Poison frontman speaks out about the incident
The singer, who was hit on the head by a set piece while performing on stage at the Tony Awards (watch the video below), said that he was having, “a great time at the Tonys right up until I got blindsided”.
“I must admit it was a little blurry after that,” he wrote. “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?'”
Michaels went on to explain that he is not blaming Tony organisers for what happened, but is baffled by their response to the incident.
“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,” he said.
“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 organization’s representative would have expressed some concern for injury in their statement or at the very least claim they would be looking into the matter.”
Bret Michaels Tonys video:
–By our Los Angeles staff.
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