Bret Michaels will overcome his recent health scare to perform a set of Poison 25th anniversary concerts next year, according to the band's drummer Rikki Rockett. The singer checked out of hospital in Arizona earlier this week to recover from surgery at home, following a near-fatal brain haemorrhage.
Michaels is now starting to overcome the scare - and he's working towards making a full recovery in time for the band's 25th year in 2011 so he can perform onstage with his bandmates. Rockett tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "We have every intention of doing it. Bret and I, as a matter of fact, talked about it this morning when we were on the phone. And we have every intention of doing a 25th anniversary next summer and - you know, I really strongly believe he's going to make it, and that's what we're going to be doing next year. We're going to keep on working."
Pete Evick, guitarist in The Bret Michaels Band and the rocker's close pal, is also adamant Michaels will be well enough to celebrate the landmark date. He adds, "Bret has every intention of continuing on as everybody's ever known him. That's his life and it's his passion. You know Rikki can tell you Poison is looking forward to their 25th anniversary next summer. That's a huge deal. I mean, who gets to have a rock and roll career for 25 years? Most people get a year or two if they're lucky and Bret is a superstar, an incredible shape (sic) for 25 solid years."
"Bret, you know, is very excited to get out and perform with his heroes and his legends and peers like that, and so, as far as the career goes, he's going to take care of himself. He's going to heal and he's going to come back and show the world that he's completely unstoppable. I'm sure of that."
However, Rockett wants Michaels to slow down until he is fully better, because he had already warned the singer he was working too hard prior to the haemorrhage. Speaking to news channel CNN, he says, "Our band, Bret, all of us... we come from the very hard working part of the east coast and I think that our will to work hard at stuff also plays into our will to live, because we're the kind of guys that just aren't done yet, we've got more stuff to do... More tours to do, more records to do and Bret certainly has a lot going on now. I think he may have been a little overworked and I've been a little concerned about that, trying to get him to slow down a bit... now he has to slow down."
Most recently, Bret Michaels has a new song titled "Wasted Time" out for purchase. "Lately I just ain't been myself," he sings in the beginning of the song. "Lately, I've been feeling something else."