Poison’s Bret Michaels: Still A Mess

Tonight’s Albany gig nixed

I bet he wears the bandana so we're just not all jealous of the thickness of his hairI bet he wears the bandana so we're just not all jealous of the thickness of his hair

I bet he wears the bandana so we’re just not all jealous of the thickness of his hair

After missing two shows on his solo tour because of illness, Poison frontman Bret Michaels will be forced to miss a third.

Tonight’s show in Albany, New York, is cancelled.

If you had tickets — and why would you? — then you’ve gotta cancel the babysitter.

Bret left the stage the other night in New Hampshire after practically nearly dying on stage. I’m kidding. It wasn’t as serious as all that, but he did suffer insulin shock and severe low blood sugar.

Doctors later determined Bret was also succumbing to exhaustion, dehydration, fever and the noro flu virus.

Says Pete Evick, who plays guitar for Bret’s solo band, writes online:

“I’m sorry to announce that Bret will not be performing in Albany, New York today.

“As I’ve stated before, I have stood with Bret for over nine years and have been around the world with him. I was there when his appendix burst, was there through the brain hemorrhage and watched him re-learn to walk and talk, not to mention countless blood sugar scares, but nothing like this. The complication of this brutal flu virus and how it has affected his blood glucose levels has been awful to watch. The perfect cocktail of such a virus along with diabetes and a high temperature is to be taken very seriously.”

OK, maybe he did almost die.

“Today even more so than yesterday, it took a team of doctors, friends and family to convince Bret to not return to the stage. He doesn’t believe it’s the right idea, but those close to him, along with all of you, I’m sure, would rather have him miss one more day and then take the next few days to recover rather than to cause more problems by pushing himself, right?

“From my point of view, most non-diabetics take a week off work when they contract a flu like this, so two days is still pretty crazy. I have no doubt he will be up and running at 100 percent soon.

“We will certainly be in St Louis next week at Jefferson Barracks Veterans Memorial Amphitheater to continue the party. Until then, thank you all for your well wishes and support. We’ve all made sure Bret’s received them all and he is both thankful and grateful.”

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