Bret Michaels made one confession about his career with Poison that left fans stunned

Jun 14, 2024

Bret Michaels was one of the biggest rock stars in the 1980s as the frontman for Poison.

But his career almost took a different path.

And Bret Michaels made one confession about his career with Poison that left fans stunned.

Bret Michaels likes the open road 

Bret Michaels burst onto the scene as the lead singer for the iconic hair metal band Poison.

The band had the number-one hit “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and six singles that made the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Michaels later found success as a reality TV star on VH1’s Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and won season three of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.

He told Fox News Digital that he could have been a long-haul trucker because he loves to travel.

“I love traveling,” Michaels said. “I’ve said, ‘In my other life, if I had not continued to succeed in music, I would have still been in a cover band. I’m not making that up. Like I always play music. It’s therapeutic to me, but also, I could be either a DJ or a long-haul trucker.”

“I love driving,” Michaels added. “I like the open road.”

The Poison singer said that he never had a bad day when he was on the road touring.

Michaels had to find a balance between touring and his family

Michaels has two daughters with his girlfriend Kristi Gibson.

He said that the demands of touring were a challenge at times for his family life.

“What was tough is I became a father,” Michaels explained, “Which is sometimes when your kids are having a special event, right? And you’re not going to be able to be back, because you’re in South America or something. Those are the tough, bittersweet moments, you know, as a dad.”

But he realized that was his life when became a rock star. 

“But being on the road, I know everyone wants it,” Michaels said. “I’m grateful. Like it’s in the words of the movie The Godfather, ‘This is the life we’ve chosen.’”

The 61-year-old will watch his life story come to TV when A&E debuts Biography: Bret Michaels on Father’s Day.

His daughters jumped at the chance to appear in the production with him.

“I like to think that I’m a really good father, and we have fun,” Michaels said. “And I say, ‘Girls, if you want to do this, [the producers] would love it. They went in, and [the producers] said they did really good stuff.”

Michaels said that A&E did a “deep dive” of his life for the show.

He said that he realized Poison hit the big time when they opened for Kiss and Boston for a show at the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Texas.

“When you say you get chill bumps on your arm, it was an insanely awesome day in my life,” Michaels recalled.

But he was brought back down to earth after the show when Poison showed up at a diner and wasn’t recognized by any patrons.

“There wasn’t a person in there that knew who we were or cared,” Michaels said. “It was the best leveling lesson of my life to say, ‘Make it about the music, make it about your friends, and don’t chase it.’ That’s it. It was the best bittersweet day in my life.”

Bret Michaels is one of the most iconic frontmen from the hair metal era of the 1980s.

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