Michaels took his insulin injection before the show but was so nervous about performing that he neglected to eat.
Several songs into Poison's set, Michaels went into insulin shock and collapsed onstage.
The album went platinum, and the band became famous.
In March of that year, Poison headlined a show at Madison Square Garden.
In 2001 Michaels released a unique storytellers CD titled Ballads, Blues & Stories which featured Poison and Michaels solo tracks along with recorded stories about each song. In December 2008, Michaels released a single version of "Driven" (rock mix) which also featured a music video with preview clips for the third season of Rock of Love, titled Rock of Love Bus.
In 2003, Michaels released a brand new studio album Songs of Life which featured the singles "Raine" (dedicated to his daughter) and "Bittersweet". Michaels also re released the "Fallen" single with acoustic, piano and demo versions included.
In early 1984 the band tired of playing the Pennsylvania bar circuit, changed their name to Poison and moved west to Los Angeles to seek fame in the Sunset Boulevard scene.
That same year, Michaels met 16-year-old Tracy Lewis, who would become both his girlfriend and the muse for one of his most memorable songs. De Ville, who would become both Michaels' friend and a source of conflict.On July 6, 2010, Michaels released his new album Custom Built.The album became Michaels highest charting solo album to date peaking at No. On August 4, 2010, Michaels appeared in the fifth season of America's Got Talent and performed "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", accompanying himself on acoustic folk guitar.After getting into a fistfight with Michaels, De Ville left the band, and descended further into addiction. In the mid-1990s, after a night of partying, Michaels came close to dying when he crashed his Ferrari into a telephone pole. Deville, Poison went on a successful greatest hits reunion tour.Poison went on with new guitarist Richie Kotzen recording the Gold album Native Tongue and then with guitarist Blues Saraceno recording the album Crack a Smile... He incurred serious injury, including broken ribs, a disfigured nose and lost teeth. In the next decade, Bret Michaels would split his time between Poison and a successful solo career.He was also the winning contestant on NBC's reality show Celebrity Apprentice 3 and also featured in his own reality docu-series Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It, which inspired his highest charting album as a solo artist, Custom Built, reaching No. He is also known for hosting on the Travel Channel.