The New York State Fair never fails to bring at least a couple great rock acts to Syracuse, NY to help end our summer with a bang. Bret Michaels was one of the featured artists to perform a free show in the Chevy Court this year; as expected, Bret and his stellar band consisting of Eric Brittingham, Pete Evick and Mike Bailey brought the house down- my only wish was that they would have played longer.
The Bret Michaels Band kicked off the night with electric performances of Poison classics “Talk Dirty To Me” and “Look What The Cat Dragged In” before transitioning into a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” where he brings out the BMB crew to help perform the song. To feature Eric Brittingham’s bass expertise, they go right into “Your Mama Don’t Dance”- covered by Poison on 1988’s Open Up and Say…Ahh! as well as the bass heavy track “Unskinny Bop”.
If you’re familiar with Bret Michaels, you’ll know that he cares a lot about our troops. Every night he performs “Something to Believe In” in their honor, and asks the crowd to light up their phone flashlights so they can record the performance and send it overseas.
Drummer Mike Bailey performs an excellent drum solo a little after halfway through the set- complete with a great light show, lots of tempo variation and crowd participation. Following the 4-5 minute solo, acoustics are brought out for a performance of “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” followed by an upbeat, fun cover of Kiss classic “Rock and Roll All Nite”. The band leaves the stage, only to come out minutes later to perform a one song encore consisting of “Nothin’ But A Good Time”. The Bret Michaels Band definitely left the crowd wanting more- and although I’ve seen the BMB a handful of times already and there’s been zero variation in the setlist, I’ll definitely be heading out to every show that comes around because it is truly a 9 song long party.