In a candid interview for the A&E Biography series, ‘Biography: Bret Michaels,’ Bret Michaels revealed some of his tactics for engaging with Poison fans during concerts.

Initially, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett recalled one of Michaels’ strategies:

“Bret always liked to set up about 20 beers on the riser. If people weren’t coming up front, we’d tease them, saying, ‘Come on up, get a drink.’”

Michaels elaborated on his approach, noting conversations he had directly from the stage with venue staff:

“I literally had these conversations while performing.”

Rockett chimed in to explain how the tactic worked:

“People would come up front for the drink offer, and once they were there, they stayed. It created a great atmosphere.”

Michaels added his perspective:

“Eventually, you have people saying, ‘This is great.’ Whether it was the buzz from the drinks or their genuine love for the music, I didn’t mind.”

Looking forward to his upcoming concerts, Michaels expressed enthusiasm. He recently announced a show with Vince Neil for September 19 at the Yaamava Theater in Southern California:

“We’re heading to Highland for my first show there, alongside my good friend Vince Neil. It’s all about delivering the best of Mötley Crüe and Poison hits—no filler, just killer. Get ready to rock!”

Additionally, Michaels shared plans for another exciting event in Ontario, Canada, on July 19, featuring Dee Snider of Twisted Sister and Steven Augeri, former lead singer of Journey.

However, Michaels disclosed earlier this year that he will be taking a break from performing in 2025 due to recent health challenges, though he assured fans he would update them on any developments.

Gene Simmons recently expressed regret over not taking a tougher stance on Ace Frehley and Peter Criss during their time in KISS, particularly regarding their substance abuse issues.

In an interview with Backstage Pass, Simmons reflected on his feelings, stating, “I’m sad in retrospect. You know, hindsight’s 20/20. I’m sad that I wasn’t more hard on Ace and Peter, the two original guys who played guitar and drums in the band.”

Despite his remorse, Simmons emphasized that Frehley and Criss ultimately bore responsibility for their departures from KISS. He pointed out that substance abuse problems were prevalent not only in KISS but in many bands, highlighting a broader issue in the music industry: “It’s not even unique. Go to almost every band and you’ll find people ingesting stuff more than the bum on the street corner, except they’re richer and they can afford to ingest more. It’s sad.”

Regarding KISS’s final tour, “End of the Road,” which concluded last year at Madison Square Garden, Frehley and Criss were notably absent. Simmons addressed their absence in an interview with USA Today before the farewell concert, expressing concerns about their past unprofessional behavior: “Ace and Peter had been in and out of band three times. We love and cherish them and they will always be part of the KISS family, but we’ve had many differences about unprofessional behavior.”

Simmons elaborated on why he believed Frehley and Criss didn’t fit with the band anymore: “And what do you do with Tommy and Eric who have been loyal and professional and never turned their back on the band? Now, I do know, KISS would not have happened without Ace and Peter. There’s no question of the chemistry. But I don’t think KISS would have survived with Ace and Peter. Not everyone has the DNA. It’s hard damn work to stick through it for 50 years.”

During their final shows, guitarist Tommy Thayer and drummer Eric Singer joined Simmons and Paul Stanley in the lineup. Thayer has been a member since replacing Frehley in 2002, while Singer became a permanent member a few years later.

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Tracii Guns found himself in a heated exchange with a music fan recently after being called out for his association with Guns N’ Roses.

It all started when the fan, in a dispute about Phish, took a swipe at Tracii Guns for allegedly playing in a band akin to a “wannabe Poison.” The fan’s comment insinuated that Guns N’ Roses hadn’t aged well and was a product of its time. This sparked further debate among users defending Guns’ legacy within the music industry.

In response to the criticism, Tracii Guns simply stated, “I quit GnR,” emphasizing his departure from Guns N’ Roses. He later reinforced his stance, asserting, “Guns N’ Roses ultimately sucks. Tim, 100,000,000 rock fans would like a word with you.”

This isn’t the first time Tracii Guns has found himself defending his musical contributions. Last year, he engaged in a similar altercation when defending Brazilian model Ana Braga from users profiting off her identity. When challenged as a “poser,” Guns countered by asserting his pivotal role in founding both Guns N’ Roses and LA Guns, pushing back against derogatory remarks and setting the record straight on his musical history.

