“The main thing that you have to have, the thing that supersedes everything else, is willpower,” Michaels said. “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s almost like a placebo. I may have gotten the pill that did nothing, but my willpower made me believe I was going to get better and oddly enough I did.
“I go as long as I can for as much quality as I can,” he added. “And I want to be clear, it’s not easy. I don’t want people to think, ‘oh la-dee-da, I’ve got cancer, I’ve got diabetes, it’s no big deal.’ It’s a very big deal, but the secret is, you take that card you’ve been dealt and you deal with it but you don’t let it supersede the quality time you have left. Find what rocks your world and do it for as long as you can.”
In 2009, Michaels was injured while performing on the Tony Awards. The following year, he had a brain hemorrhage and also underwent an emergency appendectomy. In 2014, Michaels had kidney surgery. This past January, Bret underwent two separate surgeries — one to repair a torn rotator cuff and another to have a patch of skin cancer removed.
The 57-year-old rocker, who is a father to two daughters, is a lifelong Type 1 juvenile diabetic who continues to raise funds and awareness for not only diabetic causes, but St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PetSmart charities and more.
This summer, POISON is scheduled to embark on “The Stadium Tour” with MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS.
Vinny‘s latest comments echoed those made by his former SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL bandmate Tony Iommi, who told The Midland Rocks in 2018 interview: “[Ronnie] had such an amazing voice — he could just do stuff that was so natural to him and he would never warm up. He had a different regime to everybody else, like Ozzy for example he always warms up before he goes on stage. But with Ronnie, he could be sitting here talking and having a drink and then he could go straight on stage — no warm-up — and sing like he was like a superhero.”
A year ago, DISTURBED frontman David Draiman told U.K.’s Planet Rock that Dio “humbled” him about his vocal abilities.
“One time I went to see him in Chicago at the House Of Blues and was fortunate enough to go backstage and say hello,” David recalled. “And he’s doing his usual — he’s got a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other. And I was just so taken with the opportunity to meet him — one of my greatest sources of inspiration and an idol of mine; one of the most majestic rock voices that ever existed. And I pulled him to the side for a minute. I’m, like, ‘Ronnie, could I ask you a question?’ ‘Sure. What would you like to ask?’ ‘What do you do for your warm-up? How do you get ready for the show?’ And he goes ahead and puts his hand on my shoulder and he looks me in the eyes and he says, ‘Brother, if you have to warm up, you don’t have it.’ [Laughs] And I was crushed. I literally felt like four inches tall at the time. And he said that he was messing with me. But literally, the man never warmed up — the wine and the cigarettes was the warm-up.”
Dio replaced Ozzy in BLACK SABBATH in 1980, recording the “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” albums, plus “Live Evil”, before leaving in 1982. He rejoined the group 10 years later for an album called “Dehumanizer”, and again teamed with the group under the HEAVEN & HELL banner in 2006. HEAVEN & HELL released an album called “The Devil You Know” in 2009.
Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67.
Majura posted a video of the jam on her YouTube channel, writing in an accompanying message: “Give it up for this week’s jam squad: (drum roll) Mike Portnoy and (fanfare) Gus G! We gathered together digitally to jam George Harrison‘s classic ‘Got my mind set on you’ for you! Hope you like it. Please like the video, share it with your friends to make them smile and spread happiness.”
Gus also shared the clip via Twitter and wrote: “My friend @JenMajura does these awesome 1 min jam video covers and I’m happy to join her & the legend @MikePortnoy as we’re all jamming away on the classic George Harrison track ‘I got my mind set on you’. Special guest cameo: Leon & Valentino”
During the global pandemic, a number of musicians have been entertaining fans in isolation with micro-concerts on their social media, including members of BUSH, SOUNDGARDEN, THE PRETTY RECKLESS, ANTHRAX, HALESTORM and TESTAMENT.
My friend @JenMajura does these awesome 1 min jam video covers and I’m happy to join her & the legend @MikePortnoy as we’re all jamming away on the classic George Harrison track “I got my mind set on you”. Special guest cameo: Leon & Valentino ? ? ❤️ https://t.co/Aiw5Skww7W
— Gus G. (@gusgofficial) May 23, 2020