Poison’s Bret Michaels talks about the biggest regret of his life:
“One regret is that I couldn’t be there for some of the events my children had at school. I’ve been to everything I could physically get to, but if it’s when you have to play a show and it’s also the night my kids are doing a recital, those are the things that I regret.”
“I’ve never missed a birthday or a Christmas, but some of the other things you do miss.”
Bret Michaels fistfight with C.C DeVille:
“Another regret is a huge fistfight I had with C.C. [DeVille], my guitar player, and he’s one of my best friends.”
“It was a lot of time on the road, a lot of heated discussions about what songs we wanted in the set and little things that fester and turned into a knockdown, drag-out, nose breaking, teeth-missing fistfight.”
“We are like brothers, and I regret the physical end of it. It didn’t need to go there, and it’s one of my biggest regrets, especially because it happened twice in the same week, once in New Orleans and once backstage at the MTV Awards.”
Would you say that some of the things you previously took for granted or overlooked, you are now noticing or rediscovering?
“Completely. I have a ranch in Arizona, and I went through everything that I have hoarded. I de-hoarded it. [Laughs] Then I went and started painting stuff. I’m a motor-sports, outdoor kind of guy, so I ripped apart engines, like Go Kart engines.
“I also began noticing some furniture in need of a little love and TLC. I watch all these shows where they do it, and I finally decided to jump in and start restoring some furniture.
“And music, of course. I love listening to Bob Marley through these times. I listen to ‘Three Little Birds’ and it just puts me right.”
You have an ageless look about you. How do you feel about aging? Are you okay with the aging process?
“I’m either an aging rocker or a dead rocker. [Laugs]. We are aging from the moment we’re born. Aging gracefully, I’ll take that any day of the week because it’s better than the alternative.
“I’ve been aging since we put out [the 1986 Poison debut] ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In.’ By the time we did [our second album, 1988’s] ‘Open Up and Say… Ahh!’ I’d already aged from the first record.
“As you go along things happen to you, medically. You will not find me being one of those guys saying, ‘This sucks.’ I’m just glad I got the chance to age – because a lot of my buddies didn’t.”
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