(Columbus, MS – May 17, 2023) Music icon Bret Michaels, hot off the hugely successful 2022 Stadium Tour, is bringing his legendary energy and a night of big hits to the troops and their families at Columbus Air Force Base this Friday, May 19th.
Michaels states, “As the son of a veteran and coming from a family of veterans, I could not be more honored to come to Columbus Air Force Base and give back to the men and women who selflessly sacrifice so much for our freedoms. Having had the honor of going to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, this means the world to me.”
“Columbus Air Force Base could not be more proud to have Bret Michaels as our special guest, as he has long been a relentless supporter of our veterans and our military,” said Mr. Edwards, Executive Director of Air Force Entertainment. “We’re honored that Bret made time to be our surprise performer before heading straight to Stir Cove in Nebraska to open their summer concert series.”
Michaels, a lifelong diabetic, understands daily struggles and keeps an unbroken fighting spirit to inspire a ‘victory over victim’ spirit. He comes from a long line of military vets, including his Uncle Nick who was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge and his Uncle Bobby who is a twice-honored Purple Heart recipient. He is no stranger to advocating for veterans and has given his support to events such as the Military Child of the Year, Gold Star families events, Operation Home Front, in addition to his performing at forward-operating bases overseas. He also joined his hometown team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, during their Monday Night Football Salute to Service game where, with late Steeler great Rocky Bleier, he honored those who have served including Michaels’ late Navy veteran father Wally Sychak with a personal dedication and donation to Wally’s VFW Hall. Michaels also dedicated his 2019 Hometown Heroes tour to veterans, military members, and their families, inviting service members to be recognized on stage during his performances, as he has throughout his career. The show at Columbus will be no exception, with Michaels planning to honor service members on stage and even try to have some of them sing one of his hit songs alongside him.
His Live Nation 2023 Parti-Gras Tour, kicking off July 13, will include incredible giveback to veterans with tickets and contributions to veteran charities. Immediately following the show at Columbus AFB, Michaels will leave to open the summer concert series with a special show including his good friend Guy Fieri at Stir Cove amphitheater in Nebraska, close to Offutt Air Force Base where Bret’s sister once served.