Poison lead singer Bret Michaels broke his nose
when he confidently and resolutely walked right
into a descending backdrop after a performance
of “Nothin’ But A Good Time” at last night’s Tony
Awards. How did they not immediately give him a
Tony for best comic performance in a musical?!?
Here’s a zoomed in view of the incident:
Here’s an audience recording:
And here’s the original “as broadcast” view and then a six-minute slow motion loop so you can watch it over and over and over and over…
There is something intrinsically beautiful about this – it’s almost like a ball in the groin. (Actually, Bret’s face is pretty much the same as a groin, so maybe that’s exactly it) And there’s something so cartoonishly hilarious about Bret’s determination – it’s as though he knew the wall was there but if he just kept going he would walk right through it. Look at his legs! They keep on walking without him, still believing in the gospel of Bret!
****UPDATE 6/10/09 – It seems the representatives for Bret Michaels are none too happy about the Tony Award’s dismissive statement about the incident, which was basically that Tony “missed his mark.” In an official statement, Michaels’ rep Janna Elias has this to say:
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. If everyone at the Tonys [was] aware that Bret missed his mark, then they should have been aware enough to stop the set piece from hitting him or at least slowed it down until he cleared the stage. 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.
She’s right, of course. That’s why Liza Minnelli doesn’t perform at professional wrestling events.