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Bret Michaels' return to S.A. figures to be nothin' but emotionally good time

Bret Michaels is returning to San Antonio, a city that holds the highest of highs and lowest of lows when it comes to memories for the Poison vocalist.

Poison singer Bret Michaels played this solo show Oct. 1, 2010, at SeaWorld San Antonio six months after undergoing an emergency appendectomy in the Alamo City.
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Bret Michaels performs during his most recent visit to San Antonio, fronting Poison on June 9, 2011, at the AT&T Center.
JAY NANDA / San Antonio Metal Music Examiner

According to a source, Michaels will be playing the renovated Aztec Theatre downtown Sunday, March 9, a concert that is scheduled to be officially announced this Sunday. Ticket information is to be determined. Michaels' Facebook page on Thursday said, "Keep a close eye here over the next week for exciting announcements!" before going on to announce a gig in New Hampshire on May 29. He's already scheduled to play Norman, Okla., on March 7.

Michaels played in San Antonio on June 9, 2011, when Poison, along with the New York Dolls, opened for Motley Crue at the AT&T Center on the second night of a tour that kicked off in Dallas. Motley Crue was celebrating its 30th anniversary, Poison its 25th and the New York Dolls their 40th. (SAMME's review here; coincidentally, Motley Crue reportedly will be announcing dates for its farewell tour Tuesday).

But it was Michaels' solo gig on Oct. 1, 2010, that he likely won't forget anytime soon.

A longtime diabetic, Michaels played SeaWorld San Antonio six months after he was originally supposed to. Moments before taking the stage in April 2010, Michaels was rushed to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital and underwent an emergency appendectomy. But that was just the beginning of his health issues. Over the next few weeks, the appendectomy led to a brain hemorrhage, then a stroke. His triumphant return to the stage at SeaWorld was marked by his frequent gratitude to the hospital staffers who helped save his life.

The upcoming gig should provide multiple opportunities for Michaels to celebrate. In addition to his new lease on life, Michaels -- who the younger generation knows more via his reality TV shows "Rock of Love" and to a lesser extent "Life As I Know It" compared to his time in Poison -- turns 51 that week. He also figures to plug his latest endeavor. Michaels, a past winner of Donald Trump's "Celebrity Apprentice" competition, recently released a cologne called "Roses & Thorns." The name, of course, is taken from Poison's 1988 smash ballad "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," which Michaels revealed to the SeaWorld crowd he penned in Texas. Michaels probably won't be shy about plugging his newest venture at the show given that prior to Poison's performance at the AT&T Center, he took to the stage to promote his rock cruise.

Some may simply know Michaels from his fashion statement of sorts -- the bandanna wrapped around his head. Asked in late 2010 about Michaels' notoriety for the look despite having worn one years prior, Suicidal Tendencies vocalist Mike Muir told the SAMME: "With Bret, I wouldn't even call that a bandanna. It's kind of glittery. Nah, I'm sure he's a nice guy, and I know he's got some health problems. It's cool."

Michaels' most recent musical release was last summer's Jammin' With Friends. When he played SeaWorld San Antonio, he was touring in support of his solo CD Custom Built -- which featured a duet with Miley Cyrus (pre-twerking). But Michaels did not forget his roots at that gig. Seven of the 10 tunes he played were Poison hits, including "Talk Dirty to Me," "Nothin' but a Good Time," and "Something to Believe In."

The Aztec Theatre (104 N. St. Mary's) is part of the downtown triumvirate of classic theaters, a stone's throw from The Majestic and the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. The Aztec, which has an estimated capacity of 1,700-1,800, held a celebration on New Year's Eve, though parts of the facility are still under construction. The venue, which opened in 1926 and is adorned with vintage Mayan structures, has been leaning toward the classic rock spectrum with the shows it has on its early 2014 docket thus far: Eddie Money (Feb. 16), George Thorogood and the Destroyers (March 4) and Drive-By Truckers (April 30). Blues guitarist Buddy Guy is scheduled for March 6.

Michaels is scheduled to be the theater's first performer from any genre of metal.

The source said the theater tried to get Motorhead to play this year but that an agreement could not be reached. Ironically, Motorhead today released a statement canceling its European tour due to singer/bassist Lemmy Kilmister's onset of health problems related to diabetes.

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