Live in Halifax, NS, Canada
Review and Live Photo’s by Celtic Bob
The Schooner Room inside of the casino was the setting for two Sold Out Bret Michaels shows. This was Bret’s first time in Halifax and judging from the response it won’t be his last.
Arriving in Halifax just hours prior to the event I was psyched for that evening’s show. I’ve been a Poison fan since the debut album and have flown halfway across this great Nation to see them live on several occasions. This show however would be quite a different experience as it was a solo show and taking place in a small venue as compared to amphitheaters’ that I am used to seeing Bret perform in.
Once I was allowed inside for the show after some miscommunication with access I made my way to the front of the stage to find no Press Pit. I then decided to get up on one of the speaker cabinets that were on the floor so I could at least get a couple of good shots for this review. As I was taking out my camera a security lady on side stage motioned to me to go over by her and shoot from side stage. I was amazed and quite pleased to be granted such an excellent opportunity.
The house lights go down, the stage lights come on and Bret hits the stage. From that moment on the guy is on 11. He’s giving it his all like he’s done at every show i’ve seen him do with Poison. For someone who has gone through what he has in the past year and to get up and put on a show like this is nothing short of amazing. It never slowed him down at all. As always he is having the time of his life onstage as he makes his way through Poison and solo material. The main focus is his latest effort CUSTOM BUILT which he does a few selections from. At one point in the show he says he’s being filmed for his new TV show and when he watched some of the previous night’s footage he said he was not going to jump around like he did again during the Sublime cover. After he performed the song he said he wouldn’t but it just felt right. In the same manner in which Poison end their shows, Bret ends his with a rocking version of “Nothin’ But A Good Time”.
His short set was was enjoyable from beginning to end. Seeing him in a small and intimate show like this puts it all in perspective, he enjoys what he does and gives it his all whether it is in front of 20,000 in an amphitheater or 675 in a small room.