Bret Michaels Back On The Road

Poison frontman Bret Michaels is back on the road for a prolonged stretch of dates that will run through the end of November. Michaels proved he was in good form throughout June and July when he and Poison played a 19-date swing throughout the East and Midwest with Cheap Trick. Michaels and his band will next play on Friday (August 3rd) at Mankato, Minnesota’s Ribfest at Vetter Stone Amphitheater.

Bret Michaels, who was born and raised in Pennsylvania, has often been looked upon as one of the true survivors from the infamous ’80s hair metal scene of Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Michaels explained that a huge part of his success was believing in himself and the band’s talent: [“So I go to L.A. — we’re starving — and the person I bet on, I bet on myself. We have no money, and we would get offered these publishing deals; they would hear songs like ‘Every Rose (Has It’s Thorns)’ that have sold seven, eight, 10 million copies of these singles, and people were like, ‘Hey, we’ll give you. . . ‘ Now, ‘member, this is a starving musician I’m ‘starving’ starving and they offer — they say, ‘We’re gonna give you 100 grand and we’ll own your publishing’ — and you’re going, I didn’t even know what 100 grand was then — I’m like, ‘That’s a lot of money.’ But then I bet on myself, and I said no. I want to be in control of my career, I wanna be in control of my music, where it goes, what it sounds like — for better or for worse.”] SOUNDCUE (:34 OC . . . or for worse)

  • Bret Michaels tour dates (subject to change):
    August 3 – Mankato, MN – Ribfest at Vetter Stone Amphitheater
    August 5 – Tumbler Ridge, BC – Grizfest 2018
    August 11 – Grand Forks, BC – Cannafest 2018 at James Donaldson Park
    August 12 – Billings, MT – Rimrock Auto Arena
    August 16 – Lynden, WA – Northwest Washington Fair
    August 18 – Snoqualmie, WA – Snowqualmie Casino Ampitheater
    August 21 – Boise, ID – The Dish Grandstand at the Western Idaho Fair
    August 24 – Kennewick, WA – Benton Franklin County Fair
    August 25 – Draper, UT – Leatherheads
    August 31 – Loveland, CO – Thunder Mountain Amphitheater – Thunder in the Rockies
    September 1 – Parachute, CO – Rally, Rumble & Rock at the River at Cottonwood Park
    September 2 – Obetz, OH – Zucchini Festival 2018
    September 9 – Webster, MA – Indian Ranch
    September 10 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
    September 13 – Hutchinson, KS – Kansas State Fair
    September 14 – Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
    September 15 – Kansas City, MO – Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City
    October 13, 14 – Bowling Green, KY – Vette City Motorcycle Music Fest
    October 19 – El Dorado, AR – Musicfest 31
    October 26 – West Wendover, NV – Peppermill Concert Hall
    November 6 – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – 80’s In the Sand at Breathless Resort and Spa
    November 9 – Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
    November 11 – Greeneville, TN – Niswonger Performing Arts Center
    November 26 – Detroit, MI – Motor City Casino

FAST FACTS

  • Bret Michaels‘ recent shows feature a Poison-heavy show including such favorites as “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Look What The Cat Dragged In,” “Something To Believe In,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” “Fallen Angel,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” along with the band’s classic arrangement of Loggins & Messina’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” and his own renditions of Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s “Sweet Home Alabama” and Kiss’ “Rock And Roll All Night.”