Bret Michaels Plays the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

Photos: Tom Donoghue
Photos: Tom Donoghue

On Friday night legendary rocker Bret Michaels and local band Ashley Red took the stage as part of Michaels’ Life Rocks Tour at the new Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, located across from the D Las Vegas.

Michaels’ Life Rocks Tour combines the star’s passion for music with the goal of raising funds, with last night’s proceeds benefitting organizations including Operation Homefront and the American Diabetes Association. The concert for a cause benefited Michaels’ own Life Rocks Foundation, which supports a myriad of causes championed by the rock star.

DLV offered free tickets to all veterans, active duty military, law enforcement, fire service and first responders making the charity concert one to remember for local service members.

Thousands of fans gathered at the new open-air events center as Ashley Red pumped up the crowd in anticipation of Michaels’ appearance. After the band’s rousing opening set, the crowd erupted into cheers as the rock star took the stage, igniting the audience with hits from his days as the lead singer of Poison, including “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” “Fallen Angel,“ “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and party classic “Nothin’ But a Good Time.” Michaels incorporated covers of iconic rock ballads such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Southern anthem, “Sweet Home Alabama” and Sublime’s hit single “What I Got.” The party continued late into the night and Michaels had concert-goers dancing, clapping and singing along to rock’s most iconic ballads.

Michaels wasn’t the only celebrity presence that evening. Tony Beets from the hit reality show Gold Rush enjoyed the concert with his daughter and friends from the VIP area, along with Michaels’ long-time friend and Pawn Stars leading man Rick Harrison. Harrison even made an appearance on stage, singing along with the iconic rocker. After the show, Harrison along with his wife and close friends, dined at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse.

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