Never underestimate the healing power of hair metal!
Less than a month after suffering a brain hemorrhage, hirsute rocker and reality-TV staple Bret Michaels is walking, talking and, most miraculously, booking a concert tour that includes a Sept. 25 stop at Tropicana Field.
The Poison frontman, who will play a solo set after the 7:10 p.m. Rays-Mariners game, was one of two acts announced Monday that complete an impressive 10-show schedule for the Rays Summer Concert Series. Canadian smug-poppers the Barenaked Ladies will perform June 26 after the Rays take on the Arizona Diamondbacks in an interleague game.
In order to accommodate Michaels — whom many believed to be closer to death than to snarling bawdy hit Talk Dirty to Me — the Rays rescheduled a postgame show by Dierks Bentley. Previously set for Sept. 25, the country star will now perform June 12 after the home team battles the Florida Marlins. Tickets purchased through the Rays and Ticketmaster for the Sept. 25 game may be exchanged for the June 12 game through the Tropicana Field Box Office.
On April 21, Michaels, 47, was on his couch when he felt excruciating pain in his head, a result of bleeding at the base of the brain. (A week earlier, the Type 1 diabetic had undergone an emergency appendectomy and was trying to recover.) The father of two is now in physical therapy and could return to performing soon.
Pennant race aside, that fourth week in September is going to be a wild one at the Trop. On Sept. 18, controversy magnet Adam Lambert will glam it up after the Rays-Angels tilt. A week later, Michaels and perhaps his bleached arsenal of Rock of Love ladies — made famous on his addictively sleazy VH1 show — will rock into town.
On Saturday, after the 4:10 p.m. Rays-Mariners, hip-hopper Nelly will unload his Country Grammar on the masses. As always, concerts are free with game ticket. Field access wristbands can be purchased for $25 (or $30 five hours prior to game time) at the Tropicana Field Box Office. For more information, go to raysbaseball.com or call toll-free 1-888-326-7297.