Try reading THAT headline 5 times fast after a few beers. Yes! It seems we have been gifted with POISON frontman Bret Michaels’ latest enterprise in the way of “Bandana Banana” merchandise items! And this just days after he was revealed as the person in the banana costume on the Fox smash hit show “The Masked Singer”. What are the odds right?
Anyways, the items are currently available in Bret’s official webstore where you can peruse and purchase Banana Graphic Socks ($20.00), Bandana Banana Candle Jars ($22.00) and Bandana Banana Graphic Tees ($35.00).
Now for those of us who don’t watch the show, Bret Michaels was disguised as a massive Banana and quickly won over the studio audiences and four judges with four different performances, the last being a version of Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”.
Michaels said he sang “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” on the 10th anniversary of the brain hemorrhage that nearly ended his life. He said it was irony “not knowing that these two dates would ever line up on any level, but here it is April 22, and the song selection I chose came down to two songs, and I went with ‘Knocking On Heaven’s Door’ to sing tonight… Exactly as this show aired is when I was in emergency room. In the operating room, they were operating on my brain.”
Now Sharon Osbourne was there as a guest judge and she knew the singing banana was Bret almost immediately, saying, “I know his voice so well” and adding that she has known him for 35 years.
Asked if the banana costume was heavy to carry around, Michaels told Entertainment Weekly: “Everyone worked hard on it because I’m slightly claustrophobic. I shouldn’t say slightly — I’m very claustrophobic. I’m a freestyle, free-range kind of guy. I like to keep moving and they helped me build on that. I didn’t have a lot of peripheral vision. But I said, you know what? Let’s let this rip. I’m going to give it everything this banana’s got. Let’s go out there and have some fun doing this.”
Banana made his debut on February 19 with his cover of the Elvis Presley signature song “A Little Less Conversation” and followed it up with his rendition of the country classic “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus. For his third appearance, he sang “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers. Banana said he chose the song because his father, who was like his best friend, recently passed away. Bret’s dad died last August days after suffering cardiac arrest.
Based on an international hit, “The Masked Singer” features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke serve on the panel and play detective, alongside host Nick Cannon.
With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. The singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny hints buried throughout the show. One singer is eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity. It’s not a “whodunit,” it’s a “whosungit!”
So there ya go! If your musical consumption comes from overly produced “game” or “reality” shows that rehash the same premise in different packaging week after week then this may be the swag for you!
Or maybe you just dig Bret Michaels. Here’s what the gear looks like.