By Brent Michael, Rock At Night Tampa Correspondent
Venue: Busch Gardens Wine and Food Festival Concert Series, Tampa, Florida. Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Let’s start by clearing up any confusion: I’m Brent Michael, He’s Bret Michaels – No “n”, extra “s”. I’m older and better-looking, he’s rich and famous. Such is life!
Now that we have that cleared up, on to the show! Bret’s catalog of hits is so extensive, both as a solo artist and during his rise to fame with Poison, (who he still tours with, although here it was The Bret Michaels Band accompanying him, with former members of bands like Cinderella.) he couldn’t fit them into the all-too-brief show. But he did manage Talk Dirty to Me, Something to Believe In, Sweet Home Alabama (not his hit, but no one cared), Your Mama Don’t Dance, Every Rose Has Its Thorn, and of course Nothing But a Good Time, and a few others. He also played harmonica and guitar on a few songs.
No need to run through his history, starting with glam-rock metal, experimenting with country, TV shows including his own reality shows, drugs, band fights, car accidents, stage accidents, health issues, we all know how to Google. Suffice to say his biggest hit song is still his life’s theme: Ain’t Lookin’ for Nothing But a Good Time! And everyone from the stage to the back of the audience did!
When not in custody, I've been involved with music, photography, and writing my entire life. Ever since I was a young boy and played those silver tunes, I've had the beat, but being a drummer didn't suit me so I became a lead singer, which lasted a few years. Settling down, sort of, I translated my knowledge of audio and glib tongue into mobile emcee work, and my training as a photographer and videographer into a living in the wedding, party, bar/bat mitzvah, and entertainment industry. During this time I also managed to bamboozle my way into a master's degree in writing, worked for a couple of magazines (yes, I took photos for a nudist magazine!), have photographed hotels, done commercial work (shot the cover of Tablet and Capsule magazine), published a few articles, hosted some public access shows (a couple times in drag, but that's another story), and generally made a nuisance of myself until I landed here.