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Bret Michaels Shines In Unbroken Tour

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Bret Michaels At Mystic Lake Casino

Bret Michaels brought the Unbroken Tour and party-style concert to Mystic Lake last night! His party attitude is infectious (if not over the top). He made it clear that the night belonged to the party, rock and roll and absolutely none of that political bullshit that seems to plaque many concerts nowadays.

If you’ve ever seen Bret in concert, then you’d know he’s a complete entertainer: part cheerleader, part hype-man, and a positive speaker who stays completely engaged with the audience.

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Bret Michaels Doing What He Does Best: Playing To The Crowd

The night belonged to the hits, whether it’s a cover of Loggins and Messina’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance” or some of the top songs from Bret’s band Poison, which accounted for the majority of the short 10 songs he played tonight.

The night did have a couple of serious points, starting with his new single “Unbroken.” The song featured his daughter Jorja Michaels talking about all the problems both of them have been through. The last serious moment came on Poison’s “Something To Believe In,” as Bret brought local Military men and women up on stage to thank them for their service and commitment to protecting our country.

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Bret Michaels Band Getting Down With The Front Row Audience

The best part of the night was his remake of the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd tune “Sweet Home Alabama“. It took hearing it live 3 or 4 times for me to like this version, as Bret combines the classic version with a hype-style chorus.

For the rest of the show, Bret led the crowd in all the favorite Poison songs that included “Talk Dirty To Me” and the seldom heard “Ride The Wind.”

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Bret Michaels In Hype Mode: Here We Go Now, Here We Go Now

Bret then introduced the band. Every member had a short solo, including the drummer, whose solo which felt forced and unnecessary. Then everyone broke out their phones and lighters (I didn’t think anyone still used lighters ) on “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn.”

The last two songs of the night pretty much sum up a Bret Michaels concert. The BMB finished with Poison’s “Nothin’ But A Good Time” and a cover of Kiss’s “Rock And Roll All Nite,” with which Poison had their own hit.

Bret made sure most of the night was ‘nothing but a good time,’ but rock and roll all night? Only if you’re done by 9:30.

SETLIST

  1. Intro: Thunderstruck/Welcome To The Jungle
  2. Talk Dirty To Me (Poison)
  3. Ride The Wind (Poison)
  4. Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover)
  5. Unbroken (Bret Michaels/Jorja Michaels)
  6. Your Mama Don’t Dance (Loggins And Messina Cover)
  7. Something To Believe In (With Military Salute) (Poison)
  8. Unskinny Bop (Poison)
  9. Solos (Drum, Guitar, Bass)
  10. Every Rose Has Its Thorn (Poison)
  11. Nothin’ But A Good Time (Poison)

12.  ENCORE: Rock And Roll All Nite (Kiss Cover)

 

 

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