Bret Michaels' Tony Awards mishap: A crash course in live theater

It's the moment from last night's Tony Awards that everyone is still talking about this morning: After opening the ceremony with a performance by his band Poison and the cast of Rock of Ages, Bret Michaels sauntered directly into the path of an enormous piece of scenery descending from the ceiling. Ouch. Live theater is no joke!

A Tonys spokesperson, who told the Associated Press that the star of VH1's Rock of Love "missed his mark" on stage (well, duh), did not know the extent of any injuries that Michaels suffered from the accident. I'm guessing that means it couldn't have been anything too serious; a rep for VH1 hasn't yet responded to an EW request for more info. Let's hope Michaels isn't hurting too badly. In the meantime, if you missed it the first time or you just want to see Bret Michaels getting knocked to the ground again, check out the clip below.

UPDATE: Bret Michaels has broken nose, cut lip: rep

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  • Mavis

    I’m sure he’s fine. He has that awful wig to pad his head. . .

  • Rowd

    Mavis, ..not to mention, extra padding everywhere. At least he was not out of breath, due to lip syncing and all…

  • Stephanie T.

    It just looked like his got conked in the head. I doubt that it was anything serious.

  • Infectia Stype

    Burn! Bret Michaels is a piece of trash. What a moron! Never make it in Hollywad, honey. Pesado!

  • EntertainmentBlogger

    unintentionally hilarious as opposed to intentional hilarity of NPH’s closing number. read/see more here:
    http://movies-tv-entertainment.blogspot.com/

  • Chappel

    This is why it’s a bad idea to show up at dress rehearsal stoned out of your mind.

  • sam

    reminicent of TaP = “I think that the problem *may* have been, that there was a Stonehenge monument on the stage that was in danger of being *crushed* by a *dwarf*.”

  • Winona

    Nothing like getting clotheslined by a backdrop being flown in…

  • Adam

    Ironically enough, I was watching WWE during the Tonys. But I didn’t see a clothesline like Michaels took LOL
    http://tinyurl.com/mlzesl

  • Charles

    I’m still chuckling about the “Spinal Tap” reference below, it was right on. Bret Michaels is either a clueless dipwad or a brilliant self-promoter. Geez, maybe both. I had no interest and didn’t watch the Tony’s, but this “mishap” seems to have front page action on all the news and entertainment interweb pages, even above the actual awards. Everyone is talking about you, Bret. Stoner of not, that’s one sly guy…

  • Rodashym

    high aggro! PWNED by ?? elite backdrop! Any phat lewtz on Michaels? LOL

  • Matt

    The other best part of the Tonys: NPH’s closing number…
    http://www.gotchamediablog.com/2009/06/neil-patrick-harris-closing-number-at.html

  • nemo

    Why would a talentless, boring bunch of elderly has beens be chosen to play at all? C’mon, in all of the United States there weren’t any more relevant or at least listenable performers to be found than THAT?! The Tony Awards are trying their best to bore us all to death, I guess.

  • FYOU

    Brett Michaels gave VD to so many boxes that the boxes are fighting back.

  • Katie Jones

    Additionally, his sad cowboy hat remained on the stage for the next two songs…

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