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Interview:
Bret Michaels Brings Birthday Party To Detroit
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Given that he’s the lead singer of a band who’s best-known anthem is called “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” it’s no surprise that Bret Michaels doesn’t plan to turn 46 quietly this weekend in Detroit.

“I’m going to have a great party that night,” says the Poison frontman and “Rock of Love” reality TV show star, whose Saturday (March 14) performance at the MotorCity Casino Hotel comes the night before his birthday. “It’s going to be a great solo show: Poison to my solo stuff and some cover stuff.

“And after that, I’m gonna have a great after-party. I’m gonna have a lot of good friends and family coming in for it, people from Cleveland and Toledo and up from Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. It’s gonna be a good time.”

The birthday bash will give Michaels (born Bret Michael Sychak in Mechanisburg, Pa.) a short respite from what’s been a busy work year. He’s written an autobiography, “Roses and Thorns: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy to My Reality,” that hits stores in June and, he says, “gives you every aspect of my life ... it gives you the sex, the drugs, the rock ‘n’ roll.” He’s also working on material for his sixth solo album and is priming Poison for a summer tour with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick that plays July 24 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

He’s also in the midst of his third VH1 dating show, this one dubbed “Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels” and ending April 5. It exists, of course, because Michaels — who has two young daughters from a relationship with model Kristi Lynn Gibson — has yet to find lasting love via the series. But he hasn’t given up hope.

“I’m having a blast,” Michaels says. “I think if you see the show, it’s as real as can be. I’m not trying to play this holierthan-thou rock star. I’m just trying to play and (am) having a good time dating.

“And it’s allowed me to have that much TV exposure, which definitely hasn’t hurt. I’m certainly not complaining — about anything!”



Bret Michaels and Dirty Americans perform at 8 p.m. Saturday (March 14) at the Motor City Casino Hotel’s Sound Board, 2901 Grand River Blvd., Detroit. Tickets are $56, $48 and $41. Call (866) 782-9662 or visit www.motorcitycasino.com

Web Site: www.motorcitycasino.com

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