New Year’s Eve with Bret Michaels from Poison – Hollywood Casino in St. Louis, MO

New Year’s Eve with Bret Michaels from Poison
Hollywood Casino – St. Louis, MO


Photos and Article by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen


I have mixed feelings on Bret Michaels, Bret Michaels Band, and the past two performances that I have recently seen. Someone pointed out to me that Bret Michaels only played a 65-minute set at the November 22nd show at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA. I ‘defended’ Bret publicly, stating that must have had something to do with the venue. I had only been there a couple times, and it seemed their shows were run by the clock. Three bands a night, on the hour, with an early curfew. However, I made a point to check the time Bret Michaels took the stage on New Year’s Eve at the Hollywood Casino in St. Louis. (11:21pm)



The band entered first, followed by the enthusiastic and energetic Bret Michaels. The first song was ‘Talk Dirty to Me,” which is standard, and makes a lot of sense to get the crowd pumped and ready fast! The second song of the night was a surprise, and one of the best songs of the night, “Ride the Wind.” It was awesome, and I loved every second of it.



The setup at the club was really cool, with a stairwell in the middle that went straight to the floor, where I was positioned front and center with many other (mostly female) fans. Bret was there high fiving and shaking hands with all of us during the entire show. Making eye contact and smiling the whole time. I shook hands with Bret three times with my right hand before I mixed it up and handed him a left at one point. I even was the first one to toast him just after the New Year.


I have to admit that Bret Michaels seriously is one of the sexiest males on the face of the planet. Being so close to him all night long definitely confirmed this for me, and every female within sight. He is so charismatic, and has every move down. What he does, what he says… I do believe it is genuine. On a side note, I am sick of people talking about his hair. His hat. His bandana. Whether it’s a wig or not… Honestly, what does it matter, who cares, and how does that have anything to do with his singing, solo career, or band? We all get older every day, and we all do our best to correct, mask, or enhance ourselves as it happens.


What I have mixed feelings about isn’t Bret Michael’s ability to perform, write songs, record music, or his hair. I have mixed feelings about him only playing 65 minutes, again. I clocked the set out EXACTLY 65 minutes after it started. I saw him give his all for every second of those 65 minutes, but, in comparison to the hundreds of other shows I have seen in my life, it just doesn’t add up.


With my prior voiced concerns about him not playing any solo songs at his ‘solo’ shows, and now this, I have a hard time ‘defending’ Bret Michaels adequately. I really wanted to prove the above-mentioned person wrong after seeing Bret Michaels perform NYE and I can’t. I will always love Bret Michaels and Poison. I will continue to see his solo band perform live and of course I will continue to see Poison. But, I would be a lot happier if once in a while we got a longer set and some more solo songs at a solo gig!  For anyone who is wondering… No, Bret did not play “Bittersweet” just for me.