-Club Paradise-Blasdell, NY-
September 23rd, 2010
Concert Review By Bob
I suppose a few years ago it would have
been easy to dismiss Bret Michaels and say he was on the downside of
a once vibrant career. But in the last couple of years he has reenergized
his career with his hit VH1 show Rock of Love, his winning the television
show The Celebrity Apprentice and his near death health scare that appears
to have changed Mr. Michaels. Disclaimer here-I have seen Bret Michaels
on numerous occasions and have met him in person on a few of those occasions.
I was not impressed. With an all me attitude and a huge ego he was easy
to dislike in my book. But the Bret Michaels that played a packed to
fire code violation sized crowd at Club Paradise in Blasdell on September
23rd, 2010 seems to have changed. Gone was the rock star swagger and
instead was a much more grown up rock star. He was sincere in his appreciation
for the Western New York area, bought many cases of beer and water to
be passed out to the sweltering crowd out of his and the band's own
pocket, spoke about his fund raising efforts for diabetes of which he
has fought a lifetime battle, made sure to show special time to a handicapped
girl in the front row, talked about our troops without politicizing
it and even pacified a fight that broke out in front. I was impressed.
But what about the music? Although the set was a some what abbreviated
sixty minutes, Michaels and the band put on a killer show. I have to
admit it would be easy to knock the bandana, straw cowboy hat and ripped
shirts along with the endless plugs for his new VH1 show Life As I Know
It (which they were filming for during this show) or the Pamela Anderson
sex tape he made a few years back but the guy has written some decent
pop rock songs over the years and he has his performance down pat and
he puts on a show that is exactly what his fans expect from him.
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