Posts Tagged ‘Poison’


March 25th, 2017

poison-logo.jpgDrummer Rikki Rockett discussed the making of Poison’s debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In on this week’s episode of the Decibel Geek podcast.

In an interview recorded on his tour bus during a Devil City Angels stop in Nashville, Rockett reflected on the early days of Poison as they made a leap the transition from their home in Mechanicsburg, PA to Hollywood in the early 1980’s.

“I was really scared. I lived in the same house until I was 22 years old. All of a sudden, BAM, I’m in a fuckin’ one bedroom in the hardcore part of Hollywood. The first week we’re seeing people get their asses kicked out front. I remember this pimp was literally smacking the hell out of his ho across the street. We went down the steps. I had a Pearl drum cymbal stand. I’m like “Let’s just fuck this motherfucker up”, you know what I mean? We went down and the guy comes around with a knife this fuckin’ big and we’re like “Maybe we shouldn’t get involved (laughs)”

Poison quickly built a reputation as a top live act on the Sunset Strip; boasting a glam look and songs that described a life of excess. When asked about how accurate the lyrical content was at the time, Rockett said: “We didn’t have any money. We didn’t have beautiful cars. We didn’t have anything. So, we wrote about it like we did. A lot of times when people have it in their life, they write about how downtrodden they are. But when you really don’t have anything, you write about how wonderful it could be.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t go out and party every night.  Later, that happened because we were, like, fulfilling our dreams. But when we were writing those songs, they were wish lists.”

Original guitarist, Matt Smith, quickly left the band to return to Pennsylvania to start a family.  The audition process of replacing Smith would see the competition narrowed to two players; CC DeVille and Slash. “Slash, we had known. He was in Hollywood Rose….We all liked him. He came and worked on some songs with us but we continued to audition people even though he was a frontrunner…We didn’t want, like, a hotshot Yngwie guy. We wanted an East Coast guy. And then CC auditioned and he just made more sense than Slash did. So, it was a tough decision because we all liked Slash. Slash was really pissed off about it. He was pissed. He was like “What the fuck you guys?”…So there was that rivalry between Poison and Guns n’ Roses because of that, I think for a long time you know?”
One thing that definitely helped DeVille’s chances was a song he brought to the audition from his previous band, The Screaming Mimis. That song was ‘Talk Dirty to Me.’

According to Rikki, “It was a different feel… I don’t want to say it was a different song; that it would be totally unrecognizable but it didn’t sound the same.”
Producer Rick Browde was previously associated with DeVille and was tapped to helm the album. Early on, tensions flared, “CC had some tie-in with him….We didn’t have much money and he was willing to do it. And he was a Nazi in there, he really was. When we recorded ‘Talk Dirty to Me’, we actually had kicked him out by then. We did not part happily….Talk Dirty to Me was recorded twice. It was really stiff; the way he wanted it.”

As it’s well-known by now, Poison has had a well-publicized tension between certain members. When asked for a cause, Rikki responds, “You combine success and drugs and pressure and all sorts of things and the lid can come off in a minute….You’re in each other’s space all the time and one person does stuff that just annoys you, it’s the little shit…Look at these things in jail. People go to jail and they’ll fuckin’ beat the fuck out of each other over a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. What do you call it, shank a person?…I mean, I’ve wanted to shank everybody in this band! (laughs)”
Asked about the trend of rock stars today being more relatable, Rockett doesn’t agree with it, “Everybody’s like “Aw shucks” about it. We were unabashedly about it. We loved the fuckin’ pageantry of it. I didn’t grow up thinking “I wanna be a rock star so I can have a Porsche. I woke everyday wanting to be a rock star so I can have a big drum kit and a big PA. That’s what the fuck I wanted. I’d go see a concert and at the end of the night I was like “Man, those guys are getting laid right now.”  I want that shit. You know what I mean?”

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Bret Michaels live in Halifax, Nova Scotia

April 14th, 2011

Bret Michaels

Live in Halifax, NS, Canada

Oct 2010

Review and Live Photo’s by Celtic Bob

The Schooner Room inside of the casino was the setting for two Sold Out Bret Michaels shows. This was Bret’s first time in Halifax and judging from the response it won’t be his last.
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POISON Celebrates 25 Years with ‘Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits’ & Tour

March 15th, 2011

To celebrate Poison’s 25th Anniversary, 35 of the multi-platinum band’s top hits and fan favorites have been gathered for Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits, a new career-spanning 2CD and digital collection to be released May 3 by Capitol/EMI.  This summer, Poison will hit the road with Mötley Crüe and the New York Dolls for an extensive North American tour.

Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits features all of the band’s charting singles, including the #1 smash ballad “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Top 10 hits “Nothin’ But  A Good Time,” “Unskinny Bop,” and “Something To Believe In,” and other big hits and fan favorites, including “Talk Dirty To Me,” “I Want Action,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Fallen Angel,” “Ride The Wind,” and many more, including standouts from the band’s most recent album, 2007’s Poison’d!.

“Between Double Dose Of Poison and the 25th Anniversary Tour, I honestly can’t think of a better way to mark this major milestone,” says Poison’s singer Bret Michaels.  “I’m so excited to get back out on the road with the band again to celebrate – and ‘Double Dose’ is going to be such a must-have collection: All the hits in one place. This is going to be really special for all of the fans – and especially for all of those who have been with us since Day One.”

Poison’s highly-anticipated tour with Mötley Crüe and the New York Dolls kicks off June 7 at Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion, before continuing on to more than 30 other cities and major venues across North America, including Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl on June 14, Toronto’s Molson Amphitheatre on June 28, Detroit’s DTE Energy Music Center on June 29, and Chicago’s FMB Amphitheatre on July 1.

Bret Michaels has partnered with Dean Guitars to represent a line of guitars, and he will soon release a new vocal warm-up CD.  This fall, he’ll hit the high seas aboard the Bret Michaels Super Cruise.  Check for updates.

Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits [2CD, Digital]
Disc 1
Disc 2
1.  Talk Dirty To Me
1.  We’re An American Band
2.  I Want Action
2.  So Tell Me Why
3.  I Won’t Forget You
3.  No More Lookin’ Back [Live]
4.  Cry Tough
4.  Can’t You See
5.  Look What The Cat Dragged In
5.  Little Willy
6.  Nothin’ But A Good Time
6.  Suffragette City
7.  Fallen Angel
7.  Look But You Can’t Touch
8.  Every Rose Has Its Thorn
8.  Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice)
9.  Your Mama Don’t Dance
9.  Bastard Son Of A Thousand Blues
10.  Unskinny Bop
10.  Lay Your Body Down
11.  Rock And Roll All Nite
11.  Sexual Thing
12.  Ride The Wind
12.  (Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice
13.  Something To Believe In
13.  What I Like About You
14.  Life Goes On
14.  Love On The Rocks
15.  Stand
15.  Face The Hangman
16.  The Last Song
16.  Livin’ For The Minute
17.  Shooting Star
17.  Cover Of The Rolling Stone

18.  Poor Boy Blues

Poison: Confirmed North American Tour Dates
[all dates with Mötley Crüe and New York Dolls]
June 07           Dallas, TX                               Gexa Energy Pavilion
June 09           San Antonio, TX                      AT&T Center
June 10           Houston, TX                            Toyota Center
June 12           Albuquerque, NM                     Hard Rock Pavilion
June 14           Los Angeles, CA                     Hollywood Bowl
June 15           San Francisco, CA                 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
June 17           Phoenix, AZ                             Desert Sky Pavilion
June 18           Las Vegas, NV                        TBD
June 19           Salt Lake City, UT                   USANA Amphitheatre
June 21           Kansas City, MO                     Sprint Center
June 22           Maryland Heights, MO             Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
June 24           Minneapolis, MN                      Target Center
June 25           Milwaukee, WI                         Bradley Center
June 26           Cincinnati, OH                         Riverbend Music Center
June 28           Toronto, ON                            Molson Amphitheatre
June 29           Clarkston, MI                           DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 01             Tinley Park, IL                         FMB Amphitheatre
July 02             Noblesville, IN                          Verizon Wireless Music Center
July 03             Nashville, TN                           Bridgestone Arena
July 05             Hollywood, FL                         Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
July 06             Tampa, FL                              St. Petersburg Times Forum
July 08             Biloxi, MS                                Mississippi Coast Coliseum
July 10             Atlanta, GA                              Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 12             Charlotte, NC                          Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 13             Hershey, PA                            Star Pavilion at Hershey Park
July 15             Uncasville, CT                         Mohegan Sun Arena
July 16             Camden, NJ                            Susquehanna Bank Center
July 19             Mansfield, MA                          Comcast Center
July 20             Uniondale, NY                         Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
July 22             Darien Center, NY                   Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 23             Saratoga Springs, NY             Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 24             Pittsburgh, PA                         Stage AE
July 29             Youngstown, OH                     Covelli Centre
July 30             Frederick, MD                         Outlaw Jam 2011
July 31             Scranton, PA                           Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
August 5          Tomah, WI                              Fort McCoy

