By Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
Poison has long been considered the greatest glam or hair band of the ‘80s, but the group is more than that. It is a great rock ‘n roll band.
Poison released its newest CD “Poison’d!” this week. The disc is full of great classic hits recorded in true Poison fashion, including songs originally recorded by David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, The Cars, Sweet, KISS, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and more.
The band will embark on a 50 city tour of the United States this summer in support of the its first album of new material since 2002. Ratt, featuring original members Stephen Pearcy, Warren Demartini and Bobby Blotzer, will join Poison on tour for the first time since 1999.
The opening act was originally slated to include White Lion, which has since been replaced with Vains of Jenna because of legal issues.
Poison vocalist Bret Michaels has been a busy man. He has just finished filming his new reality show, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” for VH-1 and took a break from recording commentary for the show to talk about the new album and upcoming tour.
“First off, I want to say I really wanted to go in and record an album of new, original material,” Michaels said during a telephone interview. “The band and I talked about this, but Bobby (Dall) looked at me and said he knew I was doing my new show for VH-1, and some solo stuff and that we wouldn’t have enough time. He said let’s redo some of the stuff we played as a cover band when we first started out. We wanted to just go in the studio and have fun and we did.”
The album includes both new and previously recorded tracks by Poison. Previously released songs include “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss, from the “Less than Zero” soundtrack; “Squeeze Box” by The Who, from the Poison album, “Hollyweird;” and “Your Mama Don’t Dance” from Poison’s sophomore release, “Open Up and Say...Ahh!”
By Tommy Mann Jr.
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