Bret Michaels Continues Comeback with Performance for Tampa Bay Rays

Bret Michaels is so pumped up about singing at the Tampa Bay Rays game Saturday night that he'd like to sing the National Anthem and throw out the first pitch. "I not sure that my plane will land in time," says Michaels, who will perform at Tropicana Field following the Rays-Mariners game, closing out the Rays Summer Concert series.The former Poison front man says he will rock out with a couple of covers of party songs, some selections off his recent solo album "Custom Built" and several of his Poison hits such as "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Talk Dirty to Me.""I want to make it a party," he said in a telephone interview Tuesday. The 47-year-old who grew up in Pittsburgh says he is a lifelong sports fan who was tailgating as Steelers games by age 6.He's also excited about his new VH1 reality series "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It" that debuts on Oct. 18."It's basically an unedited look at my life as I juggle touring and being a father and facing all the things that come up in my life," he says. "It's literally a comedy of errors as I am trying to balance the love for my family with my passion for music."Michael's girlfriend Kristi Gibson appears in the show along with the couple's two daughters, 10-year-old Raine and 5-year-old Jorja.Michaels is coming off an amazing year in which he had an emergency appendectomy, suffered a brain hemorrhage and a minor stroke and went on to win Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice."Only a few months ago, Michaels was undergoing physical therapy to learn to walk. "I feel pretty good right now," he says. "They found a source of one of my problems. I have a small hole in my heart. I am going to have a heart operation the third week in January that will relieve the mini- strokes."He says that winning "Celebrity Apprentice" surprised a lot of people. "My own father didn't expect me to win," he says.He won $250,000 for his charity, the American Diabetes Association and "Apprentice" sponsor Snapple matched it with another $250,000. A Type 1 diabetic, Michaels also developed a new drink, Bret Michaels' Diet Snapple Trop-a-Rocka Tea, for the reality competition."I wanted to show that my drive and determination could win it," he says. "I fell back on my blue collar background."He adds that the series of health problems made him realize how fragile life is. "I'm enjoying everything I do now," he says. "I feel like I've been given a second chance. Only 15 to 20 percent make this kind of recovery so I feel very blessed."He says he's writing a book, "Roses and Thorns," that should be out by March. It recalls his life and career including the 1980s run with Poison, the super band known for big hair, glam style and partying hard in the fast lane.

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