frustrated fan declared, “Bret you and Poison owe Nashville a free concert!”

Though no information was immediately provided about the type or extent of Michaels’ medical issues, unnamed sources suggested that COVID-19 related drugs could have resulted in a dangerous complication with the rocker’s existing status as a diabetic, as TMZ further noted.

As Page Six reported, just hours after his emergency hospitalization occurred, Michaels took to social media to apologize from his unexpected absence from the Nashville stage and thank all those who reached out to wish him a speedy recovery.

“I was truly fired up to get on stage in the music city and perform, but due to an unknown complication & following hospitalization, it was not possible,” he wrote on Instagram.

The rock legend added, “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 [Crue]/[Def] Leppard/Joan [Jett & The Blackhearts] and Classless Act!!!”

To the relief of Poison aficionados everywhere, People reported that Michaels made a triumphant return to the stage in Jacksonville, Florida on Saturday night after pledging to give the crowd “1000%” and acknowledging his gratitude “for such awesome, incredible family, friends, and fans.”