Bret Michaels Schedules 'Rock of Love Bus' Stop at Gonzales Thunder Rally to Shoot Footage for VH1 Show's Third Season : Poison Frontman Headlining Three-Day Texas Bike Rally and Rock Festival in Gonzales, Texas, Oct. 10-12

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Bret Michaels’ tour bus was already stopping in South Central Texas Oct. 11 as headliner for Gonzales Thunder Rally, a three-day rock festival and bike rally Oct. 10-12, but the Poison frontman just announced that he’s also bringing along the VH1 production crew and rock ‘n’ roll ladies to shoot footage for “Rock of Love Bus,” the third season of the popular “Rock of Love” reality show.

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The buzz surrounding Gonzales Thunder Rally is palpable. We've put together three days of music and activities, including a tattoo expo, that will surely transform Gonzales and the region into a live music mecca. Gonzales is central to Austin, San Antonio and Houston – it's a super location for an event like ours.

Gonzales Thunder Rally special guest Bret Michaels takes the stage Saturday night at JB Wells Park in historic Gonzales, east of San Antonio, south of Austin. Bret has picked select stops on his VH1 Presents Rock of Love Tour 2008 to shoot footage for the 2009 season, which, unlike the other two seasons, has the women who are vying for his affection accompany him on the road. Bret's new CD "Rock My World" is in stores now.

"Poison has sold 25 million records and had 15 Top 40 singles. Bret Michaels is a bona fide rock star. We were already super lucky to have Bret agree to headline our first-time event. Now, to have him announce he's shooting footage for 'Rock of Love,' we're pinching ourselves," said Ben Pigott, Gonzales Thunder Rally brainchild and Electric Ocean frontman. "The buzz surrounding Gonzales Thunder Rally is palpable. We've put together three days of music and activities, including a tattoo expo, that will surely transform Gonzales and the region into a live music mecca. Gonzales is central to Austin, San Antonio and Houston – it's a super location for an event like ours."

General admission and VIP tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster for this year's inaugural Gonzales Thunder Rally, a three-day rock festival and bike rally Oct. 10-12, which also features AXE, Great White, the legendary Augie Meyers and Electric Ocean, a popular regional progressive rock group that will open for Bret Oct. 11. Founded in 2004, Electric Ocean won San Antonio's Battle of the Bands soon after. With every show, Electric Ocean brings a full concert experience with a laser, L.E.D. and intelligent light production that rivals any arena rock show. Also appearing: Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow and celebrity bike builder Troy Nicholson of Lightning Cycle Works who will build a motorcycle on site.

General Admission tickets: $45 for all 3 days or Friday, $20; Saturday, $35; Sunday, $15. Backstage VIP tickets: $295 – three-day event pass includes VIP parking, VIP section near the main stage, private restroom and bar, complimentary food and event T-shirt. VIP tickets are automatically entered to win autographed merchandise and artist meet-and-greet drawings. Be advised that a reality television program is being filmed in and around the venue ("Venue") designated on this ticket. By entering the Venue, the holder of this ticket ("Holder") hereby irrevocably grants permission to 51 Minds Entertainment, LLC ("51 Minds") to use Holder's name, image, voice, likeness, actions, and statements in and in connection with such television program as well as any other production (and also in the advertising, exploiting and/or publicizing thereof) without any further permission. No compensation will be paid. These rights may be exploited in any manner and/or media now known or hereafter devised throughout the universe in perpetuity. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE FILMED OR PHOTOGRAPHED FOR THE PROGRAM, DO NOT ENTER THE VENUE.

    Gonzales Thunder Rally Music Schedule

rock, metal, blues the first two days; country/Americana on day three

  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10

Gates open at 4:30PM

PAVILION

1-2:15PM – Shandon Sahm

2:45-4PM – The Killing Floor

FAIRGROUNDS

5-5:45PM – Eden Burning (Stage 2)

6:15-7PM – SuperCrash (Stage 2)

7:15-8:15PM – Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow (Main Stage)

8:30-9:30PM – AXE (Main Stage)

10-11:30PM – Great White (Main Stage)

11:30PM – Conclusion of day's activities

PAVILION

11:45PM-12:45AM – Killing Floor

  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11

Gates open at Noon

FAIRGROUNDS

12:30-1:15PM – Sintense (Stage 2)

1:45-2:45PM – Still Rockin (Stage 2)

3:15-4:15PM – Seven Perfect (Stage 2)

4:45-5:45PM – Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow (Stage 2)

6:15-7:15PM – Tokyo Road (Bon Jovi Tribute) (Stage 2)

7:40PM – National Anthem – Ashley C. Dixon (Main Stage)

7:45-8:45PM – Bella Donna (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) (Main Stage)

9:15-10PM – Electric Ocean (Main Stage)

10:20-11:30PM – BRET MICHAELS (Main Stage)

11:30PM – Conclusion of day's activities

PAVILION

11:45PM-12:45AM – Crimson Envy

  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12

Gates open at Noon

FAIRGROUNDS

12:30-1:15PM – Taylor Davis Band (Main Stage)

1:45-2:30PM – Patsy Thompson (Main Stage)

3-4PM – John Christopher Way (Main Stage)

4:30-6PM – Augie Meyers (Main Stage)

6PM – Conclusion of day's activities

  Gonzales Thunder Rally organizers Rock Festival Productions expect 20,000+ bikers and concertgoers from central and south Texas to make the trip to Gonzales in October, a month known for its great riding weather. A portion of festival proceeds benefits Norma's House in Gonzales.

About VH1's 'Rock of Love' with Bret Michaels

How will Bret find a woman to "rock his world" when his world is always moving? For Season 3, VH1 is loading up a tour bus filled with beautiful babes and taking them on tour across the country. Rock of Love Bus with Bret Michaels takes contestants out of Bret's mansion and on the road in true rock star style. This season will feature new ladies vying for his affection while traveling across America on a month-long tour. The contestants will face new challenges to see if they can handle the rock star life on the road. This time as the bus pulls into each new city, the girls will engage in challenges specifically revolving around Bret's life on the road, taking the viewer to a whole new level with crazy, fun, over-the-top challenges. Rock of Love Bus premieres early 2009.

More about Norma's House: Norma's House (The Gonzales Regional Children's Advocacy Center) is one of 61 child advocacy centers in the state of Texas. Norma's House helps children that are victims of abuse and/or neglect by offering a safe, child-friendly environment where children may tell of their abuse.

Rock Festival Productions is still looking for national and Texas-based corporate advertising sponsors. Several packages at a variety of dollar levels are available.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Find Bret Michaels' biography, performance video and pictures on http://www.GonzalesThunderRally.com. Gonzales Thunder Rally promo video & Bret Michaels event flyer available for download at: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20080702006061/en. Broadcast video also available.

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