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Erie County Fair welcomes Bret Michaels, Lita Ford and Warrant at Rockfest concert


Thu, Apr 21st 2016 11:35 am

The Erie County Fair announced a rock concert was added to the GUSTO Grandstand lineup as part of the National Grid Concert Series. On Wednesday, Aug. 10, opening day of the Erie County Fair, Rockfest will take the stage at 7 p.m. featuring Bret Michaels with Lita Ford and Warrant.

Tickets for the show will go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. Friday, April 29. Prices for the show are $40 for reserved track seats and $30 grandstand general admission. Tickets will be on sale via www.Tickets.com or by phone at 1-888-223-6000. Service fees may apply.

Passes can also be purchased in person from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Fairgrounds main. Grandstand tickets purchased in advance include admission to the EC Fair on the day of the show.

American born Bret Michaels is best known for his time as lead singer of the metal group Poison. The band had six top 10 singles on the Billboard charts in the 1980s and has sold more than 45 million albums worldwide. Michaels wrote poison's most popular song, "Every Rose Has Its Thorns." The song was the only Poison hit to make it all the way to No. 1 and was ranked No. 34 on VH1's "Greatest Songs of the '80s."

Apart from Poison, Michaels has released five solo albums, his latest being "Jammin With Friends" in 2013. The 2009 album "Custom Built" hit No. 1 in the U.S. hard rock charts. Beyond his music, Michaels has been featured on numerous television shows and movies including "The Celebrity Apprentice," which he won in 2010, and VH1's "Rock of Love."

Lita Ford was born in London and moved to Los Angeles at a young age. She picked up her first guitar at just 11 years old. At age 16, Ford was recruited to play alongside Joan Jett in The Runaways, an iconic American rock band. The group toured internationally, opening for acts such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and released four studio albums. Some of The Runaways' most popular songs include "Cherry Bomb" and "Queens of Noise."

The Runaways dissolved in 1979 and Ford broke out on her own as a recording artist and guitarist. She released her first solo album in 1983, but did not find commercial success until the release of "Dancin on the Edge" a year later. Ford's most popular solo album to date came with "Lita" in 1988. It featured the song "Close My Eyes Forever," a duet with Ozzy Osbourne. Over her solo career, Ford has released eight studio albums. She is currently working on a new album, "Time Capsule, which should be out sometime this year.

Warrant, an American metal band from Hollywood, began in 1989. The band's debut album, "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich," went double-platinum. The single "Heaven" from the album went to No. 1 on Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Warrant's second album, "Cherry Pie," with a single of the same name, is the bestselling and most popular album and song of the band's career.

Over the past 30 years, Warrant has released nine studio albums, a live album, and headlined 16 tours. In the mid-'90s the band took on a more grunge sound, but returned to its metal roots by the end of the decade. The band's latest album was released in 2011, around the same time it longtime front man passed away. Today, Warrant travels with Robert Mason as the lead singer. He is the former Lynch Mob front man.

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