Poison‘s longtime frontman Bret Michaels has revealed that he plans to take time off from music performances in 2025 on medical grounds. He made the announcement on the eve of his birthday.

“In 2025, in light of some recent medical results and setbacks, and with much discussion and real advice from my doctors and family, I will be taking most, if not all, of 2025 off, except for a few select dates with both the Bret Michaels Band and possibly all original Poison,” Michaels said.

He said that he “truly need to recharge the batteries and get a good, much-needed physical tuneup”.

“Please always understand that I am forever grateful to the fans and hope you understand that this will bring me back in 2026 and beyond to be able to always give 1000% on that stage with positive energy and an Unbroken Warrior Spirit!” Michaels added.

In the beginning of the statement, Michaels says, “Performing real live music with family, friends and fans has been both healing and therapeutic to me.”

Michaels, who turned 61 Friday, had continued to perform high-energy shows despite medical setbacks and physical adversity, including diabetes, a brain hemorrhage, skin cancer and his self-titled “headbanger’s neck.”

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