Dee Snider: “I Wasn’t Involved In Bret Michaels’ Tony Awards Mishap”
Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider has denied rumours he was somehow involved in orchestrating Poison’s Bret Michaels’ pratfall at a recent awards ceremony.
Michaels was hit by a descending half-ton stage prop at this past weekend’s Tony Awards. He suffered a fractured nose and had to get three stitches in his lip.
You can see a video of the unfortunate mishap here.
Snider was allegedly seen in the rigging area of Radio City Music Hall in New York City, where the event was being held, minutes prior to the incident.
Twisted Sister manager Phil Carson issued the following statement to Blabbermouth:
“Dee is a fitness freak. He will often go for a run, or climb stairs in spare moments.
“He was not at all disappointed that the cast of the stage show Rock Of Ages chose [to perform] a Poison song instead of We’re Not Going To Take It [by Twisted Sister].
“Dee wishes Bret a speedy recovery.”
The Tony Awards organisers said the accident occurred because Michaels missed his cue.
However, Janna Elias, a representative for Michaels, stated: “With all due respect to everyone working the Tony Awards, somewhere down the line there was a lack of communication and the prop should have been immediately halted until Michaels was clear.
“Sunday morning at rehearsals, Bret was never informed that the descending set piece existed, let alone would be moving into position as he was exiting the stage.”
In further Twisted Sister news, the 25th-anniversary special-edition reissue of the band’s Stay Hungry album is due on June 30.
The set features a stack of bonus material, including one brand new track, 30, that the band recently recorded.