When Bret Michaels takes the stage with his band Poison, Def Leppard and Cheap Trick, fans may notice a few bumps and bruises on the star. They aren’t from a scuffle, well unless you count a run-in with scenery as a fight. Bret Michaels and Poison performed with the cast of Rock of Ages on their hit “Nothin’ But a Good Time” for the awards show, but after the performance, a piece of scenery came down and knocked down Michaels. He laughed off the incident, but did go in to get a CAT scan and X-Rays as a precaution because of a previous neck injury. The injury may affect his upcoming solo performances, but it hopefully won’t take him out of any of this summer’s show with Def Leppard and Cheap Trick. Fans can see those performances by getting Def Leppard ticket online when they perform with Poison and Cheap Trick.
Bret Michaels rose to fame with Poison in the 1980s with bassist Bobby Dall, drummer Rikki Rockett and C.C. Deville. The moved from the East Coast to L.A. and eventually landed a deal with Enigma Records and dropped Look What the Cat Dragged In in 1985. They drew comparisons to Def Leppard but added a glamour complete with lots of makeup and big hair. Their debut produced singles like “Talk Dirt to Me” and “I Want Action.” It was a success, but they would have an even bigger breakthrough with the release of Open Up and Say…Ahh! in 1988, which yielded the classic rock anthems “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance” and “Fallen Angel.” The beginning of the 1990s brought tough times for the band as they struggled with members’ drug problems. By the late 1990s, they were back on the top and have continued to be a favorite act ever since. Michaels has also released a solo album.
Def Leppard came before Poison and paved the way for most of the hard rock bands of the 1980s. They were also one of the first bands to majorly take advantage of the new music network, MTV. They released two albums, On Through the Night and High ‘n’ Dry, before their third album, 1983’s Pyromania, grabbed the attention of the nation. 1987’s Hysteria was an even bigger hit. The 1990s saw the release of more successful albums like Adrenalize, Slang and Euphoria. They gained rock and mainstream fans with the release of singles like “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Love Bites,” “Let’s Get Rocked” and “Two Steps Behind.” Their success has continued with their albums released since 2000s as well.
Cheap Trick has been at it longer than both Def Leppard and Poison. Cheap trick dropped their self-titled debut album in 1977. By the time they dropped their second album, In Color, they had already started building a reputation as an up-and-coming band. Their success has continued ever since and are regarded as music legends for their singles like “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,” “The Flame” and “Can’t Stop Fallin’ Into Love.”