Bret Michaels, Billy Gardell to Kick off Graceland Live Shows

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Bret Michaels, Billy Gardell to Kick off Graceland Live Shows

It's a partnership made in rock 'n' roll heaven: Elvis Presley's Graceland has partnered with Live Nation, the world's largest concert promoter, to bring you Graceland Live - live concerts at Graceland!

The shows aren't actually on the mansion grounds - but they are just steps away, at the Graceland Soundstage at Elvis Presley's Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex (across the street from the mansion) and The Guest House at Graceland Theater at the hotel nearby.

We have announced the first 10 acts that will perform here, and tickets are on sale now at More on those in a bit - let's get to know the first two acts on our roster.

Bret Michaels, legendary Poison frontman, is performing during Graceland's Military Appreciation Weekend - a perfect pairing!

Graceland's Military Appreciation Weekend is March 23-24, and the Bret Michaels concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23. The weekend not only honors the 61st anniversary of Elvis' induction into the U.S. Army, but it gives Graceland a chance to salute our active and retired military, veterans and Shelby County First Responders. Michaels is the son of a veteran and loves to salute the troops.

Michaels has sold more than 35 million records worldwide - both solo and with Poison - and has starred on reality shows like "Rock of Love," "The Apprentice" and "Bret Michaels: Life as I Know It." Some of Poison's biggest hits include "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," "Nothin' But a Good Time," "Unskinny Bop," "Something to Believe In" and "Talk Dirty to Me." In the coming weeks, he'll release a new single, "Unbroken," which is a duet with his daughter Jorja.

Off the stage and screen, Michaels is an entrepreneur, and he's created the multi-million dollar selling Pets Rock Collection with PetSmart, launched his own line of custom guitars and created “Bret’s Blend, Diet Trop-A-Rocka” which is a number one selling beverage for Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group. 

Michaels is a type 1 diabetic and, personally and through his Life Rocks Foundation, has helped raise millions of dollars for charity and makes donations to not only diabetes awareness and research but to causes such as childhood cancer, PetSmart Charities, Operation Homefront, Fealgood Foundation and more.

A tireless performer and businessman, Michaels has been on the road for each of the last 10 years, for nearly 300 live performances, speaking engagements, charitable concerts and private engagements. 

The Military Appreciation Weekend features patriotic and family-friendly events, and you can see the full schedule at Tickets to the Bret Michaels show are free (plus fees) to active and retired military, veterans and Shelby County First Responders. General admission tickets are $49.50/advance, $60/day of show, plus fees. 

Get your Bret Michaels tickets now!

Need a laugh? Billy Gardell has plenty to spare.

You know this Emmy-nominated actor and comedian from TV and the movies. Gardell starred as Officer Mike Biggs in the hit CBS series "Mike & Molly" and currently has a recurring role on "Young Sheldon." He's also starred on shows like "My Name is Earl," "Heist" and "Yes, Dear," and the film "Jersey Boys." He earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Best Gameshow Host for "Monopoly Millionaires Club."

Gardell also starred as Col. Tom Parker in the CMT show "Sun Records." The sets from this show are now on display at the Hollywood Backlot exhibit at the Elvis Presley's Memphis exhibit at Graceland.

Gardell worked his way up the ladder in Hollywood. He's performed at small town clubs and military bases across the country. His comedy show brought him to Los Angeles, and there he grew his resume in comedy and acting. His comedy shows bring the laughs, with rave reviews following. F

As a standup comic, his comedy specials, "Billy Gardell: Halftime," premiered on Comedy Central and "Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs" premiered on Showtime.

Billy Gardell will bring the laughs to The Guest House at Graceland Theater on Saturday, April 6, with two shows - one at 6 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. Make a weekend of it and get a room at the hotel, tour Graceland and enjoy the sights and sounds of Memphis!

Get your Billy Gardell tickets now!

These are just the beginning of the shows at Graceland! Upcoming shows include George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Boz Scaggs, Chubby Checker & the Wildcats, The Allman Betts Band, Stryper, Buckcherry and Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot. Tickets for all shows are on sale now at

We're announcing more shows in the coming weeks, so make sure you sign up for LiveFeed to get the latest news, access to ticket pre-sales, special offers and more.

If you purchase a concert ticket, you'll get some special perks at Graceland, like free access to Elvis Presley's Memphis complex after 3 p.m. day of show, discounted Graceland tour tickets and savings on your Guest House at Graceland stay. Learn more.

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