Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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Brett Michaels wild year

Rick Coates - July 19th, 2010
Bret Michaels’ Wild Year: Poison frontman helms Kewadin’s 25th anniversary bash
By Rick Coates
If a cat has nine lives then how many lives does Bret Michaels have? This past year has proven he has at least three, and if you toss in the car accident back in the mid-’90s that nearly claimed his life, then Michaels is on life number four. But Michaels’ health issues are not over yet; after a year that has included an emergency appendectomy and a brain hemorrhage, he will have surgery next January as a result of a hole in his heart.
Michaels, the front man for the glam-rockers Poison from the hair band generation, is currently out touring in support of his new solo work Custom Built, released last week. He will make his way to Northern Michigan Thursday, performing at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie as part of the resort’s 25th Anniversary Summer Celebration. Motley Crue front man Vince Neil will open the show.

For Michaels his medical issues coupled by winning Celebrity Apprentice and appearing on American Idol have made him a media darling. He has recently appeared on Oprah, The View, David Letterman and a host of other regional talk shows and radio programs.
He has maintained a torrid appearance and touring pace, performing almost nightly for the past two months. His tour will continue through the middle of October. Toss in a new reality TV show, Life As I know It, that will air this fall on VH-1 and the fact that he is considered among the top contenders to replace Simon Cowell on American Idol, Michaels may be the busiest person in show business.
Bret Michaels took time to answer a few questions for the Northern Express.

Northern Express: Your pace is pretty amazing considering your recent medical mishaps and the fact that your doctors have given you the go-ahead is even more amazing. How are you feeling as you approach the halfway point of your tour?
Bret Michaels: I am a little better than 80 percent right now and feeling great. The doctors asked me to take another month before hitting the road. But they saw my determination and desire and told me to go for it and said I need to do this and not do that. They also said if I start to feel sick just to walk off the stage immediately.

NE: You started the tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special but now you are on a headlining tour…
Michaels: Those guys (Skynyrd/38 Special) have been friends of mine so it has been very therapeutic for me. Having them with me on the road as I eased back into this as I was only about 60 – 70% then really made a difference, they were so supportive. Plus, having my daughters has helped me. Now I am doing full-on sets of all the great Poison songs, as well as my new stuff from Custom Built and it is great rocking out for all the fans who also have been so supportive. I think if I was just sitting around all summer thinking ‘poor me’ that would not have been a good thing. So touring and playing music has really helped me keep my mind off it all.

NE: On American Idol Simon suggested you would make a good replacement for him. What do you think?
Michaels: I was humbled by the suggestion. I think Simon is looking at it from a perspective that I am someone who has been around the industry for a long time. I agree with him. I think I would be a good fit. Not because I would try to be like him. Well not exactly like him, there is always going to be only one Simon Cowell. But in one way I will be like him because at the end of the day, Simon was in search of finding the best talent and that’s what I would do; but, I would do it from a Bret Michaels approach. We will see if it works out.

NE: Winning Celebrity Apprentice just adds to this wild year you have been having.
Michaels: Yeah, I wanted to accomplish a couple of things. First of all, winning $250,000 for the American Diabetes Foundation was very important to me. I was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 6. It was also important for me to show people that there is more to Bret Michaels than some wild bandana wearing guy who sings rock and roll. I feel that I proved to a lot of people that if you set your mind to accomplish something you can, no matter who you are. Just to have all of this happen and then to have the appendectomy and brain hemorrhage, it has just been a wild ride.

NE: Take us through both emergencies, because it all happened just a few days apart.
Michaels: Yeah, but they were not related to each other. it was just a coincidence. First with my appendix I thought I had the flu and that I would just tough it out and do my show that night. Well, just before I was to take the stage in San Antonio, doctors came on my tour bus and said they didn’t think it was the flu and that I shouldn’t go on stage. Well, it turns out they were right because after I had my appendix removed that night; doctors told me it probably would have ruptured on stage and I could have died.

NE: Okay, so you are just recovering from this and -- bam -- on April 21 you suffer a brain hemorrhage, the same thing that Gary Coleman had.
Michaels: That was sad about Gary. I was lucky I am among the 25% who survive this sort of thing. It was around 11 p.m. and it felt like someone had come up from behind me and cracked me upside the head. Imagine intensifying your worst migraine by 10 times. I just knew something was wrong. I felt paralyzed and when I got to the hospital I knew things were not good when the room went from two people to more than 10 doctors and medical staff. The one doctor asked me if I was a crack cocaine addict and of course I am not, I am diabetic. He told me “well, you have blood at the base of your brain and you are in trouble. If you have kids you better get them here.” Well, I made it through from the support and prayer of my family, friends and fans.

NE: You built your career on music, both in Poison and as a solo artist, so this new album has to be exciting for you, especially since it has come out with strong sales and a hit single with Miley Cyrus ‘Nothing To Lose.’ How did you find time to record this?
Michaels: First of all I am very proud of this new CD. Custom Built is a reflection of where I am at not only as a musician but in life. I have a studio on my bus so that helped in the recording process.

NE: The CD has a lot of new material but you cover that Sublime song ‘What I Got’ and some songs have a country music flair to them. Are you going country?
Michaels: I love that Sublime song and enjoy singing it at my shows. That song has stood the test of time and it is one of my favorite rock songs of all time. Sometimes we rockers get labeled and I really like a lot of music including country so you are going to hear everything from rock to country on this.

NE: I think you surprised a lot of your fans and Jimmy Buffett fans when you got up on stage with him in Detroit last month and sang ‘Margaritaville.’ You need all the lyrics, not just the chorus.
Michaels: Who doesn’t like Jimmy Buffett? That was an awesome experience.

NE: So you have cheated death more than once. do you look at life differently each day?
Michaels: Yeah, I tell people this: that even my bad days are also my good days.

Bret Michaels will perform at Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie on Thursday July 22. Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil will open the show. Both artists will perform the hits from their respective bands and both are touring in support of new CD. For additional information or to purchase tickets go to www.kewadin.com/entertainment or call them at 800-539-2346.

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