Poison frontman Bret Michaels is back on the road for a prolonged stretch of dates that will run through the end of November. Michaels proved he was in good form throughout June and July when he and Poison played a 19-date swing throughout the East and Midwest with Cheap Trick. Michaels and his band will next play on Friday (August 3rd) at Mankato, Minnesota's Ribfest at Vetter Stone Amphitheater.

Bret Michaels, who was born and raised in Pennsylvania, has often been looked upon as one of the true survivors from the infamous '80s hair metal scene of Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Michaels explained that a huge part of his success was believing in himself and the band's talent: "So I go to L.A. -- we're starving -- and the person I bet on, I bet on myself. We have no money, and we would get offered these publishing deals; they would hear songs like 'Every Rose (Has It's Thorns)' that have sold seven, eight, 10 million copies of these singles, and people were like, 'Hey, we'll give you. . . ' Now, 'member, this is a starving musician I'm 'starving' starving and they offer -- they say, 'We're gonna give you 100 grand and we'll own your publishing' -- and you're going, I didn't even know what 100 grand was then -- I'm like, 'That's a lot of money.' But then I bet on myself, and I said no. I want to be in control of my career, I wanna be in control of my music, where it goes, what it sounds like -- for better or for worse."

AUDIO: BRET MICHAELS ON HOLDING ON TO HIS PUBLISHING