Moments before singer Bret Michaels was to take the stage at the Sea World Amphitheater in San Antonio, the POISON frontman and "Celebrity Apprentice" contestant was rushed to the hospital with severe abdominal pains. After several tests and a CAT scan, Bret received news that he had an acute appendicitis and was immediately taken into emergency surgery at 1:00 a.m.
Donald Trump of "Celebrity Apprentice" states, "Although Michaels is uncontrollable at times, he is a creative asset to his team and most importantly a strong fighter."
That fight may come in handy in his recovery as the singer remains under doctor's supervision to insure that no unforeseen problems arise due to his life-long struggle with type 1 diabetes which can sometimes complicate post-operative care.
Several tour dates on his "Roses and Thorns" tour are being rescheduled. Michaels is hopeful to make his appearance at the Wichita River Music Festival which would be his first performance post surgery. The remainder of the tour is scheduled to resume on May 12 in Verona New York.
For the past two decades, Michaels has sold over 25 million records worldwide and has set his musical and creative sights far beyond POISON. The singer/songwriter will release his new solo album, "Custom Built", on June 8. The CD features the new hit song "Nothing to Lose" (featuring Miley Cyrus), the new tracks "Riding Against the Wind", "Wasted Time" and will also feature covers of the SUBLIME song "What I Got" and HANK WILLIAMS JR.'s "Family Tradition". "Custom Built", in true Michaels fashion, has no musical boundaries and will include a variety of different styles such as rock, country, alternative and Americana.
Over this past week Michaels emergency appendectomy was the number one Googled item of the week, even getting spoofed NBC's "Saturday Night Live"'s "Weekly Update." Recently the singer was asked to make a cameo in RIHANNA's new video "Rockstar", but due to the emergency surgery he was unable to appear.
For those of you who have been tuning into the "Apprentice" you know it has been a tough week forBret, with the possibility of his oldest daughter Raine being diagnosed pre-diabetic and Bret's unforeseen emergency surgery. However, Michaels tries to remain upbeat and would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital and all at San Antonio's Sea World Amphitheater. Michaels would also like to send thanks to family, friends, fans and industry insiders for all the well wishes!
Michaels show at the Sea World Amphitheater in San Antonio has been rescheduled for Friday, October 1.