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POISON’s BRET MICHAELS Credits His Willpower For Getting Him Through His Health Challenges

In a brand new interview with the Pittsburgh Current magazine, POISON singer Bret Michaels said that his realistic mindset and an optimistic attitude have been incredibly helpful in terms of him processing his feelings and the health challenges he’s had to face over the last decade.

“The main thing that you have to have, the thing that supersedes everything else, is willpower,” Michaels said. “I’m not going to lie to you, it’s almost like a placebo. I may have gotten the pill that did nothing, but my willpower made me believe I was going to get better and oddly enough I did.

“I go as long as I can for as much quality as I can,” he added. “And I want to be clear, it’s not easy. I don’t want people to think, ‘oh la-dee-da, I’ve got cancer, I’ve got diabetes, it’s no big deal.’ It’s a very big deal, but the secret is, you take that card you’ve been dealt and you deal with it but you don’t let it supersede the quality time you have left. Find what rocks your world and do it for as long as you can.”

In 2009, Michaels was injured while performing on the Tony Awards. The following year, he had a brain hemorrhage and also underwent an emergency appendectomy. In 2014, Michaels had kidney surgery. This past January, Bret underwent two separate surgeries — one to repair a torn rotator cuff and another to have a patch of skin cancer removed.

The 57-year-old rocker, who is a father to two daughters, is a lifelong Type 1 juvenile diabetic who continues to raise funds and awareness for not only diabetic causes, but St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PetSmart charities and more.

This summer, POISON is scheduled to embark on “The Stadium Tour” with MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS.

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VINNY APPICE Says RONNIE JAMES DIO ‘Never Warmed Up’ Before Going On Stage

Former DIO, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL drummer Vinny Appice has confirmed to Professor Of Rock that legendary singer Ronnie James Dio “never warmed up” before hitting the stage. Appice recalled (see video below): “[Ronnie would be] backstage. Right before the show, I’d go to his dressing room and we’d hang out. There’d be people there. He’s having a drink. And then they’d come in and go, ‘Okay, we’ve gotta go.’ And we’d walk on stage. And usually singers warm up. Every other singer I’ve played with tried to warm up some way or other, some with tapes. Even Ozzy [Osbourne] warmed up — he had the vocal tape going.”

Vinny‘s latest comments echoed those made by his former SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL bandmate Tony Iommi, who told The Midland Rocks in 2018 interview: “[Ronnie] had such an amazing voice — he could just do stuff that was so natural to him and he would never warm up. He had a different regime to everybody else, like Ozzy for example he always warms up before he goes on stage. But with Ronnie, he could be sitting here talking and having a drink and then he could go straight on stage — no warm-up — and sing like he was like a superhero.”

A year ago, DISTURBED frontman David Draiman told U.K.’s Planet Rock that Dio “humbled” him about his vocal abilities.

“One time I went to see him in Chicago at the House Of Blues and was fortunate enough to go backstage and say hello,” David recalled. “And he’s doing his usual — he’s got a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other. And I was just so taken with the opportunity to meet him — one of my greatest sources of inspiration and an idol of mine; one of the most majestic rock voices that ever existed. And I pulled him to the side for a minute. I’m, like, ‘Ronnie, could I ask you a question?’ ‘Sure. What would you like to ask?’ ‘What do you do for your warm-up? How do you get ready for the show?’ And he goes ahead and puts his hand on my shoulder and he looks me in the eyes and he says, ‘Brother, if you have to warm up, you don’t have it.’ [Laughs] And I was crushed. I literally felt like four inches tall at the time. And he said that he was messing with me. But literally, the man never warmed up — the wine and the cigarettes was the warm-up.”

Dio replaced Ozzy in BLACK SABBATH in 1980, recording the “Heaven And Hell” and “Mob Rules” albums, plus “Live Evil”, before leaving in 1982. He rejoined the group 10 years later for an album called “Dehumanizer”, and again teamed with the group under the HEAVEN & HELL banner in 2006. HEAVEN & HELL released an album called “The Devil You Know” in 2009.

Dio died of stomach cancer on May 16, 2010 at the age of 67.

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JEN MAJURA, GUS G. And MIKE PORTNOY Team Up For ‘Got My Mind Set On You’ Virtual Jam (Video)

EVANESCENCE‘s Jen Majura teamed up with former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Gus G. and ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy for a virtual and trans-continental jam on “Got My Mind Set On You”, a song originally written and composed by Rudy Clark and later covered by George Harrison.

Majura posted a video of the jam on her YouTube channel, writing in an accompanying message: “Give it up for this week’s jam squad: (drum roll) Mike Portnoy and (fanfare) Gus G! We gathered together digitally to jam George Harrison‘s classic ‘Got my mind set on you’ for you! Hope you like it. Please like the video, share it with your friends to make them smile and spread happiness.”

Gus also shared the clip via Twitter and wrote: “My friend @JenMajura does these awesome 1 min jam video covers and I’m happy to join her & the legend @MikePortnoy as we’re all jamming away on the classic George Harrison track ‘I got my mind set on you’. Special guest cameo: Leon & Valentino

During the global pandemic, a number of musicians have been entertaining fans in isolation with micro-concerts on their social media, including members of BUSH, SOUNDGARDEN, THE PRETTY RECKLESS, ANTHRAX, HALESTORM and TESTAMENT.

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