By Deb Everts
After 35 years in the music business, rock icon Bret Michaels is still going strong and pleasing three generations of fans.
Michaels is bringing his solo tour, “Bret Michaels Songs & Stories World Tour,” to the Seneca Allegany Events Center Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
According to Loudwire, Poison’s “Nothin’ But a Good Time” tour came to a close last July. He launched his online series, “Classic Acoustic Songs and Stories Live From Bret Michaels’ House,” this past fall.
A talented musician, singer, songwriter and author, Michaels is best known as the frontman of the 1980s “big hair” metal rock band Poison and as the star of the former reality television show “Rock of Love.”
According to Spotify, Michaels rose to fame as the outlandish frontman of the rock band, Poison, and helped define the rock-n-roll scene on the Sunset Strip, in California. The ‘80s glam metal band has been hugely successful selling over 30 million records worldwide and numerous hit singles.
Michaels’ solo career has been equally successful as he has released and sold multiple solo albums including “Custom Built,” released in 2010, that topped the charts and became No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock list.
His CD, “Jammin’ With Friends,” released in June 2013, featured a large group of legendary artists and friends of his including Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley (Kiss), Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
His follow up album, “True Grit,” featured the single, “Girls on Bars” and “A Beautiful Soul.” He released the single, “Jorja Bleu,” in 2017, which was penned for and named after his youngest daughter who was going through a tough moment in her life.
According to Butler Radio, Michaels was born Bret Michael Sychak in Butler, Pa., and grew up in the suburb Lyndora. His musical career began as a teenager when he started playing the guitar and started a band with his friends. They performed at numerous venues in Pennsylvania under the name, “Paris,” before moving to Los Angeles in early 1984.
The group renamed their band “Poison” and signed a deal with Enigma Records, releasing their first album, “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” in August 1986.
The band’s power ballad, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” released in December 1988, came to be regarded as “the ultimate ‘80s anthem about heartbreak.”
In the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Poison emerged as one of the greatest glam metal bands in the world. According to Billboard magazine, the group sold more than 40 million records worldwide.
The band’s Top 10 songs are “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” “What I Like About You,” “Something to Believe In,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Fallen Angel,” “I Won’t Forget You,” “Nothin’ but a Good Time” and “SexyBack.”
Since 1998, Michaels has divided his time between the band and his career as a solo artist. He wrote, directed, scored and starred in the 1998 thriller, “A Letter From Death Row” that was co-produced by Charlie Sheen, who formed a production company with Michaels in the mid-‘90s.
Michaels has released studio albums, “Songs of Life” (2003), “Freedom of Sound” (2005), “Custom Built” (2010), and “Jammin’ with Friends” (2013); compilation albums “Show Me Your Hits” (2000), “Ballads, Blues & Stories” (2001), “Rock My World” (2008), and “True Grit” (2015); and extended plays “Country Demos” (2000) and “Bret Michaels: Acoustic Sessions”(2008).
In addition to his musical career, he starred in the reality TV series, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels,” which aired between July 2007 and April 2009. Other TV appearances include “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It,” a reality show on VH1 that focused on his home life with his daughters and their mother, and “The Celebrity Apprentice 3.”
Michaels just completed the second year of his sold-out “Party Starts Now” solo tour, which has brought record-breaking numbers to outdoor festivals and arenas, according to Digital Journal.
Michaels’ new song, “Unbroken,” features his 13-year old daughter, Jorja, in her first musical performance with her father. Not only does she sing and perform on the track with him, but the father/daughter duo also co-wrote the song about adversity together. The single is expected to be released in January or February.
At age six, Michaels was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and has become a passionate supporter of research on diabetes and a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.
In an interview with Digital Journal, Michaels said his “Life Rocks Foundation,” is a unique dollar-in, dollar-out foundation that gives back to multiple causes including diabetes research, wounded soldiers and animals in need (pet shelters).
To find out more about Michaels, his career and tour dates, visit online at bretmichaels.com.