Five reasons to scalp a ticket to the Bret Michaels performance this Friday

Bret Michaels heads to Riverside Casino and Resort this Friday. — photo courtesy of Rufus

Believe it or not, Bret Michaels of Poison and other fame is performing on Valentine’s Day at Riverside Casino, and it is already sold out. Here are five reasons why you should try your hardest to scalp a ticket to the show.

Come on…it’s the guy from Poison

Although Michaels has actually released four solo albums, one would hope he would stray from his unfamiliar material and focus his performance on Poison’s acclaimed catalogue. As their founding member and frontman since 1983, Poison was a mainstay in glam rock with their classic albums Look What The Cat Dragged In and Open Up And Say… Ahh!

He helps Iowans

In a 2012 episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Michaels took a trip to Fayette County, Iowa to help out the Gibbs family. Like Michaels, Audrey Gibbs had suffered a brain aneurysm, leaving the widow (and mother of six) legally blind.

Michaels, good guy that he is, helped out with construction process and took part in subsequent auctions and fundraisers on behalf of the Gibbs family.

You’d be seeing Bret Michaels on Valentine’s Day, of all days

Doesn’t get much more romantic than seeing the womanizer previously involved with Pamela Anderson and former star of Rock of Love and Rock of Love Bus on Valentine’s Day. Plus, he’ll have a song for every demographic — “Talk Dirty to Me” for the couples looking to spice things up, “Every Rose has its Thorn” for the recently broken-hearted, and “Talk Dirty to Me” for single ladies wanting to get to know Bret.

The guy is an entrepreneur

Those who watched Donald Trump’s 2010 season of Celebrity Apprentice will remember that Michaels somehow won. On the season finale, Michaels’ winning product was a Snapple flavor he created called Trop-A-Rocka. It’s a rockin’ fusion of mango, pear, papaya, and cinnamon flavors, made only in the diet form because Michaels is diabetic. There is no guarantee these will be available at his show, but there is a chance.

The man has his own musk

For everyone who thought, “Man, I wish I could smell like that guy,” well now you can. His recently released scent (Roses & Thorns) is available in stores now, so get yours while supplies last (maybe?). Even if the cologne isn’t available at the show, at least Michaels and probably some of his die-hard fans or groupies will be sporting the new cologne for all to smell.

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