What an amazing night at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan! This show was dedicated to all who serve or have served in any uniform! The party was incredible and thanks again Michigan, you rock!
Bringing the rock to an awesome record breaking, sold out crowd in Bowler, Wisconsin. Thank you to the fans for continuing to allow me to live out my dream with me. You know how to throw a party, let’s do it again next year.
Bringing the music and party to an awesome sold out crowd in Joliet, Illinois. Had an insane time, let’s do it again next year. You rock, thank you!
I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank everyone for their concern, prayers and well wishes, it meant the world to me. I also want to thank the several emergency rooms and their staff for the immediate attention and especially all those at Mercy hospital for their continued medical attention. Yesterday I got a complete check up and today I had some blood tests. This has been going on for several weeks and was extremely painful however, I want you all to know I have no death wish, rather quite the opposite, as I love life and am grateful for every second I get and every second chance I’ve had. No doubt, I appreciate your concern when you noticed that I didn’t look right and the truth is I didn’t, the combination of the pain, Intravenous marks on my arm from the IV and medication made some of you comment that I looked very sick, and I was but I felt I could play through it. I moved two shows around and thought I was well enough after the first operation and stent, however I got a blood clot as well as an infection which complicated the matter. I am fortunate that I work hard to keep my diabetes under control, however there is no doubt after 45 years of type 1 brittle diabetes my healing process is a little slower than a non diabetic, but I am not a lay around self pity type of guy. In fact, the second I can be out of the hospital and moving, I go, I admit, sometimes to soon. Its been brought to my attention that I tour more dates than almost anyone, well over 200 per year not including private engagements, PetSmart appearances and speaking engagements as well as personal travel. I feel blessed to be able to live out my passion and yes, I am taking all of your advice and starting to do some limited select engagements and make up dates through out the end the year and into early 2015 to make some serious health and life changes… At times my passion to play music is my blessing and my curse, however I have only been sick twice this year, both were while I was on tour so it was more publicly noticeable. Yes they were serious, but I have recovered fully from the first one last spring and have almost recovered from this recent kidney episode thanks to grace of god, good medical attention, all of your well wishes and a whole lot of fight left in me,I will continue to give all I can for as long as I can, and although I am still not 100% I feel good enough to continue performing.
Once again, a sincere thanks to all of you.
P.S. Again, I dont have a death wish, I just love playing music, It makes me feel good.
The following photos tell a story, one of heroism and honor. Bret Michaels by nature is a huge supporter of our nation’s military and through this collection of photos it is easily defined why his passion for these heroes runs deep. Coming from a long of family members who have served in the United States Armed Forces, Bret continues to find inspiration in those in his family who have served this great country. At an early age Bret knew that he wanted to serve his country, however due to the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at 6 years old he would later learn that he would be unable to enlist due to his lifelong medical condition.
Though unable to enlist due do his diabetes, the checks and balances of life defined Bret’s passion to support the men and women of our nation’s armed forces. The members of Bret’s family in these photos taught Bret what a hero is and what a hero does, how to bounce back from adverse situations and how to stand up and be accounted for. No matter what side of the political coin you support, what is important to all of us are the great heroes that serve this great country in the United States armed forces. –
Bret’s dad, Wally Sychak (middle) and friends during their honorable service in the armed forces.
Bret and his dad Wally
Bret’s Uncle Nick who gave his life during the Battle of the Bulge December 3, 1944
Bret’s cousin, Bob Huslinger who served in Vietnam.