Bret Michaels is, if nothing else, a true survivor.Â He has survived a life long battle as an insulin dependent diabetic, a well publicized near fatal car crash in 1994 and the countless musical trends and fads of the last two decades.
â€œAs soon as I ever start to just go through the motions Iâ€™ll quit,â€ confessed the 44 year old singer, songwriter, producer, director and actor in a recent interview.Â But thereâ€™s little chance heâ€™ll even slow down let alone quit anytime soon.Â In fact, after more than 20 years in the business this award winning, multi platinum superstarâ€™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 â€œTalk Dirty to Me,â€ â€œSomething to Believe In,â€ â€œNothing But a Good Timeâ€ and the timeless #1 smash â€œEvery Rose Has its Thorn.â€Â And in the new millennium Poisonâ€™s music has been featured in such big screen flicks as â€œMr. and Mrs. Smith,â€ â€œGrandmaâ€™s Boyâ€ and â€œDeuce Bigelow–European Gigolo.â€ They continue to be one of the industryâ€™s top grossing concert attractions and their 2006 â€œ20 Years of Rockâ€ CD was a bona fide Top 20 gold smash.Â Their current single, a remake of the 1974 Grand Funk Railroad classic â€œWeâ€™re an American Bandâ€ was produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt).
Streaming link to the first single â€œGo That Farâ€:
Michaels has also produced and written material for other artists including Stevie Nicks.Â He wrote and produced the song â€œLoveâ€™s a Hard Game to Playâ€ which appeared on Nicksâ€™ platinum album â€œTimespace: The Best Of Stevie Nicks.â€Â More recently Michaels could be heard providing background vocals along with Phil Vassar on the Kenny Chesney/Uncle Kracker duet single â€œLast Night Again.â€
In the mid–90s Michaels formed a film production company with actor Charlie Sheen.Â The partnership ultimately led to Michaels writing, directing and starring in several films including â€œA Letter From Death Rowâ€ which he executive co–produced with Sheen.
As an actor, Michaels has made regular appearances on such hit television shows as â€œYes Dear,â€ â€œMartial Law,â€ and â€œThe Chris Isaak Show.â€Â And he has also co–hosted â€œAccess Hollywoodâ€ and been a judge on the wildly popular â€œNashville Starâ€ program.
Setting his musical sights beyond Poison, Michaels released his debut solo album â€œSongs of Lifeâ€ in 2003 followed by the rootsy, Americana flavored sophomore record â€œFreedom of Soundâ€ in 2005.Â
â€œI would play music whether I made it or not,â€ Michaels told a journalist in 2002 and itâ€™s that commitment to his art that continues to keep him at the forefront of the entertainment industry.
Bret Michaels Official Site:
http://www.bretmichaels.comÂ Â Â Â
Upcoming Bret Michaels tour dates:
July 10 -Â Pryor Creek Festival Grounds / Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK
July 12 – The Dry Bean, Madison, WI After Show Party
July 13 – Underworld, Columbus, OH After Show Party
July 15 – Club Jager, Peoria, IL After Show Party
July 17 – Dewey’s Roadhouse, Chippewa Falls, WI After Show Party
July 22 – Floydâ€™s@ Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa, FL After Show Party
July 23 – Mr. Gâ€™s Rock Bar, W. Palm Beach, FL After Show Party
July 30 – Nacho Mommas, Hempstead, NY After Show Party
August 2 – Tanners Grill & Bar, Kimberly, WI After Show Party
August 3 – Joe’s, Chicago, IL After Show Party
August 7 – Cavern Club@ Hard Rock CafÃ©, Boston, MA After Show Party
August 9 – TNTs Bar & Grill, Clinton Township, MI After Show Party
August 14 – Barley House, Akron, OH After Show Party
August 16 – Blue Note, Cincinnati, OH After Show Party
September 6 – Ecks Saloon, Lakewood, CO After Show Party
September 13 – Heritage Hall, Ardmore, OK
September 13 – Two Frogs, Ardmore, OK After Show Party
September 28 – Bayfest, Corpus Christi, TX
October 13 – The Big Fresno Fair, Fresno, CA
October 24 â€“ Pensacola Interstate Fair, Pensacola, FL
November 29 – Morongo Casino, Cabozon, CA