POISON frontman and "Rock of Love Bus" star Bret Michaels recently answered a number of questions that were submitted by readers of Blender magazine. A couple of excerpts follow below.Q: When are POISON coming out with a new album of original material? Bret Michaels On our last studio album [2007's "Poison'd!"], we had Don Was, one of the greatest producers ever, and I was really upset that we were using him for a covers album. I gave 150 percent, but I was like, "Guys, we fuckin' write music. Isn't that what we got into this for in the first place for?" I would like to do a new album with POISON — but we'd have to do new material. I live to write and produce new stuff. I will never do another cover song with POISON. Q: You're pals with Charlie Sheen. Who tips hookers better? Bret Michaels: I've never seen Charlie tip a hooker, but I hear that he tips fairly well. I'd like to think that I do fairly well, myself. Throughout my years I have dated girls who eventually became prostitutes. I may have experienced a few in Amsterdam — that was my first prostitute experience, probably '87. The red-light district in Amsterdam is the most surreal place on earth. There's hash bars, then there's girls in little windows with red lights over them, there's live sex shows, and then there's families, like grandparents, walking around. It was pretty mind-blowing for a young kid from a small town in Pennsylvania. Q: Nikki Sixx, Axl Rose and DEF LEPPARD's Joe Elliott have all slammed POISON. Ever bump into any of these guys since then? Bret Michaels: I used to ride Harleys with Nikki, and around '88 they were gonna kick Vince [Neil] out of the band and were interested in me singing for them. I never knew Nikki disliked me until I read about it, and now when I see him, he's like, "What's up, bro?" I've never actually read what Axl said. I remember talking with him about life by the vending machine in the studio when he was doing "Use Your Illusion", I think. I know Joe said something about us and some other bands not being as real. We became the biggest hair band in the world, and I think we became a punching bag when other bands' careers started to dip. But I like all those bands' music. This summer, POISON are going to tour with DEF LEPPARD, something I've been trying to make happen for years. Read more at www.blender.com.
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