Bret Michaels' Broadway Souvenir: Nose Fracture From Tonys Mishap

June 9, 2009 9:45 AM ET

Sunday night's Tony Awards gave Bret Michaels and Poison the opportunity to bring an Eighties anthem to an unlikely audience — the Broadway theater world — and celebrate hair-metal musical Rock of Ages in front of millions of people. But as Rock Daily reported yesterday, their performance of "Nothin' But a Good Time" ended with anything but: a moving set piece smashed Michaels in the face when he tried to scoot below it before Stockard Channing began her part of the opening number. The result of the frontman's injuries has been revealed this morning: a fractured nose and busted lip requiring three stitches.

Michaels' spokewoman tells People Bret snapped photos with Broadway royalty Angela Lansbury backstage and managed to laugh when host Neil Patrick Harris kicked off his monologue with a reference to the mishap: "Gives a whole new meaning to headbanging." And the moments after the accident sound trippier than an episode of Michaels' dating show Rock of Love: "He told me, 'All I remember is Shrek and the donkey helping me up, and Liza [Minnelli] giving me a towel,' " rep Joann Mignano said.

The singer wiped his blood with a towel and remained at the ceremony for the rest of the show before heading to the doctor for X-rays. He received a CAT scan yesterday because he has previously suffered a neck injury.

Michaels is due on the road with Poison for the band's joint tour with Cheap Trick and Def Leppard starting June 23rd in New Jersey. Check out Rolling Stone's preview of the big trek here.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

More Song Stories entries »