Bret Michaels to give 'Nothin' But a Good Time' to Brainerd fans
Multi-platinum global superstar Bret Michaels - whose rise to stardom as the front man of the iconic rock 'n' roll group Poison and has sold more than 32 million records worldwide - will bring his talent to the main stage at Lakes Jam next week.
Michaels, who built his Michaels Entertainment Group into a one-man, $100 million empire, will perform at 10 p.m. June 28 at Brainerd International Raceway.
Michaels' passion for music has not changed and in his solo career, he has charted multiple solo albums, including his 2010 album, "Custom Built," which topped the charts, reaching No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock list. His latest CD, "Jammin' With Friends," was released in June of 2013 and features myriad legendary artists, including Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Buffett, Ace Frehley of Kiss, Michael Anthony of Van Halen and members of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Michaels also is involved with VH1 reality TV shows "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" and "Life As I Know It." He also was the winner on Donald Trump's NBC hit, "Celebrity Apprentice" and was on "Rock My RV with Bret Michaels." Michaels also appeared on Oprah's LifeClass as a LifeClass teacher, offering life lessons through personal stories helping to teach people about themselves and tips to enhance your life and passion.
Michaels has raised millions of dollars through his Life Rocks Foundation that raises diabetes awareness and money for research, but also gives to causes such as childhood cancer, wounded warriors, St. Jude Children's Hospital, PetSmart Charities and others. Michaels was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 6.
Even with Michaels' busy schedule, he took time to answer a few questions via email.
Dispatch: Have you ever been to Brainerd before?
Bret: "I have and had an amazing time, the people are great." Michaels is referring to his appearances at Moondance Jam in Walker.
Dispatch: What can Brainerd fans expect from your show at Lakes Jam?
Bret: "This is gonna be a full on party. All the Poison hits, all my solo hits and music from my TV shows, as well as a ton of covers that I grew up on. The solo show is a celebration of life and all about having a good time, We hit the stage and give 10,000 percent every night."
Dispatch: How did you get your start in music?
Bret: "It's always been a part of my life. My mom and dad always had music playing. My country roots come from my dad who was always playing old Hank Williams and other traditional country and things like that in the car and around the house. It really was always just a part of me, felt like a natural direction to go in. As I got older, I got into my own kind of music and listened to Zeppelin, the Stones, KISS and others. I started to play guitar and it evolved into who I am today. It was a very natural unplanned thing."
Dispatch: How many years were you with Poison? What did you learn about your music career/ and yourself while in Poison?
Bret: "I am still with Poison, we never broke up. We are going on 30 years. When you're in a band back in those days, you learn everything about yourself along with the guys in your band. We lived in a warehouse, we toured in a van together. You spend a lot of years in each other's space, and because of that I think it teaches you how to really be respectful of others and their time and mood. I believe being in a band back then really taught me how to treat people.
"As far as the music biz, it was a different time when Poison first broke, with no Internet and no digital downloads it was all about getting out and being seen. Obviously, we were part of the MTV generation and that was an incredible tool to reach fans, but at the end of the day you still had to get out and play real music with no samples or sequencers. In general, about myself and the music biz, I learned in my early days that you have to put the work in yourself because nobody is really going to do it for you, and if I wasn't already, it made me a hard worker."
Dispatch: When you decided to go on your own, what factors came into play?
Bret: "It wasn't really going on my own so to speak. I have always had my hands in many things, such as producing films, doing TV shows, my charity work with diabetes, pets and the military. I'm a creative person, and I like to keep moving, so it's only natural that when Poison had time off I kept playing."
Dispatch: Best part of being your own band?
Bret: "With Poison, it's the collective vision of four kids and I will forever embrace where we came from. But in my solo band, I get to explore all my ideas exactly as they are in my head with no compromise. So when making a record, I get to hear the song at the end the way I heard it in my head at the start of the idea. And it goes that way with every part of it, from artwork to the light show. It's really about realizing your own unaltered vision. It's a lot of pressure though because if it fails, you are the only one to blame. Either way, I'm 30 years into making music and have truly been blessed."
Dispatch: Your favorite song to perform and why?
Bret: "I can't answer that. I love them all and I love the energy of doing them live. I like them for different reasons. Songs like 'Something to Believe In,' is powerful when you look out and see the crowd singing and see the emotions in their eyes and you know they know exactly what you meant when you wrote that. Then you do something like 'Fallen Angel' or 'Nothin' But A Good Time' and you feel the energy of the crowd, really getting the party going and that's a whole different but equal feeling. And again it's all been a blessing to get to deliver that to the fans for so long."
Dispatch: I understand you wrote "Every Rose Has it's Thorn" in the laundromat. Tell me about it.
Bret: "I did. We were on tour and in Texas and we had a night off. I was doing laundry and called my girlfriend at the time. Basically she was with another man. It kinda blew me away. I hung up and the song just poured out of me."
Dispatch: Tell me what your trademark is? I have a few ideas ...
Bret: "Yeah I know. I'm sure you're thinking the hat or the bandana, but my trademark is just me being real. I've never faked it and I never will. Maybe the music is the trademark."
Dispatch: You've been busy on the business end with reality TV shows, etc., what do you do in your free time for fun?
Bret: "Yeah I know. I love music and entertainment in general be it TV, film or music. In my free time, I obviously try to spend it all with my beautiful daughters, Jorja and Raine, who are both so amazing and we have great times either riding go-karts on my go-kart track or going to the beach or anything. They are as active as me.
"I do all I can to keep healthy; battling juvenile diabetes has been part of my life for more than 40 years and as you get older you have to be more and more careful. I workout a lot and just make sure I exercise enough. I also spend a lot of time with my Life Rocks charity doing things with soldiers in need as well as diabetics and pets that need homes and care."