Bret Michaels has always been a live-like-you're-dying kind of guy.
Maybe it's because of the diabetes he's been battling since he was a child. Maybe it's the rock-and-roll lifestyle he picked up as leader of '80s pop-metal kings Poison. Or maybe it was the near-fatal 1994 car crash that sidelined him for months.
In any case, Michaels, who will play The NYCB Theatre at Westbury Sunday night to make up for the May show he postponed after he suffered a brain hemorrhage in April, has been extremely busy since his string of life-threatening illnesses, including winning "The Celebrity Apprentice" and hosting the Miss Universe pageant, in addition to the current solo tour, which runs through December.
And Michaels, who will undergo surgery in January to fix a heart defect discovered after his hemorrhage, seems to have no intention of slowing down.
Here's some of what he has planned:
REALITY SHOWS. His seventh reality show, "Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It," launches Oct. 18 on VH1, offering a behind-the-scenes look at his life on the solo tour for his "Custom Built" album, as well as his home life with daughters, Raine and Jorja, and their mother, Kristi Gibson. Michaels will also appear on the VH1 Classic reality show "Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp," which premieres Oct. 16.
MUSIC. After working with country stars Chris Cagle and Mark Wills on a country-styled remake of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" for his solo album "Custom Built," which debuted at No. 14 in July, Michaels is working on a full country album, "Once a Cowboy, Always a Cowboy," that should be out by December or January.
BIOGRAPHY. Michaels has been working on his autobiography "Roses and Thorns" for Simon and Schuster for years. The initial book, which included everything from the formation of Poison to the sex tape that was released of him and Pamela Anderson, has been reworked to include the year's events.
SNAPPLE. Though Diet Snapple Trop-A-Rocka started out as a challenge on "The Celebrity Apprentice," the drink has proved so popular that its run has been extended. Snapple officials said that Michaels' concoction sold out of its first run, which was supposed to last only 90 days. "Snapple fans might have bought it the first time in support of Bret and the show, but the repeat purchases and constant feedback solidifies Bret's Diet Snapple Trop-A-Rocka Tea as a great tasting product," says Andrew Springate, senior vice president of marketing for Dr Pepper Snapple Group.
WHO Bret Michaels
WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. Sunday, The NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury
INFO $62.45; 516-334-0800, livenation.com
Talk Dirty to Me
Look What the Cat Dragged In
Go That Far
Sweet Home Alabama
Something to Believe In
Your Mama Don't Dance
What I Got
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
ENCORE: Nothin' but a Good Time