Butler Native Bret Michaels Plays Palace; Tenacious D in Concert at Stage AE (Fri., 11/9/18)

1) He’s the good-looking man in the red bandanna! You can bet the house will be packed when Butler native and die hard Steelers fan Bret Michaels revisits his home turf for a gig at the Palace Theatre. Michaels, born Bret Michael Sychak, has won fame in practically every way available. In addition to the solo career he launched in 1998 he’s been a founding member and longtime lead vocalist of the glam-metal rockers Poison. He wrote, directed, and starred in the movie A Letter from Death Row, with his friend and colleague Charlie Sheen. Michaels has had his own reality TV shows, and, um … oh yeah, along with playing a half-dozen instruments, he can sing. Last year he appeared as himself in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming. Expect to hear him doing metal/country hits like “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” maybe “The App Song,” and more. Michaels is currently on an extensive U.S. tour, but makes time for many charity events as well. 8 p.m. 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg. (MV)

Bret Michaels performs in Massapequa, NY in 2014. photo: Rjkowal and Wikipedia.

Bret Michaels performs in Massapequa, NY in 2014. photo: Rjkowal and Wikipedia.

2) Tenacious D, a comedic rock ‘n’ roll band, is Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Both Black and Gass are musicians and actors. Black might have a little more name recognition (see 2003’s School of Rock, the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and many other leading cinematic roles), but Gass was also in Kung Fu Panda (as KG Shaw) and had an acting credit on “Seinfeld.” (Gass is one of the smokers, who later join Kramer’s smoking lounge.) Tenacious D’s latest project is Post Apocalypto, an illustrated YouTube series with accompanying album out this November. It isn’t the first time that the duo has merged media: The Pick of Destiny, both the album and the film of the same name, were released in 2006. Other career highlights include Black serenading Gass with “Kiss from a Rose” on “American Idol.” Tenacious D will perform a sold-out show at Stage AE. Wynchester opens. Doors open 7 p.m. 400 North Shore Dr., North Shore. (EC, CM)

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