June 29th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Bret Michaels: 'Music is a powerful healer for me'

Within a matter of months, Bret Michaels was subjected to an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage and a warning stroke. The 47-year-old rocker also recently learned he has a hole in his heart, which Michaels told Parade he’ll get an operation for in late fall or early winter.

And while just one of these events would have anyone else taking some serious downtime, Michaels - who is currently on tour and preparing for the July 6 release of his solo album - chose to cope a little differently.

“Whatever it is, I live my life passionately,” he told Parade. “And music is a powerful healer for me. I've learned a lot of it is mind over matter. Once I knew that I had a chance to survive the brain hemorrhage, I was taking life and grabbing it for everything I could.”

Another thing Michaels is in the process of grabbing is a spot on “American Idol’s” judges table. The former Poison frontman is one of several people in the running to take Simon Cowell’s coveted seat on the show.

“They did a poll and I think it was Madonna, P. Diddy, Howard Stern and myself, and I took 50 percent or 60 percent of the vote and that's tremendous. I would love to be a judge on 'American Idol.' I think I would bring a lot to the table,” Michaels said.

“I think if they have someone in there to try to imitate Simon, it would be a mistake,” he added. “He's an original. Bring Bret Michaels in to be original to who and what I am. Bring someone who can bring a little grit, true grit back to the show.”

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  1. kelly baylo

    store bret

    July 13, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. kelly

    poins you

    July 13, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. kelly baylo

    bret come her you kelly

    July 13, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. beenz

    Keep on keeping on, Bret. At least he's not following the Vince Neil path.. another DUI? Really?

    June 30, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. LC

    You need to understand his difficult "coming up" through the industry to see what perserverance and dedication can do. I don't even listen to this kind of music, but find I like the guy and his outlook on life after many, many screwups and struggles. Perhaps they shoud check his genome not unlike Ozzy's, the man is made of steel!

    June 30, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. laura

    I hope he will continue on his road to wellness & healing.....I could see him being a judge on Idol.

    June 30, 2010 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. kelly baylo

    bret how are you to be juger

    June 29, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kelly baylo

    bret how aer you

    June 29, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joe

    Wow, imagine what it could do for someone with talent.

    June 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |

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