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Bret Michaels Ready To Rock -- And Love -- In Coming Year

Of the Oakland Press

Posted: Friday, October 2, 2009

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Poison frontman and VH1 “Rock of Love” star Bret Michaels had hoped to have his autobiography, “Roses and Thorns: The Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy to My Reality,” out earlier this year. But having publication pushed back into the spring of 2010 worked to the book’s benefit.

“It would have been great to have it out there,” Michaels, 46, says. “But after now, I can talk about the Tonys and the (summer) tour with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick and all the nutty stories I have from the summer.”

Of particular interest, of course, is the Tony Awards incident on June 7, when Michaels fractured his nose in a collision with a piece of moving scenery after he performed Poison’s “Nothin’ But a Good Time” with the cast of “Rock Of Ages,” a mishap that is still a YouTube favorite.

“You know, I went out there, did my thing and waved and walked back,” Michaels recalls. “They tell you, ‘Don’t ever turn your back on the crowd.’ I’m not a trained Broadway actor, so my question was, ‘How the hell do I see?’ They said, ‘Just walk back, we’ll clear the stage ... ’

“My last thought before it hit me was, ‘Man, I’m gonna get to party tonight. It’s gonna be great!’ Then, boom! It literally rung my bell. It was like getting a shot in the jaw from (Evander) Holyfield.”

Back in form, Michaels is looking forward to a 2010 devoted to his own projects; besides the biography, he’s planning a new solo album, an episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music” that debuts Oct. 1 and a couple of new TV shows he can’t talk about yet — although he acknowledges that “the next chapter of ‘Rock of Love’ is coming and ... moves a little differently” than its predecessors.

He’ll return to Poison in 2011 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group’s recording. “I’m really, really looking forward to that,” Michaels says. “We’ll just go out for a wild year and do what we do and have a blast and just make a nice, big world tour out of 2011.”

Bret Michaels and Monkey Grinder perform at 8 p.m. Friday (Oct. 2) at SoundBoard in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave. Tickets are $59 and $51 reserved and $49 general admission. Call (313) 237-7711 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com.

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