Bret Michaels is something of a Renaissance man; he has fronted the multi-platinum rock band Poison, had his own reality TV show "Rock of Love," was a competitor on Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" and has had his own brand of Snapple beverages and cologne.
He's also a philanthropist, merchandiser, father of two and singer/songwriter.
Whatever it is Michaels is doing these days, it's because it's what he wants to do.
"I've always been an independent artist at heart," he said in an interview with the Sun Herald.
"To me, the state of the music biz has given control back to the artist, but you do have to work harder without the endless support of the big machine, which I don't mind at all. I like to work hard, and I like to chose my own path."
Michaels will be showcasing his independent spirit on Friday when he plays a solo show at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi. He has made Biloxi an annual stop on his tours.
"I love the Gulf Coast. We've been coming down here as Poison for 30 years and 15 as a solo artist," he said. "The people are amazing, and we always have a huge party. I'm always looking forward to my Biloxi dates."
He said his show will feature Poison hits such as "Talk Dirty to Me," as well as a few surprises.
"My solo show is a celebration of the music I love, and I always throw in a few covers that mean something special to me," he said. "I think it's part of what makes the show special and intimate."
The IP show also will contain some of the songs from his solo career, including his most recent album, 'True Grit.' It features appearances from guests such as Miley Cyrus, Loretta Lynn, Ace Frehley and Mark McGrath on tracks that were originally on an album called 'Jammin' With Friends.'
"I love working with my friends and the musicians I admire," he said. "I did an album called 'Jammin' With Friends' that had different guests on every song -- I had everyone from Joe Perry, to Mark McGrath to Michael Anthony of Van Halen. I'd love to do another album like that."
Michaels said he's continually writing and recording new material.
"I actually carry an awesome studio rig with me so I'm always in the studio," he said. "I've done work on the bus, plane, dressing rooms, hotel rooms. Whenever the moment hits, I'm able to capture the idea."
And although Poison fans should not hold their breath waiting for the band to reunite, he said a reunion is possible.
"When the time is right we will get back out there, without a doubt," he said.