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March 2nd, 2011


Mötley Crüe, one of the world’s most iconic rock bands, have announced initial details today for their summer headlining tour with support from Poison and special guests New York Dolls (not to be confused with Poison’s solo tour, “Glam-A-Geddon 25”). The official announcement by Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee and New York Dolls’ David Johansen was made on the syndicated radio show, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx Tuesday March 1st at 7:00pm local time (check for a list of stations). Additionally, the announcement can be heard on, iheartradio and on the new Sixx Sense XM 161 Channel. The trek will kick off June 7th in Dallas, TX and hit approximately 40 cities before coming to a close in early August.


Beginning March 11th, Mötley S.I.N. Club members will have first crack at tickets and VIP Packages during the exclusive fan club presale. Visit and check out all the Mötley Crüe fan club benefits and join today.


A national on sale starts the weekend of March 18th. All tour information can be found at


Mötley Crüe, Poison and New York Dolls Summer Tour Dates


7 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

9 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center

10 Houston, TX Toyota Center

12 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Pavilion

14 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl

15 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

17 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion

18 Las Vegas, NV Venue TBD

19 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheater

21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

22 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

24 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

25 Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center

26 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

28 Toronto, ON Molson Ampitheater

29 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre



1 Tinley Park, IL FMB Amphitheater

2 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center

3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

5 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena

6 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum

8 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum

9 Pelham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center (Mötley Crüe & NY Dolls Only)

10 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood

12 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

13 Hershey, PA Star Pavilion at Hershey Park

15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena

16 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center

19 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center

20 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

22 Darien Lakes, NY Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center

23 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center

24 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE

27 Cheyenne, WY Frontier Days (Mötley Crüe Only)

29 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre

30 Frederick, MD Outlaw Jam 2011

31 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain



5 Tomah, WI Fort MCoy


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RIKKI ROCKETT From POISON Walks The Green Carpet In Support Of Building A No-Kill Shelter

November 6th, 2010

Rikki Rockett from POISON  will walk the green carpet in support of HUMANITY THRU MUSIC Saturday, November 6th in Hollywood. ROCKETT will join WENDY DIO, actress/photographer SHARI BELAFONTE, Com-Con Icon/”Lost” Producer PAUL DINI, Actor TYLER MANE /Michael Myers of Halloween 1&2 fame and many more celebs and Rockstars will grace this year First Annual Humanity Thru Music concert and dinner in support f building a No-Kill animal sanctuary in California.

Iconic radio personality JIM LADD, of KLOS, has joined on to host this year’s concert event and will also walk the green carpet in support of our much needed NO-Kill animal Sanctuary in California. LADD will start the night out on the carpet and end the night rockin us out to the combined forces of YES & TOTO former founding members new project YOSO in a montage that was 30 years in the making – YOSO will play such Platinum hits from both bands Roundabout, Owner Of A Lonely Heart, Rosanna, Hold The Line and so much more!!

Huge “Silent Auction” with Joe Satriani, Rob Zombie, Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Alice Cooper, Marky Ramone and so many other rockstars who have contributed singed guitars and other items Also there are great items such as Hollywood Bowl tickets, signed Star Wars collection with a bottle of Skywalker Ranch wine, signed sports memorabilia, dinner at Sugar Rock, a night at Luck Stick bowling alley for 8-16 guests and more to help support the upcoming concert HUMANITY THRU MUSIC and the building of a No-Kill animal sanctuary. Right now you can get your ticket for $35 as a special Halloween price – Go to or Paypal to and get yours now!!!

NIGHTS SCHEDULE: Will-call opens at 5:30 pm to check in and purchase tickets with the Green Carpet and silent auction starting at 6:00 pm. The vegetarian paw-sta buffet starts at 6:30 pm with $1 wine bars.  8:00 pm is your cue to go rock-out to classic rock in the amphitheater for the concert that will start at 8:30pm.  The concert will end about 10:00 pm.

