March 8, 2014
Billy Bob's Texas
Fort Worth, TX USA
Review by Tammie Emmerson
Photos by Tammie Emerson
Cow-town Comes Alive As Bret Michaels Rocks The House
It was a cold night in the stockyards, but inside Billy Bob's Texas things where smoking hot as Bret Michaels returns to cow-town as the opening show for his 50th Birthday Celebration Week. Just like he has been doing for the past 27 years, Brett rocked the house with an extremely high energy performance.
Without an opening band to warm up the crowd was not a problem for the diverse mass of fans who were dancing and screaming with just a few guitar cords from Poison's signature hit song from their first album, Talk Dirty to Me. His rendition of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" brought hats and boots to the party. The party continued when he broke out the harmonica for another classic "Your Momma Don't Dance," by the rock duo Loggins and Messina.
Michaels knows how to work the crowd as he touched hands, gave fist bumps and slapped high fives throughout the show. He even took the sing-along to another level. Not only did the front row get involved in the show, but Bret reached out as far as possible, handed the mic back to a wannabe rock star who belt out a few lyrics. His set list composed of almost all singles from Poison's first four albums. Highlights were "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," a chart topping Poison number and other all-time faves, such as "Something to Believe In," "Ride the Wind," and "Unskinny Bop" were among the crowd pleasers.
One of the evening highs, surprisingly, came when Bret Michaels paid tribute to one of his self-proclaimed favorite rock bands, Journey and performed "Don't Stop Believing." He followed that with his own twist of Sublime's "Love is What I Got" off his solo album, Custom Built. His appreciation for his fans was clear when he proclaiming "This is the show I needed Fort Worth Texas!"
His 90 minute concert, full of energy, guitar solos and hair thrashing came to a close but Bret let the crowd know he is getting the original members of Poison back together for a US tour. Michaels will return back to the DFW area this fall with Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall, and C.C. DeVille. The show ended but the crowd demanded an encore and he obliged returning to the stage with his rock party anthem "Nothing But A Good Time."
A great night of great rock and roll ended with a tip of Bret Michaels hat as he implied a Texas style "Thanks y'all!"