Tupelo, get ready for some Bret Michaels sightings. The Poison lead singer and “Rock of Love” star promises to be out and about, as he plans to “move into town for four or five days” ahead of Poison’s tour kickoff concert at the BancorpSouth Arena on Wednesday.
“I’m gonna enjoy the local hospitality,” he said in an interview with the Daily Journal. “We’re going to put our whole show together right there in Tupelo, so I’ll be enjoying the local food and beverages, and also the local gyms and fitness centers. I may even take my Harley out and go for a spin.”
Coming up roses
The last 25 years have been good ones, for the most part, for Bret Michaels.
His rock band Poison sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
In the last several years, he’s found a new kind of fame on reality TV, judging “Nashville Star,” winning “Celebrity Apprentice 3” and overseeing his own shows, “Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It” and several seasons of his dating competition, “Rock of Love.”
A year ago, he suffered a massive hemorrhage, followed about a month later by what doctors called a “warning stroke.”
Michaels, who is diabetic, said he’s made a comeback.
“Life is good,” he said. “I’ve had some really tremendous highs and, medically, bad lows, but all in all, right now, I feel really good. For me, it’s a great moment.”
He said he can’t wait to kick off the tour in Tupelo and play Poison’s greatest hits with the band’s original line-up.
“I can’t explain how pumped I am about it,” he said. “We’ve had 16 Top 20 singles, and we’re gonna play those, for sure.”
The opening act is Warrant, who opened for Poison on its first headlining tour 25 years ago, Michaels said.
After all this time, music is still his first love.
“When I’m feeling down or just need to get away, I drive and listen to music. It really sets my soul free. I don’t know what it is, I guess it’s just that movement, and then on top of that I get to play music for fans and I get to meet a lot of cool people. I’m still in it for the love of music,” he said.
He’ll share that passion with fans next week in Tupelo.
“It’s a very updated, exciting show, but it’s still got that feel of good classic rock,” he said. “You’ll never have a night of this much fun.”
– Who: Poison, Warrant
– When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
– Where: BancorpSouth Arena
– Cost: $99.50/VIP-After party,
$45, $25, all plus fees
– Info: bcsarena.com or
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