Footage of Bret Michaels getting clocked in the kisser by a set piece during Sunday night’s Tony Awards telecast has already become the stuff of Internet legend. But now, we learn that the old adage is true: No pain, no gain.
On Monday (June 8), a spokesperson for Michaels told The Associated Press that the Poison frontman/ “Rock of Love” superstud/ “Super Bowl” prognosticator suffered a fractured nose and a contusion to his lip after being hit in the head by a descending set piece at the Tonys, and that he’s undergoing a CAT scan as a precautionary measure, since he’s had a previous neck injury.
But while it sounds pretty serious, Joann Mignano — Michaels’ publicist — told the AP that the singer is in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery. In fact, moments after being hit in the head by a descending set piece, Michaels was walking around backstage at the Tonys, posing for pictures with stars like Liza Minnelli and Angela Lansbury, and laughing when Tony host Neil Patrick Harris joked that Michaels’ performance “gave headbanging a whole new meaning.”
“He had a great time performing for the Broadway audience,” Mignano told the AP.
If you missed it, Michaels and his Poison bandmates kicked off the Tonys with a rousing performance of their iconic “Nothin’ But a Good Time” with the cast of “Rock of Ages,” the hair-metal play that snagged multiple nominations. After the song, Michaels reportedly missed his mark and was hit in the head by a large piece of scenery that was descending from the ceiling of Radio City Music Hall.
At the time, People.com reported that the extent of Michaels’ injuries were not known, but quoted a publicist as saying that the singer was planning on swinging by an emergency room for some precautionary X-rays before hitting the Tony afterparty.