1. Bret Michaels On His Porn-Induced Brain Hemorrhage

Bret Michaels On His Porn-Induced Brain Hemorrhage

He's fine now, but innocently watching "Busty Cops 3" almost led to disaster.

Transcript:

CONAN: So good to see you again.
How are you?
BRET: Thank you very much.
I'm doing awesome.
How are you?
It's great to see you.
CONAN: It's great to see you.
You went through such a crazy experience.
You had a brain hemorrhage a while back and you recovered from it and you're doing great.
I was just curious -- you hear about something so dramatic.
Paint that picture.
When you had the brain hemorrhage where were you?
How did it all happen?
BRET: I was sitting on my couch.
I wish it was a much more dramatic story.
My daughters had just gone to sleep and I'm watching the MLB channel.
This is in April so baseball is just kicking up.
They were having a break and I switched over two channels and this is no lie -- I was watching "cops 3," to protect and serve" had come on.
One of the channels I surfed through.
And I paused for a second for a commercial break.
CONAN: No, no, no -- you paused.
You were watching major league baseball and then you switched over and let's just say there's some porn there and you stopped there for a second.
BRET: Accidentally.
And that's one of the last visions I had was an awful, awful soft core something or another.
CONAN: And that's where it happened?
BRET: In between there and MLB something went awry and it was horrific.
CONAN: Oh, my god, I hope you switched back between --
BRET: That was my only concern.
CONAN: Hey.
Well, you recovered.
Thank god for that.
You're doing great and now you have this show.
This comes from a place of real passion for you.
I'm told R.V.ing is something that you feel strongly about.
You grew up R.V.ing, is that right?
BRET: I did.
Both sides of my family, that's all we did.
Take the R.V.s out and go camping and fishing.
It's one of the things I love.
I love being out on the open road and I always tell people if you want to know the character of a person, go on a road trip with them and you'll either love them and bond for life or you'll never speak to each other again.
CONAN: Right.
When you're on the road with somebody it amps everything up 15 times.
BRET: And the journaly is within the journey, not just the destination.
I happen to love it but it has truly been -- taking that as a passion as a child and taking that in my professional life.
CONAN: You're starting out, your early days, poison.
You're on the road.
You must have had band aids before you graduated to tour buses, right?
BRET: We went from beat-up cars to an old ambulance band and then we got to the win baga R.V.
CONAN: And you can go to -- you would go to show to show in an R.V.?
BRET: Everywhere.
Trying to play music and -- poison was one of the first bands to have an independent record that broke the million sales mark.
I remember being on the road doing that and the next thing you know we finally got to a real tour bus and motor coach.
CONAN: What was the most decadent tour bus you had?
When the money came in I'll bet you guys got a crazy tour bus.
BRET: Yeah, we moved up to a crazy tour bus.
You want to put in the Jacuzzi hot tub and stripper pole and all this stuff.
CONAN: Nobody here went yep, that's what I would do.
Stripper pole, I would be thinking oh, you'd have a bar or something like that.
Are strippers there in the bus?
BRET: No, your hope is that there's going to be.
CONAN: It's like you put tout birdhouse and maybe the birds come.
[applause]
What are you doing putting up a stripper pole?
Wait and see what shows up.
BRET: That didn't function very well.
So they quickly got rid of that.
None of the birds came.
Quickly got rid of the bird cage and we got a bar, which I was positive that none of the glass that you put in there while you were moving would stop.
That didn't pan out well so I have a quick learning curve and I've learned to build much more functional and fun R.V.s since then.