"Every song on it is a collaboration with other musicians," Michaels tells Rolling Stone. "And it's such a diverse range of people, from Loretta Lynn and Joe Perry [who play on a reworking of the Poision hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"] and Jimmy Buffett to Lil Jon, Michael Anthony, Ace Frehley, all the Skynyrd guys, guys from .38 Special and Blackfoot and Rascal Flatts' Jay [DeMarcus]. These are friends and people I've played with, partied with, jammed with throughout the years."
Yowza. The record - titled Bret Michaels and Friends: Get Your Rock On and due out in September – also features a new rendition of Poison's "Nothin' But a Good Time" with former KISS guitarist Frehley, ex-Van Halen bassist Anthony and Lil Jon.
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"Ace Frehley is the real deal," says Michaels. "He laid down this amazing solo and then Michael Anthony came in, he did the backups, and I was like, 'Just play some Michael Anthony licks.' He did, and that's what made magic on the song."
As RS notes, while many of the artists on Michaels’ new album are pals, they started off as his heroes. Witness Michaels’ version of Skynyrd hit "Sweet Home Alabama."
"I did [it] with all the guys from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the guys from Blackfoot and .38 Special," Michaels tells the magazine. "That was amazing because probably my first foot in the door as a child was traditional country, then I got turned onto the Beatles and Stones. Then I immediately fell in love with Southern rock, which was kind of a perfect mixture of country and rock."
Michaels also hopes to get onetime Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde to come in and redo "Go That Far," the theme from reality TV show Rock of Love as well as Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen to guest on “Talk Dirty to Me."
"If I was to do another one of these records, it's overwhelming the amount of possibilities," Michaels tells RS. The list is endless."
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