BRET MICHAELS, who is recovering well from his recent brain hemorrhage, told Oprah that he wore his trademark bandanna throughout his hospital stay. “I said, ‘If I’m going out, I want to go out rockin’.’ ” It would be easy to scoff at Michaels for harboring the delusion that his ridiculous bald-hiding affectation is some kind of symbol of rock rebellion, but let’s cut the dude some slack. Part of his brain just blew up.

Finally, the week’s best deployment of the word “literally,” courtesy of LARS ULRICH. In an open letter to the late Ronnie James Dio (who is currently cavorting with Frank Frazetta in bad-ass dragon heaven), Ulrich wrote:

“When we finally got a chance to play together in Austria in 2007, even though I may not have let on, I was literally transformed back to that little snot-nosed kid who you met and inspired 31 years earlier.”

Did Dio’s awesome sorcery know no bounds? Well, actually, transforming Lars Ulrich into a whiny little punk wouldn’t take that much doing.

DAVID THORPE | dthorpe@phx.com

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