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Bret Michaels gives doctors the slip for “Idol” performance
Singer Bret Michaels made a surprise appearance on “American Idol” on Wednesday to perform his signature song “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” after spending the past few weeks recovering from a potentially fatal brain hemorrhage, a mini-stroke and learning that he has a hole in his heart.
The frontman for the glam band Poison said that he tried to keep his guest role on “Idol,” during which he sang with former contestant Casey James, under wraps. It was his first live gig since suffering a series of medical emergencies in April.
“The doctors — I didn’t tell them I was going to do this … They’re going to find out in a few minutes,” an upbeat Michaels told reporters backstage.
Michaels, 47, added that he “may not” have told his family either.
“I needed this for my soul, so honestly it was a great experience,” said Michaels, who won the reality TV show “The Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday. .
Doctors had also advised him against appearing on that show so soon after having a warning stroke last week.
Michaels said that when Donald Trump, the host of “The Celebrity Apprentice,” told him that he was “hired” on the show, he at first was not sure he heard him correctly.
“I didn’t know if he said you’re hired or fired, but I knew it was live TV, so if I acted like I won, nobody could change it,” Michaels joked.
Michaels is planning to play a concert in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday and kick off a solo tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd on June 10 in Florida.