In contrast to a scathing statement issued yesterday by Janna Elias – a rep for Michaels Entertainment Group – blaming everyone but terrorists for the mishap, the Poison frontman posted a statement of his own on his Web site yesterday evening that appears aimed at smoothing the waters.

“I am trying to remain very positive and somewhat humorous about the whole situation. I apologize that I did not make a statement earlier as I have been feeling pretty beat up over the last few days. The fact is I was honored to be asked to perform at the event. The entire “Rock of Ages” production were awesome and even though I was completely out of my element I was really enjoying myself prior to my injury. In fact all involved at the awards show treated me good.

“I had a great time at the Tonys right up until I got blindsided, I must admit it was a little blurry after that. In hindsight, there is no doubt I got my bell rung, unfortunately it has been posted and perhaps funny to watch, but I can assure you it has been painful to experience.”

What do you expect when you walk into a “half-ton stage prop”? But let’s give Michaels some credit for being nice.

And after he realized he’d just clocked himself on live television?

“My nose, mouth and the back of my head felt numb. I vaguely remember asking Big John, ‘do I have any teeth left in my mouth?’ I knew I could move my arms and legs and that was an instant relief. Somebody handed me a towel to wipe the blood from my face and in my dazed state I recall staring at what seemed to be Shrek, a talking goat head and several monkey like creatures.”

Hey! Don’t talk about Elton John, Dolly Parton and the cast of “Billy Elliot” like that!

“Over the last few days a lot of speculation as to what happened and who is to blame have surfaced. I need to make clear at no point since the incident occurred do I feel like the accident was malicious in any way and I feel this will all work itself out.”

It’s nice to know Bret doesn’t think the gay Broadway mafia is out to get him, but that doesn’t stop him from starting to whine just a little.

“However I must state I found it a little strange that the only statement released by the Tony organization was that I missed my mark and that I was completely fine. First, I thought, ‘what mark?’ as there was no official mark, just a retracting drum riser and an overhead prop being rapidly lowered which was out of my view. Second, I think it was slightly irresponsible for them to report that I was fine without full knowledge of my condition, when a doctor hadn’t even looked at me yet and I surely don’t remember any X-Ray machines backstage. I am not looking for an apology, I only hoped that on a human level that the Tony organization’s representative would have expressed some concern for injury in their statement or at the very least claim they would be looking into the matter.”

Not too bad so far right? Seems like he’s trying to be a good sport about the whole thing. Okay, get ready, denial coming up in five, four, three…

“For the record never at any point during my Sunday morning rehearsal was I ever instructed that the piece was coming down and that I had very little time to get off the stage, otherwise believe me I would have stopped or at least ducked so as not to be knocked out at the Tonys. Trust me I never wanted any of this to happen. I was simply doing as I was told which was to exit the stage as Poison’s song “Nothin’ but a Good Time” came to a close.”

Unfortunately, in the world of Broadway – where timing is everything – “Better late than never” can be a dangerous thing. And according to blogger John Huntington writing on, crew members from the show have been claiming “Michaels skipped the critical rehearsal.”

In the end, the singer apologizes to “the actors and actresses who put in so much time and hard work on or off Broadway to get to the Tonys” if their moment “may have gotten overshadowed by my thick rocker cranium being struck by a stage prop.” He also thanks everyone who rushed to his dressing room to check on him, including Liza Minnelli!

And finally, it appears Michaels is feeling like his old self again despite blows to his skull and his ego.

“However, I was bummed that I did not get to see any of the acts perform during the Tonys as I have never seen a play on Broadway before, probably would have enjoyed it, and even more bummed that I did not get to attend the after parties, cuz rumor has it Anne Hathaway was going to be there and she is hot.

Ahh, there’s that classy dude from “Rock of Love” America adores.

Read Bret Michaels’ complete statement about his Tony Awards accident here.