Bret Michaels aids in Nebraska town's tornado relief

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by Jayson Chesler

GMAZ segment by Scott Pasmore and Kaley O'Kelly

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 3:39 PM

PILGER, Neb. -- Bret Michaels, Scottsdale resident and former front-man of the band Poison, took a day off of his band's tour to help with the recovery effort in a Nebraska town devastated by tornadoes.

Michaels was headlining the Country on the River festival in Iowa and watching news of the destruction in Nebraska on TV. When the band finally got a day off from performing, Michaels said asked his band members and crew to use their off day to help in Pilger's recovery.

Michaels joined 3TV's Scott Pasmore and Kaley O'Kelly via telephone on "Good Morning Arizona." The singer-songwriter spoke about just how much damage the tornadoes did to one part of Nebraska.

"We were working in foundations of houses that had barely even a basement left to them," Michaels said. "It took your breath away when you see it in person. When you see it on TV it's one thing, but when you see it in person it's a pretty eye-opening experience."

The impact of the tornadoes especially resonated with Michaels, as he said he has two sisters who live in Nebraska. While helping in the most devastated parts of Pilger, Michaels said he got emotional.

"To see us as human beings and what they're going through and people who are very down to earth, hard-working, awesome people lose everything in a matter of moments, I couldn't keep it together," Michaels said. 

While Michaels and the other workers in the town's relief effort have made progress, there's still plenty of work to be done. The town is under curfew due to the emergency, so work can only be done during the day.

Michaels said that while those in the Valley should help however they can, getting people they know who live near Pilger to lend whatever time they can would absolutely be worth it.

"If anyone in our area has friends in the Nebraska area that can help and go up, even for an hour or a day, they could use it."

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