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Bret Michaels, River Festival's opening act, suffers brain hemorrhage

Wichita River Festival officials this weekend will closely monitor the condition of rock singer Bret Michaels, who was hospitalized in critical condition in Los Angeles after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

The Poison lead singer is scheduled to perform in Wichita on May 7 in the River Festival's opening night concert at the West Bank Stage.

Festival president Janet Wright said Friday she was hopeful that Michaels would recover and be able to perform. She said festival officials hope to know by early next week whether he will be able to attend.

"We'll just have to try to find alternative entertainment if he can't make it," she said.

A source close to Michaels' situation told People magazine Friday that it will be "touch and go" for the next few days while doctors monitor his condition.

The 47-year-old glam-rock reality TV star had an emergency appendectomy at a private care facility for diabetics last week after complaining of stomach pains before he was scheduled to perform at Sea World in San Antonio, Texas. Michaels later wrote on his website that though the surgery "has taken its toll," doctors expected him to make a full recovery.

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