As you may have heard, after three songs, Bret Michaels was forced to abruptly cut short his New Hampshire concert on Thursday night and was rushed offstage to the hospital, suffering “complications involving insulin shock and severe low blood sugar, along with other conditions which doctors later determined included exhaustion/dehydration/fever and the noro flu virus,” according to his Facebook page. Yesterday, Michaels cancelled his scheduled performance in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
And now, it’s been announced that he is unfortunately cancelling his Albany performance tonight at the Times Union Center, where he was scheduled to perform a veterans benefit with the Charlie Daniels Band and the Marshall Tucker Band.
Although the Times Union Center has yet to issue a statement, we assume that the show will go on without Michaels. UPDATE, 3:15pm: News Channel 13 is reporting that Local 518 country band Skeeter Creek will perform in Michaels’ slot at tonight’s show. Still no official word from the TU Center regarding Michaels’ cancellation…
UPDATE, 5:22pm: The Times Union Center has finally acknowledged Bret Michaels’ cancellation. Refunds are available as long as you have not had your ticket scanned. The concert will go on as scheduled, and Skeeter Creek will replace Michaels on the bill.
Pete Evick – guitarist in the Bret Michaels Band, as well as a co-songwriter, producer, mixer and musical director for the group – issued this statement this morning (Saturday, May 31):
I’m sorry to announce that Bret will not be performing in Albany, NY today. As I’ve stated before I have stood with Bret for over 9 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.
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.
We wish Michaels a speedy recovery…