At home with Bret Michaels; rocker talks music, his charityPosted: Updated:
SCOTTSDALE -- "C'mon in. C'mon in," welcomes Bret Michaels as he ushers 3TV's Scott Pasmore into his North Valley home on Thursday's Good Morning Arizona.
The Poison front man is taking a break from touring and taping his TV show to host a fund-raising concert here in the Valley. The Sept. 28 concert at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler will raise money for his charity, Life Rocks Foundation.
"It's a fun concert," Bret says. "It's a celebration of life; it's a party. A big Bret Michaels show, singing all the Poison hits and stuff and raising a lot of money."
The rocker has raised a great deal of money over the years. And he explains that he's very passionate about his charity, partly because of the good foundation he got from his parents, and partly from his lifelong struggle with diabetes. So raising money to help others has become a personal mission.
"It's about doing what you can when you can," Bret says. "No one's expecting anyone to give away everything they've got to another charity. It's just if you've got something, whether it's your time, whether it's your heart, soul, time, money. If you can do it, do it."
Bret gave Scott and 3TV viewers a personal tour through his luxurious Scottsdale home, which sits on a ten-acre estate. His office is decorated with his hit records and photos from his 26 year music career. And the walls of his home are lined with guitars, crosses and pictures of his kids.
The high-end kitchen is outfitted with the latest appliances and gadgets. But Bret claims he's no gourmet, and is more comfortable at the grill than at the stove. "If you need something barbecued, I can handle it," he laughs. "Fancy-schmancy cooking? You may want to order out!"
His backyard looks like a resort, with a large patio, a beautiful pool area and a great view.
Bret says it's good to be home in Arizona. "I love the Valley, I love the people, I love the weather," he says. "I'm a sports fanatic, and we have some great sports teams here in the Valley. But go easy on my Steelers! Please; I'm begging you! Go easy on my Pirates!" (Pittsburgh is Bret's hometown.)
The rocker's garage is stocked full of toys for the young kids and big kids alike! You'll find dirt bikes, go-carts and motorcycles parked among the cars.
Bret's concert will be held Saturday, September 28 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. For ticket information you can visit the casino's website.
The charity Life Rocks Foundation, helps a variety of causes from childhood cancer to diabetes to military support and pet charities. To learn more, visit liferocksfoundation.org.
Bret Michaels is the former lead singer of the glam metal band Poison. He fronted the band on their way to selling over 30 million albums with 10 Top 40 singles. He has gone on to become a star of such reality television shows as Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, Celebrity Apprentice 3, Rock My World and most recently Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It. He has continued to find success with solo albums including his latest, Custom Built, which reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock list.