Bret Michaels' near-death experience in Chicago area, R. Kelly mourns end of McRib, Ne-Yo parties at Paris Club

There’s a reason you no longer see a real disco ball hanging over the stage at Poison concerts. Lead singer Bret Michaels said he was nearly crushed by a 320 lb. disco ball while playing “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” at a show at the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park.

“The fans were screaming for me to come forward, so I took a couple steps forward and the ball came crashing down on stage,” Michaels told me. “It literally landed where I was standing. We looked at each other like ‘We’re still alive, right?’ That would have been an instant death. You would have seen my boots sticking out underneath the mirror ball.”

Michaels, who performed a solo show at Viper Alley in Lincolnshire Friday, said he now uses a much lighter, fake disco ball during concerts.

On the record: “Send your prayers out and chuck up your deuces, the McRib is gone. It was only here for a limited time.” – R. Kelly, via Twitter

Congratulations: Notre Dame high school alum Ernie Halvorsen and fiancee Cindy Chiang walked away with the $1 million grand prize on the season finale of CBS’ “The Amazing Race” Sunday. "This has been the best premarital counseling that you could ever get,” Chiang said.

The end is near: “The Nate Berkus Show,” hosted by interior desinger and Lake Forest College alum Nate Berkus, will not return for a third season due to its poor ratings. “Thank you twitter world for sharing all of your thoughts,” Berkus tweeted. “The show has been so special to me, and all of you have been the inspiration.”

Sightings: Singer Ne-Yo hung out at Paris Club’s upstairs lounge, Studio Paris, on Thursday and posed for photos with fans. … The Bears’ Matt Forte attended the opening of the Men’s Journal Collection pop-up store Wednesday at 900 North Michigan Shops. … The Bears’ Julius Peppers watched R&B singer Miguel perform at Grey Goose’s Rising Icons concert at The Shrine on Thursday.

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