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Bret Michaels Makes Surprise Appearance on 'American Idol' Finale

Fresh off his 'Celebrity Apprentice' win, Bret Michaels made a surprise appearance on 'American Idol' Wednesday night to perform his signature song 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'.

Michaels has spent the past few weeks recovering from a potentially fatal brain hemorrhage, experiencing a warning stroke and learning that he needs surgery for a hole in his heart.

The ailing 47-year-old Poison frontman joined 'Idol' finalist Casey James on one of the band's biggest hits. It was his first live gig since suffering the series of medical emergencies.

"The doctors... I didn't tell them I was going to do this," he explained after the performing. "They're going to find out in a few minutes. I needed this for my soul, so honestly it was a great experience."

He said that seeing fans "rockin' rollin', smiling faces ... is the best medicine I can think of."

Michaels is also planning to play a concert in Biloxi, Mississippi on Friday.

May 27, 2010 |

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