BRET MICHAELS wanted to go out like Gen. George Custer – but instead of dying with his boots on, he he kept his trademark bandanna firmly in place — even in the ER room as docs strove to save the stricken former Poison frontman.
"I said, ‘If I’m going out, I want to go out rockin‘," Bret, 47, told Oprah Winfrey in an interview airing next week.
"It’s like Superman without the cape," he elaborated.
The Rock of Love star also said he knew something "was severely wrong" about his subarachnoid hemorrhage.
"I never instantly had a headache like that in my entire life. It’s like a migraine times 10.
"It just exploded instantly – ran from my temple down to the back of my skull."
The recovering rocker is set to appear on Sunday’s finale of Celebrity Apprentice where’ll face off against Holly Robinson Peete for a $ 250k payoff for charity.