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Bret Michaels talks ‘Stadium Tour,’ future plans, family and fans (Includes interview)

On December 28, Michaels will be performing at The Paramount in Huntington, as part of his “Unbroken World Tour.” “I am excited to come back and play on Long Island. I love The Paramount and I love Long Island. One of the best shows I’ve ever done was at The Paramount,” he said. “It will be sold out and crazy fun.”

Most recently, Michaels was recognized at the Hollywood Christmas Parade with the “Humanitarian Award.” “That was huge,” he admitted. “We enjoyed good, upbeat live music.”

Michaels and Marines from Toys for Tots delivered toys to Puerto Rico on December 21, 2019. Prior to that, he delivered $20,000 worth of toys to the Bahamas as he took on the role of Santa Claus this year. “That was amazing. It started with the ‘Humanitarian of the Year’ Award. This year, I chose to go back to the islands,” he said. “It was a great time of the year, especially at a time when the world is in so much turmoil. A little sunshine doesn’t hurt in the darkness sometimes.”

The iconic rocker is stoked about the 2020 “Stadium Tour,” where Poison will be joined by Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. “I can’t wait. Almost all of the stadiums are selling out in record-breaking times. We will truly have ‘nothin’ but a good time’ and we will go out there with Poison and make it amazing,” he said.

For the first time ever, he released an English and Spanish version of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” on his official website. In this version, Michaels collaborates with such American Idol alums as Ace Young, Jeremiah Richey, Diana DeGarmo, James Durbin, Brandon Rogers, and Elena Lansen. “My life is spontaneous, and that was truly spontaneous. We did it right after our show in the Dominican Republic,” he said.

Michaels expressed his love for the digital age. “The beauty of the digital age is incredible. The gatekeepers have come down and now you can’t stop a band if they put out good music. It’s amazing but in order to have a music community, bring back some of that vinyl and that will be incredible,” he said.

On the title of the current chapter of his life, Michaels responded, “This is the ‘Unbroken’ chapter.” “I am fighting through everything and I am being inspired. If you inspire people, then you are inspired,” he explained. “Unbroken is the name of the first volume, of many volumes of my autobiography. It is called Bret Michaels: Unbroken: Volume 1. It will be my autobiography in pictures and stories. It is well-balanced and it will be coming out in March.”

His daughter, Raine, has graced Sports Illustrated Magazine. “I am blessed because both of my daughters are hard-working and humble, and they are both creative,” he said.

This past August, his father, Wally, who was also a U.S. veteran passed away. “I wear his dog tag and a picture around my neck,” he said. “I go and visit him all the time, and my dad is always with me. He was a great, great influence on my life. He was a good dad.”

His New Year’s resolutions for 2020 are time management, occasionally some sleep, staying healthy and balancing his time a little bit better. “Passion is my absolute blessing and my curse,” he said. “Keep on keeping on.”

Michaels defined the word success as being “passionate about what he does.” “My successes are on three levels: professional level, personal level with my family and friends, and on a philanthropic level.”

For his fans that have been on his “epic” journey, Michaels concluded, “I cannot thank them enough. I couldn’t do it without them, and I need them to know that. We are in this together. We are one big family.”

To learn more about veteran rock singer-songwriter Bret Michaels and his music, check out his official homepage and his Facebook page.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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