Tommy Mann Jr. of The Orange Leader recently conducted an interview with POISON frontman Bret Michaels. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:On the new album of covers: "First off, I want to say I really wanted to go in and record an album of new, original material. The band and I talked about this, but Bobby (Dall) looked at me and said he knew I was doing my new show for VH1, and some solo stuff and that we wouldn't have enough time. He said let's redo some of the stuff we played as a cover band when we first started out. We wanted to just go in the studio and have fun and we did." "Our first good argument this album was about what songs we were going to cover. I wanted to cover songs by LED ZEPPELIN, AEROSMITH and a bunch of others but the other guys said we should find some songs that haven't been covered a million times. So each guy kind of spearheaded the songs he chose." On the setlist for the upcoming tour: "Choosing songs for the set list is what Bobby and I got into a fight about last year. It started the night before when we were picking songs for the show and continued when we were on stage." On the forthcoming tour with RATT: "The very first arena tour we did was with RATT. Our first night was in Beaumont, Texas back in 1986. Anyway, we had heard singer Stephen Pearcy might be rejoining the band, but we didn't really know what was going on with those guys. So, we made a few calls, and now we're going on tour together." On entering the world of reality television in July with the VH1 premiere of "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels": "It is definitely one of the most interesting, strange, bizarre, craziest things I have ever done. I was real hesitant at first about doing the show, but they reassured me about some things. I told them I wanted it to be real and it is. They have included stuff from my every day life in it, like workouts to my diabetes. They just filmed me being me." "It's funny at times, and it's sad at times. There is a lingerie mud football game, a motocross, broken bones and more." Read the entire interview at The Orange Leader.