Throughout these incidents, Tracii Guns has consistently reaffirmed his contributions to the music scene, responding assertively to detractors and defending his legacy against misconceptions and personal attacks.

David Gilmour has unveiled a new track from his forthcoming album, ‘Luck and Strange.’

Titled ‘Between Two Points,’ the song is a cover originally by the Montgolfier Brothers from their 1999 debut album, ‘Seventeen Stars.’ Featuring vocals and harp by David’s daughter, Romany, the guitarist shared a monochrome clip on Instagram, showcasing both of them, and added:

“OUT NOW ‘Between Two Points,’ with Romany Gilmour. Listen at the link in bio. Taken from the album ‘Luck and Strange,’ out Sept 6th. Video premieres this evening at 5 pm UK time.”

Gilmour Explains His Choice

Reflecting on why he chose to include this particular track on the album, Gilmour remarked:

“I’ve had that song on my playlist since it was released. Recently, I mentioned it to a few people, assuming it had been a hit, but no one knew it. I asked Romany to give it a go.”

During the lockdowns of 2020 and 2021, David and his family, known as the Von Trappeds, live-streamed performances to a global audience. Romany’s vocal and harp talents emerged during these sessions, leading to their collaboration on the song ‘Yes, I Have Ghosts,’ featured on both the CD and Blu-Ray versions of ‘Luck and Strange.’

Mark Tranmer of The Montgolfier Brothers expressed admiration for Gilmour and Romany’s rendition:

“David and Romany’s version of our song is a fantastic arrangement and production. Like all the best covers, it diverges from the original but retains its spirit. Romany’s interpretation of Roger Quigley’s lyrics and her harp playing are simply beautiful. David Gilmour’s distinct guitar work adds a whole new dimension. I’m still amazed that David and Polly chose to cover our song out of all the songs out there.”

Earlier, the album’s first single, ‘The Piper’s Call,’ was released on April 25. Gilmour will embark on a tour in support of the album, commencing in September 2024. The tour dates include performances at the Intuit Dome in Los Angeles on October 25, the Hollywood Bowl on October 29, 30, and 31, and Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 4, 5, 6, 9, and 10.

Sebastian Bach, former frontman of Skid Row, recently spoke with Classic Rock about his new album ‘Child Within The Man’ and reminisced about the time he almost joined Velvet Revolver.

Reflecting on the opportunity, Bach revealed that he had to decline the offer due to his close friendship with Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose. He explained:

“I used to stay up late into the night and early morning with Axl, discussing his grievances with his former band. Around that time, Wayne Kramer and Slash reached out to me. They had a benefit event in New York for John Varvatos, and Wayne asked me to sing with him and Slash at the event. Because of my friendship with Axl at the time, I had to tell them over the phone, ‘No, I can’t do it. I don’t want to upset Axl.’ Now, Wayne Kramer is no longer with us, and I really regret not taking that opportunity.”

Bach Criticizes Velvet Revolver’s Decision

In earlier discussions, Bach expressed his belief that Velvet Revolver made a mistake by not choosing him. He implied that instead of selecting him, the band opted for someone dealing with addiction issues, alluding that his inclusion could have ensured their longevity:

“They put their faith in a heroin addict. How did that work out for them? Listen, if they had picked me, we’d probably still be together right now. I’m a musician like them. I’m not into that lifestyle. So now they’re without a singer, and I have a new album ready. Let’s rock!”

Slash’s Perspective Differs

In a 2014 Q&A with Rolling Stone Australia, Slash offered a different perspective. He mentioned that Bach auditioned before Scott Weiland joined the band and humorously suggested that if Bach had joined, they might have sounded too predictable, like ‘Skid N’ Roses’:

“Sebastian was in the mix before Scott. I love Sebastian, but, you know, it would have been like Skid N’ Roses. It would have been cool, but everyone would have been like, ‘Oh yeah, that makes sense.’ It was a bit too expected.”

Velvet Revolver eventually continued as a trio after briefly considering Franky Perez as their new singer but never released new music and disbanded after Scott Weiland’s passing in 2015.

