Bret Michaels had to leave the stage after three songs at a gig last week when his blood-sugar level plummeted. The diabetic singer was rushed to hospital, diagnosed with a severe form of flu, and later had to cancel two further shows.
Michaels’s band’s guitarist Pete Evick reports: “It took a team of doctors, friends and family to convince Bret not to return to the stage. He doesn’t believe it’s right, but those close to him would rather have him miss one more day than to cause more problems by pushing himself.
“Most non-diabetics take a week off work when they contract a flu like this, so two days is still pretty crazy.”
Evick describes Michaels’ illness as a “perfect cocktail” of virus and diabetes, and adds: “I have stood with Bret for over nine years, and I’ve been round the world with him. I was there when his appendix burst; I was there through his brain haemorrhage 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 virus and how it has affected him has been awful to watch.”
Michaels aims to return to the stage in St. Louis on June 13th.