CASEY JAMES on BRET MICHAELS "He is an amazing dude"

Date June 4, 2010 / 883 reads

Casey James told MTV News' James Montgomery about the secrecy surrounding Michaels' appearance. "Well, they give us the songs, and they say, 'This is the song you're going to be doing, you're going to be doing a duet,' and I see the song and I'm like, 'Why are you having me do this song? I know Bret Michaels is ill, so who are they gonna have sing the song with me?' I was just very confused," James told MTV News. "Then, I think it was two days before the show ? Bret Michaels, [producers] were calling him 'rock star,' that was, like, the code name for the guy I was playing with ? and so they said, 'Rock star wants to see you.' And I'm like, 'OK, so I'm gonna meet the dude, or the female, or whoever it is that I'm doing the song with,' and I walked in and there he is, and I was like, 'You gotta be kidding me.'"

The pair immediately clicked during rehearsals. "The coolest thing was when I first met him and we just immediately started jamming, and we were trying to figure out the arrangement for the song and the amount of time we had," James said. "It was great. He's the nicest guy ever, an amazing dude, and I think it says a lot about him, what the music does for him ... it's just unbelievable. And after the stuff that I had been through with my motorcycle wreck [in 2004], we just kind of immediately hit it off. And for him to be coming back, and for me to be on the stage when that happened? I mean, what an honor. I'll never forget it for the rest of my life."