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Michaels's music career began with the creation of the band Paris, in Harrisburg, PA in 1983. After several lineup changes his band was renamed Poison
, and moved to Los Angeles
later that same year. Poison became one of the biggest glam metal
bands in the world and also recording several hit albums such as the multi-platinum selling, Open Up and Say...Ahh!
Michaels recorded his first solo album in 1998 A Letter from Death Row
the soundtrack to the same-titled movie
he directed, wrote, and starred in. .^ He'd even called back to A.J.'s number to make sure that the call had really come from there and the same dispassionate voice had simply responded: "the clock's ticking."
Michaels released a best of album called Rock My World
in June 2008 which featured music from his reality television series Rock of Love
including the new singles "Go That Far" (Rock of Love theme), "Fallen" and "Start Again", the first 2 also featuring music videos with clips from the series and the album charted at #40 on the Billboard 200 and #4 on the Independent Albums
In December 2008 Bret released a single version of "Driven" (rock mix) which also featured a music video with preview clips for Rock of Love Bus
and he also re released the "Fallen" single with acoustic, piano and demo versions included.
.^ "So, you're not sure," Rick said, finding it hard to believe that A.J.'s life was dependent on some obscure reference from a children's book.
The DVD was included in the Hard & Heavy cd/dvd collection from (Time Life) advertised on TV by Bret Michaels. The same 4 acoustic performances were also released on CD which was titled "Bret Michaels Acoustic Sessions."
In 2010 Bret Michaels released a new single called "Nothing to Lose" from his upcoming new studio album titled "Custom Built". The song featured the guest vocals of Miley Cyrus
Bret Michaels singing "Talk Dirty to Me" in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
The cable-TV network VH1
announced on February 14, 2007 that Michaels would star as the bachelor in the reality television
dating-competition series Rock of Love with Bret Michaels
Jes Rickleff was the winner of the series, however, she also had a boyfriend outside the show
and claimed that the casting directors chose her off of the street.
She announced during the reunion show that she and Michaels were not right for each other and told Heather he was all hers and that he should have chosen the runner up. The first season was released on DVD in early 2008.
Michaels went on to star in the second season
of Rock of Love
, which premiered on January 13, 2008. On April 13, 2008, Michaels selected Ambre Lake as his "Rock of Love". Ambre and Michaels have since broken up,
and Rock of Love 3
premiered on January 4, 2009.
On May 1, 2008, Michaels appeared on a special celebrity edition of Don't Forget the Lyrics!
, where he raised $200,000 to donate to charity.
Bret Michaels has 19 top hits and he has 31 nominated songs. Including the two songs on Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
Bret Michaels has also been seen touring with the USO in Kuwait in 2007 for soldiers deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Michaels was also portrayed in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
, which features him singing "Go That Far
" and Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me
Bret Michaels dated and later became engaged to actress and singer Susie Hatton. Michaels and Hatton dated from 1988 to 1993.
Bret produced Hatton's debut album Body and Soul
in 1991. Susie Hatton is featured in Poison's "Fallen Angel" music video released in 1988.
Bret has two daughters with Kristi Lynn Gibson whom he dated from 1994 to 2005. Raine Elizabeth Sychak was born on May 20, 2000, and Jorja Bleu Sychak was born May 5, 2005. As of 2005, Michaels and Gibson are separated and share custody of their children.
Michaels had a short but notorious relationship with Pamela Anderson
. An abridged version of an explicit sex tape
the couple made appeared on the Internet
and was released on DVD
on September 7, 2005, by Metro Studios. Michaels later stopped the sexually explicit tape from being distributed, although the "teaser" version of it is still widely available on the Internet.
On June 7, 2009, Michaels suffered a fractured nose and cut lip at the Tony Awards
show after performing Poison's song "Nothin' but a Good Time" with the cast of the musical "Rock of Ages
." When Michaels turned to exit the stage, a descending piece of the set hit him in the head before he could duck under it, knocking him on his back.
Rock of Love
- For a discography as a member of Poison, see Poison discography.
||Bret Michaels: Acoustic Sessions
||"Party Rock Band" (with C.C. DeVille)
||A Letter from Death Row
||Songs of Life
||"All I Ever Needed" (with Jessica Andrews)
||Freedom of Sound
|"Right Now, Right Here"
||"Go That Far"
||Rock My World
|"Driven" (rock mix)
||"Nothing to Lose" (with Miley Cyrus)
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart
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- ^ "The Billboard 200 and Top Independent Albums chart". AllMusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:3ifpxqrgldse~T50I. Retrieved April 1, 2009.
- ^ "2008 digital singles". BretMichaels.com. http://www.bretmichaels.com/2009/music_files/2008singles.php.
- ^ "Time Life Video: Hard & Heavy confidential featuring Bret Michaels". TimeLife.com. http://www.timelife.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=1001&langId=-1&top_category=90001&productId=72518.
- ^ "Bret Michaels Acoustic Sessions: Music Review". RollingStone.com. http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/bretmichaels/albums/album/24285466/acoustic_sessions.
- ^ Nothin' To Lose Songfacts
- ^ Yes, Dear episode "Greg's Big Day" at the Internet Movie Database
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- ^ "VH1 Rock of Love". RealityBlurred.com. December 6, 2006. http://www.realityblurred.com/realitytv/archives/casting/2006_Dec_06_vh1_rock_of_love.
- ^ "Poison". TheGauntlet.com News. http://www.thegauntlet.com/article/1313/12534/Poison.html.
- ^ "ohnotheydidnt: After Bret Michaels picked Ambre Lake". LiveJournal.com. http://community.livejournal.com/ohnotheydidnt/22484328.html?thread=2694871656.
- ^ "Celebrity sex tapes". WCBS-TV. CBS Broadcasting, Inc.. http://wcbstv.com/slideshows/celebrity.sex.tapes.20.228647.html?rid=4.
- ^ "Bret Michaels". Bretmichaels.com. http://www.bretmichaels.com/media.htm. "It was also said that Bret could be considered the front man for the Steelers for his devotion and love for the team."
- ^ "Bret Michaels". http://www.bretmichaels.com/2009/press_files/press.php. "Bret was asked to sing the national anthem at one of the last Steelers games held at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium before it was demolished"
- ^ Linda von Wartburg (September 22, 2008). "Bret Michaels, Diabetic Lead Singer of". Diabetes Health. http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2007/06/07/5244.html. "When Bret was a kid, his most influential role model was a Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker by the name of Jack Lambert. Says Bret, "He was one of these people that just had this ferocious go-for-it attitude. And that's the attitude that helped to develop my thinking. When they would be losing games, you could just see him come on the field and motivate that team to win. Finding a way. You're not going to win every game, you're not going to have a platinum record every time you put a song out, but it's the going for it that is really the pot of gold. As I've gone along, as I've experienced life, I've learned that it's the going after it that's the really awesome thing."
- ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gOhveatVWAo2xZFgVdlb62tpc3pgD98MN9L81
- ^ "Rock Of Love 2". VH1 Blog. http://blog.vh1.com/2007-10-09/rock-of-love-2-rocker/.