Bret Michaels recently spoke to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about his band's upcoming tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE and NEW YORK DOLLS. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
PPG: How did this summer tour come about?
BM: Very simple. I was going out solo this year. I have a brand new tour and CD, Bret Michaels, ?Get your Rock On.? I was going out solo and we?re going to do a couple dates with Poison for our 25th anniversary. Well, I mentioned at a couple venues that I thought it would be great if Motley and Poison toured together for our 25th and 30th anniversaries. And I took a lot of flack [laughs] from certain members of Motley Crue, who vowed they were never going to do it. Well, here we are doing it.
PPG: So what has the relationship been like with the bands over the years?
BM: Here?s the funniest thing. Vince has toured with Poison many times solo. We get along great. As far as Motley and Poison, there hasn?t been much of a connection. This is the first time we?ve ever done a tour together. I know over the years that Motley has a certain way they want to brand themselves or want themselves to be seen. With Poison, we just want to go out to play for fans and the people who show up. If there?s going to be a friendly competition as far as wanting to go out and put on a great show, absolutely.
As far as getting along, I?m not around them enough to know or really care how they feel. Even if they like Poison or don?t like me, I?m playing to fans who show up. It doesn?t have to be a lovefest between our two bands. I don?t want the fans to be separated. Motley fans are Poison fans are rock fans. Music is a universal language.
Look, I?ve toured with Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alice in Chains, you name it, Kiss, and we?ve always had great time. I think the bottom line, Motley probably made a couple bold statements in the press that were probably unnecessary, and I think the bottom line is, it all came around to us going and out and playing to a lot of fans, and I think it will be the tour of the summer. I know I?m going out there to have a good time after all I?ve been through.