BRET MICHAELS INTERVIEW, TALKS ABOUT THE DRAMA OF THE PAST YEAR
On being back on the road:
Bret Michaels: "It's a great day for me. I'm in really just good spirits today. Here I am a year from the day that I had that ridiculous brain hemorrhage and I'm alive. I'm so glad and appreciative to be here. I've been a Type 1 diabetic since I was a kid and in some strange way being medically connected to my body has helped me be calm through some pretty horrific things that have happened to me in my life. I think it helped me a lot in my healing process."
On touring with Poison and keeping their fanbase:
Bret Michaels: "We had fans that were real fans, fans that got involved. I remember when you would look at the CD or the album and you were involved with the names, you knew the names of the band members. Then all of a sudden you could buy digital albums and there would be some band you never heard of and they shot to No. 1. What's happened in the new age is exposibility also is disposability. People say the Internet is great and I think the Internet is unbelievable. Here's the problem: it's easily disposable too."
On staying relevant through reality TV:
Bret Michaels: "I think what happened is it let the fans who knew the music exists be proud. And it also exposed it to other people because it made it relevant right here and now. I didn't go on TV and try to act out a character. I just stuck to my guns. And somewhere along the line people found a relatability. They could say ‘Hey, I can relate to why he wrote this song' or ‘Now I get why ‘Something to Believe In' meant so much.'"
On working on "Celebrity Apprentice" and Donald Trump:
Bret Michaels: "He is one of the best decision makers and delegators. He is one of those guys that basically is a ‘get it done' guy. Here's the upside: he won't fool around with the politics of politics. He's gonna go in there and he's like me. The reason I think I won ‘Apprentice' is I didn't play by any of the rules. I went in there and said if I win every battle, I win the war. And I think because Donald Trump can put our economy back in shape, let people put the money in their pockets and decide what they want to do."
"The downside will be that I'm not sure that he's gonna be happy with the way actual politics run. I call it the Agency Shuffle - you have to be at the right party at the right time at the right dinner. His downside is gonna be how long anything takes to get done. Politics is almost a game of campaigning more than actually doing."
On his engagement and wedding:
Bret Michaels: "There's no wedding date. Marriage, I think, is the finest thing people can do if they're good at it. Me and Kristi have survived many years without being married. We have two kids, two beautiful daughters, and a great relationship. We like the fact of the engagement. I don't know that we're crazy about marriage for fear that if for some reason we have a falling out, we don't want a counselor and all these people of state or religion telling us how we have to like each other."
On his "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" duet with Miley Cyrus not dropping:
Bret Michaels: "The record label, I felt, made a bad decision. I felt it was such a great version. But what can I do? It's on their label and the label chose to go to Australia. I guess they tested it or whatever the heck they do."
"It's been No. 1 and it's one of the most played songs in history - I don't think you need to test it. I'm not a test the water guy. I'm like, ‘Put the f---ing thing out.' I realize I've made as many successes as failures, but could you imagine if everything you did in your life was tested? Eventually you've gotta do what you think and show people ‘this is who I am.'"