Rocker Bret Michaels just capped off an incredible decade. Not only did he hit the road with successful tours and strengthen his dedication to philanthropy, but he also survived one of his most difficult health years to date in 2010 when he faced an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage and heart surgery.
“I dealt with a lot of health issues during that year, and by the grace of God and a lot of hard work and therapy, I’m still on the good side of the dirt and having a good time,” he told PEOPLE at the Fourth Annual Matthew Gavin’s Marquis New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square on Tuesday.
Michaels, 56, who is a father to two daughters, came out the other side with a deeper sense of gratitude for his fans and his career, which has spanned multiple decades since he rose to fame as the frontman of Poison in the ‘80s. His experience as a Type 1 diabetic has also inspired him to raise funds and awareness for not only diabetic causes, but St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PetSmart charities and more.
“I’ve got to give my mom and dad credit because they were so instrumental in finding a diabetic youth camp for me when I was a kid. We couldn’t find one so they created one in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and that was the beginning of me learning how to be charitable. It’s not just about me wanting to give back, it absolutely makes me smile to be able to do it.”
The Poison rocker performed at Matthew Gavin’s New Year’s Eve bash at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square — but his set ran over, and he was still performing while the countdown to the end of the decade was happening outside.
While Michaels was still rocking out, Page Six went out to the roof deck overlooking Times Square, only to realize that the famed Times Square ball drop was already over.
Bizarrely, Michaels did his own countdown once he’d wrapped up his song, even though the rest of the city was already several minutes into 2020.
Reps for the event insist Michaels “100 percent did the countdown to midnight from the stage,” alongside hosts Alyse Zwick and Rashad Jennings.
Tiffany had performed several songs earlier, including her big hit “I Think We’re Alone Now,” venturing out into the audience to get people to dance. She came back on stage for the countdown.
Bret Michaels is getting ready to play sold-out stadiums this summer alongside Motley Crue.
But first, he’s coming to Pasco County.
The Poison frontman will close out the 2020 edition of the Chasco Fiesta on April 4 at Sims Park in New Port Richey. General admission tickets start at $20 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Click here for details.
Michaels isn’t the only big name on this year’s Chasco Fiesta concert lineup. Nineties country singer John Michael Montgomery (I Swear, Be My Baby Tonight) will headline on March 28, alongside opener Aubrey Wollett. Tickets are $10 and up. Click here.
Grammy-nominated Christian star Brandon Heath will headline the festival’s free family night on March 27 (click here). And other nights of the festival, running March 27-April 4, will feature various blues, rock, R&B and tribute bands.