Bret Michaels – Alrosa Villa, Columbus Ohio 3/14/08

Heather and My WifeWent to this one on a last minute impulse, as a favor for my wife the week of her birthday.  The things we do for love, eh?  It was a soldout show but we still managed to get tickets thankfully – even though it was Michael’s birthday & despite the massive popularity of his show Rock of Love on Vh-1.

The crowd was more or less what I expected; a ton of old 80’s hair metal shirts had been taken out of their mothball storage for the occasion and more than one cougar prowled the floor wearing the same Aquanet’d hairdo that had served her so well 2 decades ago.  In fact, the male to female ratio was staggering – easily 75% women.  Not a guy there complained.  The whole scene was very much giving me flashbacks to my younger metal daze. . .er, days.

The opening acts were all locals.  I only really had a chance to hear the group right before Bret came out – Dirty Side Down I believe they were called.  All covers, played decently enough considering the ambitious nature of their setlist (Queensryche & Priest are a tough call for ANYONE).

While they played, we noticed that last season’s Rock of Love finalist Heather was in the crowd – not all that strange considering this is her hometown.  A line quickly formed to fawn over the poor girl and she patiently took pictures with whomever asked.  Yes, as you can tell – we asked.  It was almost a disaster as I accidently deleted the first picture instead of saving it.  So we had to wait in line twice – which went over huge with my spouse, as you can imagine.  All’s well that ends well – we got the pic.  Heather was very nice and seemed to me to be much better looking in person.  Again, no complaints here.

Just before Michael’s band came out, ‘Big John’ (Bret’s friend & assistant who is also seen regularly on the Rock of Love) took the stage and mentioned it was Bret’s birthday yadda yadda.   The ladies went nuts, of course – my wife included as she was now in full-on party mode.   It wasn’t long before 2 bras graced the stage – thankfully none from my household.  Later, Big John distributed cans of Bud Light into the crowd from the stage, per Michael’s request.  I had my own, so I fought the urge to rush the stage.

When the band finally came out, it was ON like Donkey Kong.   If you watch his show, you know that age hasn’t slowed Bret Michael’s much (despite his lifelong battle with diabetes) and happily I can say this night was no exception.   He was energetic, appreciative of the audience and downright fun to watch.  I like it when a band seems to enjoy what they do – even if just for show – and that’s exactly what we were treated to.

The set was a good mix of older stuff and the hits that everyone came to hear; only one new song was introduced during the evening – and I for one appreciated that there was no attempt to sell the ‘new stuff’ at the expense of an audience who clearly came for the classics.   Here is what I recall of the list (although Bret maintained they really had no setlist).  The order is probably wrong as I’m doing this all from memory;

  • Talk Dirty to Me (awesome choice for an opener)
  • Look What the Cat Dragged In
  • Sweet Home Alabama (Skynyrd Cover)
  • I Won’t Forget You
  • Beer Jam (that’s what he called it)
  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Dylan Cover)
  • Every Rose Has It’s Thorn
  • Your Mama Don’t Dance
  • Gimme Something to Believe In (dedicated to the troops)
  • Rock & Roll All Nite (KISS cover)
  • Driven (new song)
  • Unskinny Bop
  • Nothin’ But A Good Time

The only surprise was no ‘Fallen Angel’.  Otherwise, he pretty much delivered what was wanted.   And for a guy who’s been doing this for a few years, I’d say he can most definitely still rock.  We left after his encore, ‘Nothin’ But a Good Time’ but heard him announce he was coming out to meet the crowd.

Nice touch.  It’s good to see the fans get what they want – and that night, they all wanted Bret Michaels.

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4 Responses to “Bret Michaels – Alrosa Villa, Columbus Ohio 3/14/08”

  1. Jane says:

    I am heading to Charlotte in April to see Bret. Nice to hear that he delivers a good show!


  2. Mary says:

    I’ve been seeing Bret solo for many years now
    and I laugh that you say it’s mostly 75% women at his concert. Which I remember my sis and I being the ONLY ones. lol! Rock on…I hope he sticks with his own songs this year other than Poison. We’ll be seeing him again in 2 months.

  3. RevMortis says:

    You raise a good point, Mary. “Back in the day”, especially the VERY early days when the Poison boys looked more like Poison girls – there weren’t many ladies willing to venture to a show. Now frankly, he should be sponsored by Tampax. Or Trojan.

    Glad to see you’re still rockin’! He DOES know how to put on a show, I’ll give him that. ENJOY!

  4. jonas says:

    cool cat

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