Bret Michaels Last Night at the Scottsdale Waterfront

Bret Michaels
The Scottsdale Waterfront
May 13, 2011

There's an old adage out there that goes something like "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." In this particular instance, it is being applied towards former Poison lead singer Bret Michaels and his setlist. The last time Michaels was in town -- at the Arizona State Fair this past October -- Michaels trotted out almost the exact same setlist as he used last night, and you know what? Everyone in attendance could have probably cared less. Why is that, exactly? Because the setlist is amazingly tight -- an homage to a man who is coming up on his 25th year of entertaining people the world over with his main passion in life -- his music.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Critic's Notebook:

Last Night: Bret Michaels at the Scottsdale Waterfront.

The Crowd: A mix of old (those who could have walked the Sunset Strip in the mid-80s) and young (those who watched and adored Michaels on Rock of Love). There were quite a few younger female fans in attendance, yet another testament to Michaels' widespread appeal.

Overheard in the Crowd: "Man, I need to get Look What the Cat Dragged In on vinyl."

Personal Bias: Poison was always my favorite glam metal band. As well, I have seen every episode of Rock of Love and I eagerly await Michaels' latest venture with VH1, a new show he announced to the crowd during his set last night.

Random Notebook Dump: "Right back in town with the Crüe," referencing the fact that Poison will play the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion with Motley Crüe on June 17.

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Michael Lopez