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October 06, 2010 12:30 PM

You can’t keep a good man down – especially not Bret Michaels.

The rocker, who suffered from a brain hemorrhage and small warning stroke earlier this year, is coming back to reality TV on Oct. 18 with a new VH1 show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

“The show balances both of my passions,” Michaels, 47, told PEOPLE before entertaining tailgaters at the NFL’s Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots game in south Florida this week. “Viewers will see me interacting with my family and making music on the road.”

Unlike his previous reality TV ventures The Apprentice and Rock of Love, the new show will a look into the rocker s family life with daughters Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, and their mother, Kristi Gibson, who has been Michaels’s on again-off again girlfriend for the past 16 years.

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“[This] show is different because it is unprotected reality, proving how hard it is for me to balance my love for the girls and my work on the road,” he says. “In the show, I learn both patience and negotiating skills from my daughters, and at the same time I talk to them about serious issues like life, death and protecting themselves from harm. It is totally fun!”

Asked if he’d ever consider another popular reality competition, namely Dancing with the Stars, Michaels says he’d rather perform on the show with his band than try and win the coveted Disco Ball trophy.

“That is one reality show I don’t think the audience would like to watch [me on],” he says, laughing. “I am totally uncoordinated. I would love to make music but should leave the dancing to others.”

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