‘Love’ In The Fast Lane For Road-Tripping Bret Michaels


December 30, 2008

Cristina Kinon of the NY Daily News reports that for those trying to decide if that special someone is the one, Bret Michaels recommends taking them on a road trip.

“It’s one way to get to really know somebody really fast,” Michaels, the star of VH1’s “Rock of Love” dating reality franchise, told the Daily News.

And he should know. The latest installment of his show, “Rock of Love Bus,” takes place entirely on the road, with 20 female contestants vying to stay on board and in Michaels’ heart.

“Immediately, the entertainment value and the nuttiness was on level 10,” Michaels said of moving the action from a Hollywood house to the open highway. “I didn’t want my life, or the show, to become predictable, because what is great about dating and makes a dating reality show fun is the unpredictability of it all. This kept me on my toes.”

“Rock of Love Bus” premieres Sunday at 9.

“Rock of Love” Seasons 1 and 2 failed to produce lasting relationships for Michaels, who mostly blames his touring schedule for his inability to have a “normal” dating life.

“I suck at traditional dating,” he said. “I spend about a total of eight months on the road every year, so it just made sense to do it this way.”

Michaels warns that the close quarters cause some serious catfights and that he even had a moment where he completely lost his cool.

“It’s a couple episodes into the season. I did something that you just don’t do on TV,” he said. “I very seldom ever lose my cool, but I couldn’t take it anymore. I just lose it.”

Michaels, who’s best known as front man of ’80s hair band Poison, said he tries to be as completely open and honest about who he is on the show, not only to the women, but also to the viewers. When VH1 first approached him with the “Rock of Love” pitch, they envisioned it as an ’80s throwback, but, to Michaels, that wasn’t genuine.

“Nobody wants to see me in spandex right now,” he said. “I didn’t want to go backward. I feel like my glory days are these days, so I just said, ‘Let me be me how I am right here and now. I’ll bring my cars, my motorcycles, all my toys. I just don’t want to tape it at my house, because I don’t know these girls.’ “

As for the ladies, Michaels says he has always answered their tough questions and doesn’t shy away from the fact that at the end of the show, he’s not putting a ring on anyone’s finger.

Michaels is tight-lipped about whether or not he has found his Rock of Love this time around, but he is “pretty sure” this will be the show’s swan song.

“I can never say never, but I’m pretty sure that this kind of show is it for me,” he said. “I’d like to do a hybrid of it where you come into my real life a little more – like a mixture of ‘Rock of Love’ and Gene Simmons’ ‘Family Jewels.’ I think the ups and downs and sideways of my life would be really interesting for people to see.”

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com