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Bret Michaels in new health scare

Poison singer Bret Michaels was last night forced to abandon a show as he suffered a serious blood-sugar issue.

And bandmate Pete Evick had a scare when the frontman suddenly seemed not to recognise him.

Michaels, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes aged six, has fought off a series of medical emergencies in recent years. He underwent an urgent appendectomy in 2010 – then weeks later suffered a massive brain haemorrhage. Later the same year it was discovered he had a hole in his heart.

Guitarist Evick last night told how Michaels’ band stopped their show in Manchester, New Hampshire, three songs into their set.

He said: “Bret had me sing a song as he rushed off stage. In the nine years I’ve stood next to him I’ve never seen a look like the one on his face – as if I was a complete stranger.

“One of the crew notified me that Bret’s blood-sugar was extremely low. He returned to the stage only to announce that he could not continue.

“He’s a health fanatic and fiercely monitors his blood-sugar. He basically had to be dragged off the stage in the sickest of conditions.”

Michaels received urgent attention from ambulance crews at the venue. Evick later said: “Sending a huge shout-out to all the paramedics, both on and off duty, who assisted Bret tonight. No words can thank you enough for your help.”

The band’s tour is set to continue with a visit to Philadelphia tonight. The show’s status has not been confirmed.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.