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Interview:
Third visit to metro area is a charm for Bret Michaels
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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When he comes to the Detroit area, Bret Michaels apparently has nothing but a good time — which is why he keeps coming back.



Michaels has already been through town twice this year with his band, Poison, opening for Motley Crue and then headlining a Seats For Soldiers benefit a few weeks later, both at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. His headlining slot at Arts, Beats & Eats, then, completes a summer triple-play.



“It was so awesome to be there not only with Poison and Motley, but then three weeks later where we could come back and (headline),” says Michaels, 48 (nee Sychak). And for them both to not only be fun but successful, it was great.



“So now I’m just really excited to come back solo and play new Bret Michaels stuff and obviously Poison stuff and really make a party out of it. It says a lot about the relationship I have with” Detroit.



If all goes according to plan, folks all over will be seeing much more of Michaels in the coming year. He’s working on a new solo album called “Get Your Rock On,” which he hopes will feature guest performances by Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Stevie Nicks, possibly members of Lynyrd Skynyrd and younger groups such as Pop Evil and My Darkest Days. Poison will also hit the road again next summer, he says, possibly with Def Leppard.



The star of VH1’s “Rock of Love” series and past winner of “Celebrity Apprentice” has a pair of new reality shows in development, one for network TV and another for cable. And he promises that his long-awaited autobiography “Roses and Thorns: The Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy to My Reality” will finally be published in summer 2012.



“It’s going to be about the roses and thorns of situations in my life — what was happening, the good, the bad, the ugly and the solution,” Michaels explains. “It won’t be one of those books that, ‘I was born here, I moved here, this happened here ... ’ I wanted to give the book more of an identity.



“And it’s been tough, because every time I think I’m finished, something new happens. Simon & Schuster finally said, ‘You can’t keep writing this book. It’s 16 books long!’ But now it’s closer to how I always wanted it to be, so it’s going to get out there.”



Bret Michaels performs at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, on the Michigan Lottery Main Stage at Arts, Beats & Eats in downtown Royal Oak. Admission is $3. Visit www.artsbeatseats.com.



Web Site: www.artsbeatseats.com

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