By Brian M. Howle
(Note: Originally scheduled for June 10, this show was postponed after a much-publicized accident at the end of a performance during Broadway’s Tony Awards televised on June 7, in which Bret suffered a fractured nose and numerous abrasions and bruises when a sign was lowered into his path as he was exiting the stage.)
Say what you will about the legendary, hedonistic days of ‘80s Glam Metal Rock, and all of the salacious players who gained notoriety and beaucoup trim because of its insatiable popularity: Ya either had it, or ya didn’t.
See, someone like Joe Jackson – great songwriter and musician that he was – didn’t.
But if you were from, say, Pennsylvania; and you took your band and your dreams of rock ‘n roll stardom to the mean streets of L.A.; if you damn near starved to death while having the best (and worst) times of your life; and if your band was Poison and you became an MTV ‘80s icon selling over 25 million albums; oh, and if you were so glam cute the hotties left a small pool on the floor when they saw you … well, you did.
And that would mean your name was Bret Michaels, and now the Poison frontman and the host and star of VH1’s Rock of Love is bringing the Rock of Love Bus Tour with opening act Parmalee to the House Of Blues in N. Myrtle Beach, SC on Thursday, August 6, 2009.
Here’s the Bo-Skinny-Bop from Michaels’ website, and from info culled from the net:
Bret Michaels is, if nothing else, a true survivor. He has survived a lifelong battle as an insulin dependent diabetic since the age of six, a well publicized near fatal car crash in 1994 and the countless musical trends and fads of the last two decades.
“As soon as I ever start to just go through the motions I’ll quit,” confessed the 46 year old singer, songwriter, producer, director, actor and father of two daughters in a recent interview. But there’s little chance he’ll even slow down let alone quit anytime soon. In fact, after more than 20 years in the business this award winning, multi platinum superstar’s career continues to move at warp speed.
As front man for the legendary rock band Poison, Michaels has sold 25 million records and scored an amazing 15 chartbusting Top 40 singles including “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” “Nothing But a Good Time” and the timeless #1 smash ballad “Every Rose Has its Thorn.”
And in the new millennium Poison’s music has been featured in such big screen flicks as “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Grandma’s Boy” and “Deuce Bigelow-European Gigolo.” They continue to be one of the industry’s top grossing concert attractions and their 2006 20 Years of Rock CD was a bona fide Top 20 gold smash. Poison’s most recent CD is 2007’s Poison’D an album of cover songs that have influenced the band members over the years.
Michaels has also produced and written material for other artists including Stevie Nicks. He wrote and produced the song “Love’s a Hard Game to Play” which appeared on Nicks’ platinum album Timespace: The Best Of Stevie Nicks. More recently Michaels could be heard providing background vocals along with Phil Vassar on the Kenny Chesney/Uncle Kracker duet single “Last Night Again.”
In the mid-90s Michaels formed a film production company with actor Charlie Sheen. The partnership ultimately led to Michaels writing, directing and starring in several films including “A Letter From Death Row” which he executive co-produced with Sheen.
As an actor, Michaels has made regular appearances on such hit television shows as “Yes Dear,” “Martial Law,” and “The Chris Isaak Show.” And he has also co-hosted “Access Hollywood” and been a judge on the wildly popular “Nashville Star” program. Recently, Michaels has played for charity on “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” winning $250,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Setting his musical sights beyond Poison, Michaels released his debut solo album Songs of Life in 2003 followed by the rootsy, Americana flavored sophomore record Freedom of Sound in 2005. The current release, Rock My World was released in June 2008 and features a collection of Bret Michaels’ solo songs that have been featured on the “Rock Of Love” television series.
Michaels has also toured with the USO in Kuwait in 2007 for soldiers deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom; and is portrayed in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, which features him singing “Go That Far” and Poison’s “Talk Dirty to Me”.
Michaels, ever the self-promotion prototype, joins the ranks of author with a soon to be released, provoking autobiographical account of his life with Roses & Thorns, similar in nature to Motley Crue’s The Dirt.
“This is the unvarnished truth about my life – everything I dreamed it could be but nothing I thought it would be,” Michaels confesses in the book’s promo tag, “The reality of my rock and roll fantasy … Enjoy and rock on.”
The 352-page hardcover edition is published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment, and release date is June 23, 2009.
Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and Rock of Love 2 with Bret Michaels, where twenty lucky ladies got their chance for an All-Access pass to Bret Michaels’ heart and to share in all his superstar lifestyle, has been a enormous ratings winner for Vh1. The series has became the highest rated series on Vh1 and consistently won its time slot when aired, including multiple airings. Michaels just completed filming a third installment of the series aptly titled “Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels” as the singer is taking the show on the road this time.
“I would play music whether I made it or not,” Michaels told a journalist in 2002 and it’s that commitment to his art that continues to keep him at the forefront of the entertainment industry.
So break out your best headband, shoehorn your butt into some spandex and join Bret Michaels and The Bret Michaels band – with opening act Parmalee – at House Of Blues in N. Myrtle Beach, SC on Thursday, August 6, 2009. Doors open 7:00pm. For ticket info call 843-272-3000 or Ticketmaster 843-679-9333; or visit http://www.houseofblues.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
This article also appeared in the June 4 – 18, 2009 issue (Page 25) of Alternatives and Coast NewsMagazines.