Days after a descending set piece at the Tony Awards came down and cracked him in the face
, Rock of Love
star and Poison frontman Bret Michaels has posted photos of his injuries on his MySpace. Michaels, and his representatives, are none too pleased that the accident occured, or that it's being taken so lightly--which would not be the case, they say, if it had happened to one of the Tonys' own.
In a lengthy public statement released Tuesday to MTV, Michaels
spokesperson Janna Elias criticized the Tonys' apparent apathy about
the incident, saying, "I find it surprising that a Tony spokesperson
would brush off this
incident with a comment stating 'Mr. Michaels missed his mark' with no
mention of concern for his condition." She went on to say, "I feel had
this incident happened to Liza Minnelli, Dolly Parton or
Elton John, the Tonys would have at least issued a letter of concern.
"Bret has performed live, with Poison or solo, for over 20
years and on a daily basis is around pyro, lasers and a moving light
show. He understands that there is always an element of risk in any
live performance, but Bret entrusts his safety to the crew, whose job
it is to make sure the show goes off without a hitch," the statement went on. "However, in this situation Bret was not on his stage but
was at the mercy of the Tonys. He was performing on the Tonys stage and
had the reasonable expectation that that safety of the artist was a
priority, and at no time did he do anything over-the-top or outlandish
that would have put himself or others in a dangerous situation."
After the accident occurred, Tony host Neil Patrick Harris joked that it had given "headbanging a new meaning," and then assured the audience that Michaels was fine, and even laughing off the accident backstage.
Michaels reps made sure to rebuke those claims as well:
"We realize the show is live and must go on, however, it is unfortunate
that the show's host made light of the situation without having any
knowledge of the severity of Bret's injuries," Bob Wallerstein, another
Michaels rep said. "Comments that Mr. Harris was doing shots
backstage with Mr. Michaels and that Bret was completely fine were
untrue, considering Bret never saw Mr. Harris prior to, during or after
the Tonys, but in fact was being attended to by medical personnel
backstage. Michaels did not return to the stage, the seats nor attend
The statement concluded by saying that Michaels would release his own public statement about the incident by the end of this week. Representatives from the Tonys have yet to comment about the matter.
-Meghan Carlson, BuddyTV Staff Writer
[Source: MTV News]Image: Bret Michaels' MySpace