Bret Michaels Performs for First Time Since Near Fatal Brain Bleed

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LOS ANGELES -- Rocker Bret Michaels made his first musical performance Wednesday night since being hospitalized with a near-fatal brain hemorrhage last month.

Michaels joined Top 3 finalist Casey James at Wednesday's "American Idol" Season 9 finale, which was filmed at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.

The two performed Michaels' hit song "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

James started the song and was joined by the former Poison front man about a minute in, surprising the crowd.

Michaels received a standing ovation at the end of the performance.

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Michaels, 47, sounded great and looked strong -- especially for a man who nearly died after suffering a brain hemorrhage last month.

The surprise performance came just three days after Michaels won "Celebrity Apprentice" during the show's live finale.

Michaels is still recovering from a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage, which left him hospitalized in April. He also suffered a small "warning stroke" known as a Transient Ischemic Attack, or TIA, and was recently sent back to the hospital. At that time, doctors discovered the musician has a hole in his heart, which will likely require surgery.

His publicist, Joann Mignano, said the rocker is receiving outpatient care.

Doctors say the TIA and the hole in his heart are not related to the earlier brain hemorrhage. Both conditions are considered treatable.

Michaels released a "personal note" on his website, thanking his fans for all their support.

"With all of my heart, soul and the remaining organs I have left ... Iwould like to thank each and every one of you for all of yoursupport and awesomeness... I hope to see your rockin rollin, smiling faces on the road. That is the best medicine I can think of right now. You rock my world."

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