Poison frontman Bret Michaels will be inducted into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall Of Fame (CPMHOF). Blabbermouth quoted Brandon Valentine, the president and founder of the Hall Of Fame, as saying, "As a non-profit organization focused on music education for the local youth, the CPMHOF is honored to recognize Bret Michaels in a positive light. Bret has always held a special place in the hearts of Central Pennsylvanians, and this fall, he'll officially be immortalized in our local Hall Of Fame."
The announcement coincided with Bret Michaels — who was born in Butler and raised in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania — performing last night (July 12th) with Poison as part of "The Stadium Tour" in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Michaels said in a statement: "Being born and bred in Pennsylvania, I am proud to be inducted as an individual into the Central Pennsylvania Music Hall Of Fame, with Poison also having also been inducted on the first-ever ballot."
Poison drummer Rikki Rockett grew up with Bret Michaels in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and told us that Poison is made of a special stock that keeps them forever wanting to work and push their own creative boundaries: ["We come from the very hardworking part of the East Coast and I think that our will to work hard at stuff, also plays into our will to live, because we're the kind of guys that we're not done yet. We got more stuff to do — more tours to do, more records to do."] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . records to do)
Poison next performs with Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts on Thursday (July 14th) at Cleveland, Ohio's FirstEnergy Stadium.
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