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Poison’s Bret Michaels calls off engagement & wants a biopic

Monday Poison singer Bret Michaels called off his engagement to his girlfriend Kristi Gibson. “Although the couple have separated they remain great friends and are committed to jointly raising their two daughters,” says the rep.

Michaels, 49, and Gibson, 41, are parents to Raine Elizabeth, 12, and Jorja Bleu, 7.

After 16-plus years together Michaels finally proposed to Gibson on Dec. 2, 2010, with the cameras rolling; the big moment aired on the finale of his VH1 show Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson. Photo by Carrie Reiser

On another note,  Bret is planning to make a movie about his life.

The 80’s rocker, who owns a film production company with actor Charlie Sheen, wants to put together a film to tell his story, starting from his childhood in Pittsburgh, Pa., and documenting his rise to fame with his band Poison.

“I want to tell the story,” Michaels told The Columbus Dispatch. “Mostly, when you see rock movies, it has to be this over-the-top thing. I want to give people a Bret Michaels movie where they see that my life is a comedy of errors. I also want to show my fans how to get through the kind of troubles that would leave most people flat on the floor.”

Look what the lawyers dragged in; Poison sued for alleged plagiarism

80's hair/glam band PoisonMembers of Poison have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn’t over recently created work, but rather over old hits, including “Talk Dirty To Me,” “I Won’t Forget You,” “Fallen Angel” and “Ride the Wind.”

The plaintiffs in this new case are Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, who were members of a Chicago band known as Kid Rocker. This band was formerly signed to Atlantic Records and is said to have been a favorite on the Hollywood club scene in the early-1980s. During those years, they created a number of songs, including “Hit and Run” and “Wham Bam Slammin’ Romance,” which are said to have later been incorporated by Poison in their own work.

According to the plaintiffs, in 1984, before guitarist C.C. DeVille joined Poison, he auditioned for Kid Rocker. During this time, he allegedly was shown completed and formatted songs and was lent master-recorded studio tapes. Kid Rocker disbanded that year, but McCarthy purportedly presented songs for DeVille’s use as a member of another band, Screamin’ Mimis. Then DeVille joined Poison, and the rest is history. In 2004 McCarthy was asked by Sleaze Roxx how much of a hand he had in writing “Talk Dirty To Me” and replied, “I was the only hand in the arrangement–which Poison karaoke’d off Screamin Mimi’s version. If others differ, I’m waiting to hear or see it.” Poison became one of the stars of the glam era as their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, sold approximately 4 million copies.

Now, 25 years later, McCarthy and Stonich are suing members of Poison plus Capitol Records and EMI Music for allegedly infringing the copyright on their songs. The plaintiffs are demanding disgorgement of all profits from the songs in question, statutory damages for willful infringement, and an injunction that prevents Poison and Michaels from performing this allegedly stolen material.

Former Warrant lead singer Jani Lane found dead

Jani Lane formerly of the 80's band WarrantJani Lane, the former lead singer of the 1980’s glam metal band Warrant, has been found dead in a Woodland Hills, California hotel. He was 47.

The body of the singer, whose real name was John Kennedy Oswald, was discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills Thursday night.

Police say the cause of death has not yet released.

According to the celebrity website TMZ, Lane, 47, had a history of alcohol-related issues including a DUI charge in 2010, which he served 120 days in jail. See also TMZ’s “Remembering Jani Lane” photo montage.

Warrant’s first two albums, “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” in 1989 and “Cherry Pie” in 1990, sold more than two million copies each, making them the band’s most successful work.

Lane later left the bad to pursue a solo career and released his first album, appropriately called “Back Down to One,” in 2003.

On the singer’s website, Lane reminds his fans that “everyday above ground is a gift and I’m truly grateful for each and every one of you!!!”

In recent years, he appeared in VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. The singer is survived by his ex-wife Bobbie Brown and his 19-year-old daughter, Taylor.

Rockers Slash, Nikki Sixx, and Steven Adler (former drummer of Guns N’ Roses) have paid tribute to former Warrant star Jani Lane.

Lane’s rock peers were stunned by the tragic news, and have taken to their Twitter pages to express their grief over his passing.

Bret Michaels (via Twitter) tells fans, “We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss.”

Sixx states (via Twitter), “I just heard the sad news about Janie (sic) Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP”, while Adler adds, “Jani Lane, you were a great talent. The world will miss you. R.I.P. my brother.”

In a post on his page on the microblogging site, Slash writes, “Just heard about Jani Lane. What a shame. RIP man.”

Surgery is scheduled to fix hole in Bret Michaels’ heart

The surgery needed to fix a hole in Bret Michaels’ heart has been moved to January. The operation was originally scheduled for this fall.

Doctors discovered the hole earlier this year when Michaels was in the hospital recovering from a stroke. It’s been a rough year for the rocker, who survived an emergency appendectomy and a brain hemorrhage shortly before the warning stroke. The hole in his heart is a condition he has unknowingly had since birth.

The former Poison frontman isn’t wasting time waiting for the surgery. He’s currently in the middle of his Roses & Thorns tour and his new VH1 show “Life As I Know It” premieres October 18.

Bret Michaels is released from hospital

Bret Michaels’ neurosurgeon said he has been released from the Phoenix, Arizona, hospital where he has been treated since suffering a massive brain hemorrhage 12 days ago.

Doctors “are feeling pretty confident” that Michaels will not suffer another hemorrhage and will fully recover.

The rock singer and reality TV star needs four to six weeks of rest before he can resume a normal schedule, Dr. Joseph Zabramski said.

His road manager announced last week that Michaels might be able to resume his concert tour on May 26, but his doctor said he asked Michaels to take it easy.

I80s.com is happy to hear Bret is recovering well and is released from the hospital!

Bret Michaels is released from Texas hospital

Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels has been released from a Texas hospital following an emergency appendectomy earlier this week.

Early Monday morning, the Celebrity Apprentice star was rushed to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-Westover Hills in San Antonio, Texas, after suffering from excruciating stomach pains originally thought to be symptoms of the stomach flu. He had remained under the care of his doctors until Wednesday when hospital officials confirmed that Michaels, a diabetic, was released.

Michaels, 47, was in town and set to perform at Sea World San Antonio as part of the theme park’s Bands, Brew & BBQ concert lineup, but the concert has been postponed until Oct. 1.