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... with Bret Michaels, Poison singer

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Indy: Poison has just released a covers record, Poison'd. Lots of artists do these sorts of albums. How did it come about for Poison?

BM: If it would have been up to me, I would have rather made an original album. I made that very vocal. But having said that, the other guys were excited to do a covers record. It actually turned out to be a blessing.

Indy: You had an onstage fight with bassist Bobby Dall last summer. What happened?

BM: This fight was actually over our set list that we were going to play in Nashville, and just changing music around. And one of the cool things about it is that we still care. We handled it poorly. We got on stage. He said a few things, I said a few things. And the next thing you know, we just had a knock-down, drag-out fight. And then he threw [his bass]. I always laugh, and say, "Bobby, you threw the heaviest and sharpest of basses at my knee." They stitched me up, put on the leg brace and off to the Memphis show the next day. We kind of laughed about it and went on and played. And that's what we do.

Indy: You're appearing this summer in the VH1 series Rock of Love, in which 20 women compete to date you. What was doing that show like?

BM: I will leave it at this, and make it very simple: It was the most bizarre thing I've ever done in the dating world. I had never done a dating show before, and probably after this, probably never again. But I will say this: It was bizarre, and I will make all rockers proud because it is off the hook.

At Englewood's Coors Amphitheatre, Aug. 19.

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