In what was nothing short of spectacular, Bret Michaels brought his Get Your Rock On tour to Mt. Clemens this past Saturday night and nearly destroyed the Emerald Theatre in the process! There was certainly that big time feeling as soon as you exited the your car, with tour busses line-up behind the Emerald that we haven’t seen since the like of Kid Rock kicked off his 2007 Rock N Roll Jesus tour on this very stage. The most amazing thing to see was that by 8pm, the Emerald was not only packed to capacity, but the buzz seemed to spill onto Walnut Street where the line to get in was growing by the minute, now this is how you Occupy a Venue! Local cover band Monkey Grinder set the party in motion, while one of Detroit’s Hottest acts around Artificial Agent brought their Arena Rock to the delight of the ever growing crowd. If you haven’t had the chance to catch this upstart band, by all means do it soon! These guys have been plugged to open a number of high profile shows across town from Ace Frehley to Steel Panther, from Alice Cooper at DTE, to Bret Michaels at the Emerald, these guys have been popping up everywhere, and rightfully so. Bringing that 90’s flair back to the forefront, Artificial Agent grabs the crowd from the opening chord and never loosens their grip till the lights go down. If the first too bands got the party started, then the next group up, local Country/Rocker JoCaine, was here to ride the wave all the way to the beach, sending the Emerald into frenzy with every mention of Bret Michaels. JoCaine appeared right at home in front of the huge crowd, as he ripped off a 45 minute set that included his latest hit, “Summer Nights”, which just so happens to feature a couple young ladies that are extended Dr2 Crew members! Without any doubt, this night belonged to Bret Michaels. From his opening number to his last encore, Michaels had the crowd eating from his hands, holding it out for what seemed like one constant high five. Making no mistake at where he and his band were playing, Michaels played the Detroit card with a relentless “Hey Detroit” after nearly every song. Playing for over 90 minutes, Michaels hit on a number of Detroit Bred cover songs before unleashing his infamous Poison hits that ranged from the stalwart “Every Rose” to “Nothing But a Good Time” to “Girls, Girls, Girls”, bringing the chaotic mass of fans to a wave of pandemonium every step of the way. Yes indeed, the Emerald Theatre was the place to be, and in case you missed it, check out these upcoming shows which include the annual “FREE” Critical Bill Thanksgiving Show on November 24th followed by Motley Crue’s own Vince Neil Saturday November 26th………Keep on Rockin!
(photo upper right by Joe Orlando Jr.)