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Poison Frontman Loves The Reality Of "Love"

Of the Oakland Press

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He is still, primarily, the frontman for

Poison, having

“Nothing But a Good Time” as the group makes its annual trek across the country.

But these days Bret Michaels also is busy as a rock ’n’ roll Lothario on “Rock of Love,” a new VH1 reality series twist on “The Bachelor” that finds the singer cavorting in a Hollywood Hills mansion with 20 women hoping to become his girlfriend.

“I just told (the producers): ‘Trust me. Bring in some really fun, great girls that love rock music, don’t script it and you will have everything you need. Just let it unfold,’ ” says Michaels, 44, who was born Bret Michael Sychak in Butler, Pa., and moved west with Poison in 1984.

In true reality-show form, the separated father of two is not revealing the ending — except to say that “two things happen in the show that have never been done on reality dating TV” — but Michaels did find that it was harder than he expected to boot any of the women out of the mansion. “It was weird,” he confirms. “You’re like, ‘What am I gonna care? I don’t know them.’ But it didn’t work out like that. It was extremely difficult for me to let someone go, and it got really difficult as the show started to narrow down.”

While “Rock of Love” plays on TV, Michaels and the rest of Poison are playing on the road, promoting the new “Poison’d” — a covers collection produced by Detroit native Don Was that includes songs made famous by David Bowie, Alice Cooper, the Romantics, the Rolling Stones, the Cars, Sweet, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and others.

Michaels says his druthers were to make an album of new Poison songs, but after an onstage altercation with bassist Bobby Dall last year in Atlanta, it seemed that a smart move to alleviate the tension would be the covers project, doing “some of the songs we used to do and just have a good time doing it instead of beating each other up on (new) songs.

“And it was a lot of fun, I gotta tell ya,” he says. “These (songs) are how we started, so we had a really good time doing them again.”

Poison, Ratt and Vains of Jenna perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday (July 31st) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $42.50 pavilion, $26 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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