In a recent interview with Jonathan Clarke,

Geezer Butler shared that Ozzy Osbourne is eager to have a final Black Sabbath show. When asked about Osbourne’s comment regarding reuniting the original band, including Bill Ward, for a last concert, Butler revealed:

“Yeah. Ozzy desperately wants to do it because of his health conditions. He desperately wants to have a final Ozzy Osbourne [solo] concert. He said to me, ‘I’d love Sabbath to do a couple of songs, two or three songs, as the final show ever’ — Ozzy’s final show and Sabbath’s final show. And I said, ‘Yeah, I’m up for it, definitely.’ But I’m not sure what the others are up to. Me and Ozzy, we’re up for it. But whether Tony and Bill would do it, I don’t know.”

Butler’s Previous Remarks on the Topic

In a recent interview with Matt Pinfield on 95.5 KLOS’s New & Approved show, Butler revisited the idea of a Black Sabbath reunion. When asked if the original members had discussed a final show, Butler said:

“Yeah, we’d all love it to happen, obviously, but it’s beyond our sort of control.”

This echoed his earlier comments on SiriusXM’s Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, where he expressed his interest in reuniting with the original Sabbath lineup:

“Of course, there’s an interest [on my part to do it], but there’s a big ‘but’ — you’d have to speak to Bill about it. Everybody wants to do it [but I don’t know if he is] capable [of pulling it off].”

Ozzy’s Thoughts on a Reunion

Last month, on Ozzy and Billy Morrison’s internet TV show, The Madhouse Chronicles, Ozzy discussed the band’s final album, ’13.’ When asked if he was content with how Black Sabbath ended, Ozzy hinted at another possible attempt:

“No. Because it wasn’t Black Sabbath that finished it. It’s unfinished. If they wanted to do one more gig with Bill, I would jump at the chance. Do you know what would be cool? If we went to a club or something unannounced and we just got up and did it. We started up in a club.”

Tony Iommi also responded to Osbourne’s wish for a reunion with Bill Ward last month. Speaking on Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk, Iommi said the idea could be appealing but expressed concern about it being perceived as a money-making venture.

You can watch the entire conversation below.

In a recently resurfaced 2007 interview with Q magazine,

John Paul Jones delved into the dynamics within Led Zeppelin, revealing that the band members had no friendships outside of their professional relationship. He noted that this lack of socializing actually benefited the band:

“I mean, we weren’t like a group who grew up together and made it big. Led Zeppelin wasn’t exactly manufactured, but it was put together by Jimmy… Even with Zeppelin, the thing is we never socialized. As soon as we left the road, we never saw each other, which I always thought contributed to the longevity and harmony of the band. We weren’t friends.”

The ‘Rule’ Of The Studio Sessions

Jones first met Page while they were both session musicians, long before Led Zeppelin was formed. Reflecting on that time in the same interview, Jones mentioned that even then, they never tried to socialize:

“Even though I’d see him in the studio every day, we never socialized. The rule with studio sessions in those days was you didn’t book your mates.”

Why It Was Hard To Work With Jones

Despite their professional relationship, Robert Plant often found it challenging to work with Jones.

In a 1982 interview with Classic Rock, his first after Led Zeppelin disbanded, Plant stated that the band would never reunite without Bonham. When asked about potential future collaborations with Jones or Page, Plant mentioned that working with Jones had always been difficult due to their different approaches:

“It was always difficult to collaborate with Jonesy because he never listened to the lyrics. I used to talk about a song, and he would say, ‘Now, which song would that be?’ And I’d go, ‘You know, the one on ‘Presence.’ And he’d say, ‘I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with the titles, what key was it in?’ I’d sigh and say, ‘I haven’t a clue, Jonesy.’”

Kid Rock is making it clear that he believes voting for Trump will “fix the tax issue.”

The singer recently posted his dinner bill on Instagram, where he tipped $400 and left a note on the receipt. The note read:

“A vote for Trump is a vote for no tax on tips.”