ONLINE ADVANCE SALE: General Admission seats, dinner (festival seating) is now $35 till 11/05, reg. $50, VIP seating, dinner is $100 (guaranteed first 5 rows), $195 VIP Backstage (First 3 center rows seating guaranteed | VIP Lounge | After-Show Meet & Greet | Special YOSO Gift bag), Platinum group seating for 10 includes all above* $1250.
TO BUY TICKETS – Go to, for Paypal go to OR Paypal directly with ticket seat-type and quantities to – You will be provided with a confirmation page you will bring to will-call night of the event. Will-call starts @ 5:30 pm sharp!

SO – Come wag your tail and rock-out in Hollywood on November, 6th at the First Annual “Humanity Thru Music” concert and paw-sta dinner in benefit of Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary a 501c3 dedicated to much needed animal welfare in California. Come help save the lives of our homeless animals from having to enter shelters and face needless euthanasia by supporting the building of Southern California’s first full NO-KILL animal sanctuary, medical and educational center.
We want to thank our sponsors for all the gracious help in making this all happen – MUSICIANS INSTITUTE, MODERN DOG MAGAZINE AND PARADIGM SHIFT WORLDWIDE, INC – THANK YOU!!

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Capitol/EMI to release ‘Nothin But A Good Time: The Poison Collection’ on Nov 9th

October 4th, 2010

Poison’s biggest hits and classic concert performances have been gathered for a new 2CD boxed collection to be released November 9 by Capitol/EMI. Nothin’ But A Good Time: The Poison Collection features the band’s most popular hits, including “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” “Unskinny Bop,” and “Something To Believe In,” as well as roof-raising 1991 concert recordings of “I Want Action,” “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “Nothin’ But A Good Time,” and many more. The new collection also includes an exclusive, limited edition “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” bandanna and a full-color booklet with band photos.

Since first bursting onto the scene in 1986, Poison has been one of rock’s top acts, with more than 21 million multi-platinum album sales and major sold-out tours. The success of the band’s most recent releases and tours shows that Poison is as potent now, 24 years after the release of their debut album, Look What The Cat Dragged In, as ever.

Poison’s singer Bret Michaels will return to national television this fall with an all-new VH1 series, “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It,” premiering October 18. The new show follows Bret’s life on the road and also reveals more about his home life than ever before, showing Bret hard at work and play on his sprawling compound where his daughters Raine and Jorja, who affectionately refer to him as “Poppa Rocka,” and their mother, Kristi Gibson, also reside.

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BRET MICHAELS To Undergo Heart Surgery

September 24th, 2010

According to The Pulse of Radio, Bret Michaels’ health woes are not over yet. The rocker/reality star will undergo heart surgery in January to repair a hole in his heart — a condition he’s had since birth, but only recently discovered.

His rep said, “Is he 100 percent? No, but he’s in good spirits, he’s having fun on the road, he loves his fans and has always said music heals him. He said that there are times when, of course, he worries but he has great people around him and he’s very cautious.”

The hole was discovered after Michaels suffered a stroke several months ago — which came on the heels of a brain hemorrhage. He’s since made a remarkable recovery and returned to touring.

His rep added, “Maybe sometimes he gets a little tired easier and on occasion he’ll get a headache, but that’s when he knows it’s time to rest. He’ll rest up, have surgery, take some time off, hopefully take a family vacation and get back on the road touring and promoting his upcoming book.”

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Poison with Dokken and Sebastian Bach

September 22nd, 2008





with special guests



Sebastian Bach

Bank of America Pavilion, August 7, 2008





Live Review and Pics By: Debby Rao



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POISON – Bobby Dall

June 8th, 2007

Bobby Dall


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POISON – Bret Michaels

June 8th, 2007

Bret Michaels

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August 27th, 2006

Poison & Cinderella (w/ Crash Kelly)
Aug 1st, Molson Amphitheatre  Toronto, ON

Live Review and Pics by Celtic Bob

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Bret Michaels – Freedom of Sound

September 20th, 2005

Bret Michaels – Freedom of Sound
Released: 2005, Poor Boy Records
Rating: 4/5

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