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.

Twitter @aboutluisgomez

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • Man fatally shot after argument over woman at South Loop lounge
    Man fatally shot after argument over woman at South Loop lounge

    An argument over a woman led to one man being killed and another wounded during a shooting inside a South Loop music lounge early Saturday, police said.

  • Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant learned on a cruise
    Oklahoma fraternity's racist chant learned on a cruise

    Members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity apparently learned a racist chant that recently got their chapter disbanded during a national leadership cruise four years ago that was sponsored by the fraternity's national administration, the university's president said Friday.

  • In NYC building collapse, mayor cites 'inappropriately' tapped gas line; 2 missing
    In NYC building collapse, mayor cites 'inappropriately' tapped gas line; 2 missing

    Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people.

  • Emanuel uses borrowing to cope with Daley's debt burden
    Emanuel uses borrowing to cope with Daley's debt burden

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has reduced spending and increased fines, fees and certain taxes to shrink the chronic budget deficits left over from his predecessor, Richard M. Daley.

  • Six Flags Great America's lost attractions
    Six Flags Great America's lost attractions

    Not every ride's the Willard's Whizzer. That iconic coaster debuted in 1976 when Marriott's Great America, now Six Flags Great America, in Gurnee, Ill., first opened. And it's still popular today. But for every Whizzer there's a Tidal Wave, Shockwave or Z-Force, rides existing only in memory.

  • Denim's just getting started
    Denim's just getting started

    Five years ago, denim-on-denim defied all of the dire warnings in the "Undateable" handbook: Instead of evoking John Denver or Britney Spears in her misstyled youth, chambray shirts paired with darker blue jeans became as cool as actor Johnny Depp and street-style heroine Alexa Chung.

Comments
Loading