Who hasn't invoked the name of singer Bret Michaels at the drive-in (behind the bushes) when someone has demanded, "Talk Dirty to Me"? And what individual hasn't gone out at night seeking "Nothin' but a Good Time"? And finally, who among us has never longed -- really longed -- to slow-dance to "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"? Yes, Poison was a great band that touched all of our souls.
Well, it turns out this last song has a tiny bit of prophesy in its sorta-rhyming chorus -- specifically the "Every cowboy sings his sad, sad song" bit -- because now Poison's Michaels has turned country. He's not a sad cowboy exactly, but you might be if he doesn't rock your favorites when he visits the Stratford Bar & Grill (800 South Highway Drive, Fenton; www.stratfordbar.com). Just keep your fingers crossed starting now, and continue doing so up until the doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $19 to $29 (at 314-534-1111 or www.metrotix.com), which is well worth paying even if there's only a slim outside chance of hearing "Fallen Angel." And if Michaels doesn't help you take a walk down memory lane, just sit back, listen to Brety-baby play tunes off his new solo album, Freedom of Sound, and enjoy: This is probably the closest you'll ever get to a member of the hair-metal pantheon. -- Alison Sieloff
Rule-Breakers And ass-shakers
My, my, Sarah Jessica Parker had quite an illustrious career in the '80s -- from Flight of the Navigator (awesome!) to Footloose (more awesome!). Don't remember her in the latter (she played Rusty)? Refresh your memory on the character when Stages St. Louis performs a stage adaptation of Footloose through August 21 at the theater at the Kirkwood Civic Center (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood). And while Rusty is significant, the real importance here lies with Ren. Will Ben Nordstrom, the actor playing Ren, jump off stuff and dance as dramatically as Kevin Bacon did? And will Nordstrom's Ren be able to convince the townspeople that they must cut loose, footloose? There's only one way to find out: You've gotta go. Times and dates vary, and tickets cost $10 to $42; call 314-821-2407 or visit www.stagesstlouis.com to make a purchase and for more information. -- Alison Sieloff