Bret Michaels’ life is anything but boring.
The rocker still tours with his band Poison, he’s re-invented his career by plunging into the world of reality TV — and he has a new tell-all book set for 2010.
Oh yeah, he also made headlines recently for getting clocked at the Tony Awards by a piece of runaway scenery.
Michaels just rolls with the punches — and he’s laughing all the way to the bank.
“I am just naturally driven,” Michaels told the Colorado Daily. “My biggest blessing has been being able to play music in a very jaded business.
“I just built my career brick by brick. I kept all the publishing, and, in the end, it didn’t suck and it paid off. I wanted a long career, but it has been a roller coaster ride.”
Michaels is touring this summer with his hitmaking band Poison. The glam rockers debuted in the big-haired, MTV days of the ’80s and cranked out hits such as “Talk Dirty to Me” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”
Poison sold more than 25 million records and the band still draws fans to its arena shows. This summer, the group’s touring with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick. The show hits Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village on Monday.
“We’ve been trying to do this tour for awhile,” Michaels said. “We finally found a summer where we could all do it and it’s been great. Def Leppard’s a seriously good band, and it’s been awesome being on the road with them and Cheap Trick.”
Poison’s classic tunes also are gaining new life in the Tony-nominated musical “Rock of Ages.”
The show became a Broadway success, so the band was asked to perform its hit “Nothing But a Good Time” on the 2009 Tony Awards.
That’s when all hell broke loose,
Michaels had just finished his number when he was knocked out by a piece of descending scenery. The musician suffered a broken nose and it was the YouTube moment seen around the world.
Who: Poison, Def Leppard and Cheap Trick
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday
Where: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Greenwood Village
“During the Tonys, I got knocked out by a wall that was coming down,” Michaels said “It just hit my thick skull. The next thing I knew, these flying monkeys from ‘Wicked’ were picking me up me and Liza Minnelli was giving me advice!”
When he’s not dodging scenery, Michaels has a solid solo music career. His 2008 CD, Rock My World, featured tunes from his hit reality show “Rock of Love.”
The “Rock of Love” franchise has become must-see TV on VH1, and it’s the highest rated reality program in the music channel’s history.
“VH1 had approached me about doing a show,” Michaels said. “The show was going to be a little bit scripted and novelty-ish, so I said I’d love to be on. I wanted the show to be about the way I would date — I’m 40 years old, but mentally I feel like I’m 20.
“We were going to start with six episodes, but once they filmed the first night, they wanted more. We had this amazingly ridiculous time on the show and the girls were crazy enough to keep coming back.
“There was a lot of footage we couldn’t show on VH1.”
“Rock of Love” became a popular TV entity, so it morphed into “Rock of Love 2” and “Rock of Love Bus.”
The reality shows flashed a spotlight on Michaels, his music and his dating habits — and now VH1 wants more.
“‘Rock of Love’ became one of VH1’s most popular shows — even in the conservative states,” Michaels said. “There was this big cultural trickle-down and we had fans of all ages. The show worked because I had a 20-year career, I’m self-depreciating — and it was a ridiculously crazy dating show.
“Now they want me to come back for a fourth ‘Rock of Love.’ I feel that it should be something that changes up, but I still want that fun element. What you see is what you get with me.”
Michaels will tell all about “Rock of Love” in his upcoming biography “Roses & Thorns.”
Three publishing houses went into a bidding war over the bio, but Michaels settled on Simon & Schuster. The book will be published in 2010.
“This book is very candid and people will get the raw truth about my life,” Michaels said. “I also have some great pictures — like my prom picture with me in my parachute pants. That’s worth the price of the book.”