Rocker BRET MICHAELS has dismissed critics' concerns he's pushing himself too hard following a health nightmare in 2010, insisting his busy schedule keeps him "young at heart".
The Poison frontman almost died after suffering a brain haemorrhage and a mild stroke last year (10), just weeks after experiencing complications from an emergency appendectomy.
During his hospitalisation, doctors also discovered he had a hole in his heart and he underwent surgery in January (11) to fix the condition.
Michaels defied medics' advice to rest and continued to tour on and off in between his health crises, but he insists all of his plans are carefully thought through.
He tells Us Weekly magazine, "The truth is, working makes me feel good. If I sat around thinking about everything I've been through, I'd never leave the hospital! They say rock 'n' roll ruins your life, but, for me, it kept me young at heart and saved me.
"I'm not taking stupid risks. I fought to live, so now I get out at every truck stop in America and throw footballs or baseballs or ride my bike. That's how I stay healthy."
And, despite his health concerns, Michaels is lining up gigs for the rest of the year (11), now his heart has healed.
He says, "I'm on the road now, then I'm reuniting with Poison and then we join Motley Crue to tour this summer. I also have a brand new line of custom Dean guitars and my own Bret Michaels Super Cruise in November! I'm going to bar tend, play concerts and make sure people have the time of their lives. I need to party right now!"