In the post’s caption, he shared his thoughts on Trump and highlighted the challenges small businesses face:

“As a bar owner, and having spoken to a few other bar/restaurant owners, this is HUGE! Most small businesses have all had challenges in staffing. This will solve so many problems for so many hardworking Americans! Trump is a genius and for the working class! Biden is straight Hollywood! Happy Father’s Day.”

Kid Rock Doesn’t Think Politics Will Hurt His Career

Kid Rock is outspoken about his political views and doesn’t shy away from controversy. During an appearance on the Club Random Podcast last year, he discussed his political stance and expressed confidence that it wouldn’t negatively impact his music career:

“So people will tell me, ‘It’s politics, man. They’re going to f*ck up your business.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t give a sh*t, and I’ve saved my money.’ I’m like, ‘I can speak openly.’ You know?”

Noah Weiland is apparently banned from accessing his late father Scott Weiland’s social media account.

In an Instagram story celebrating Father’s Day, Noah expressed his frustration about being unable to tag his father’s account:

“Happy Father’s Day dad… I’d tag you but unfortunately I’m not even allowed to tag my own father on social media anymore!”

He followed up with a screenshot of his father’s account and added:

“Whoever runs this account can f*ck themselves, wanna unfollow me from my own father’s account?”

Noah’s frustration grew, leading him to post another story where he flipped off those managing the account. He emphasized that he never sought financial gain from his father:

“Literally all I do is make music, stay sober, hit the beach & mind my own business these days and people that I could care less about always wanna pop up or get in the way of things. I wouldn’t even say anything negative about anyone if people would just leave me the f*ck alone. But unfollowing me from my own dad’s Instagram account when I’m literally the only person actually trying to do something for him is some BS man. The only person who can truly say they never wanted a penny from him & just to feel closer that’s it, is ME… Jeez.”

Weiland’s Financial Troubles

Noah’s recent outburst came six months after revealing the extent of his father’s financial issues. Reports indicated that Scott Weiland was deeply in debt at the time of his death. The IRS had filed a tax lien against him for unpaid federal income taxes from 2012 to 2014, and his ex-wife, Jamie Weiland, confirmed he had substantial debt when he passed away.

Scott Under Attack by His Father’s Team

A few months after Noah’s initial comments, he disclosed being blackmailed over an old song featuring his father’s vocals. Noah shared a screenshot of the song he released on YouTube along with a threatening message he received. He wrote in the caption:

“Can’t believe I’m saying this right now but basically I’ve been getting blackmailed by a random number that somehow has a very old version of a song I have with my father. And because of that, I am basically forced to release a song I had no intentions of releasing until way further into my career cause this coward really thinks I’m about to send them $2k to not leak it.”

Noah and Lou Reed’s son Spencer Carr Reed worked on modernizing one of Scott Weiland’s unreleased songs. Noah accused his father’s team of not bothering to release any unheard music to honor his memory, so he took it upon himself.

Days after releasing the song, Noah claimed that his father’s team was attempting to take it down. He took to Instagram to explain the situation:

“30k on YouTube within the first 2 days. Out on all platforms now. And that’s all while being blackballed from the industry (my old band), my dad’s ‘team’ trying to report the song & get it taken down, no label & mgmt, dropped randomly with no promo/press & definitely no money backing me.”

Former Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora recently revealed that he had ‘nothing to do’ with the band’s latest documentary.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sambora shared his thoughts about ‘Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story.’ He stated:

“I had nothing to do with it really, except I work there but it wasn’t my perspective. It was one person’s perspective.”

Sambora then expressed how he would have preferred to celebrate the band’s 40th anniversary:

“To me, the celebration of 40 years would have been how the songs affected the whole world because we did a pretty good job after doing it. We worked very hard. And the songs really got to people and communicated all over the world.”

Sambora’s Perspective Differs

The former Bon Jovi guitarist made his first public appearance on May 11 since the docuseries aired. He headlined the 11th Annual Unbridled Eve Kentucky Derby Gala at The Galt House Hotel. After his performance, Sambora spoke to People magazine about the series, saying it focused more on Jon Bon Jovi’s story than his own.

Additionally, Sambora’s representative commented on the documentary, noting that Sambora was unhappy with how he was portrayed and how his departure from the band was depicted.

You can watch the brief interview below.