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Poison Toronto Concert Review and Tickets

August 3, 2006

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TORONTO – Maybe 20 years in the music business has made hair-metal pioneers Poison experts at faking it.

Or maybe — and this seems the more likely scenario, based on last night’s spectacle at the Molson Amphitheatre — maybe they just really, really love to rock and effing ROLL, baby.

Because last night’s show, the umpteenth time Bret Michaels, C.C. DeVille, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett have touched down here in the Middling Smoke, was nothing if not sincere.

Big, loud, nostalgic and over-the-top, but sincere. The concert bowl and its 5,500 souls existed inside an irony-free bubble, where every

pyrotechnic blast and flickering laser and twirled drumstick and power ballad and guitar solo was pure, legit and unapologetically old school.

“You can never have enough cowbell!” crowed Michaels, relishing Poison’s cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s We’re An American Band as he laid into Blue Oyster Cultist Gene Frenkle’s signature instrument with gusto. And later: “I’ll tell you something, Toronto. I’ve been wanting to get back here since the KISS tour in 2004. It’s been way too long!”

The crowd? They agreed. Yeah, the band’s hair isn’t as teased (or plentiful) as it was in their ’80s heyday, and the make-up has been toned way down, and there wasn’t a stitch of spandex in sight. But despite smog and humidex warnings advising the elderly to stay indoors, Poison showed up prepared to rock.

Cheesy? Maybe, but not as much as you might expect. Fun? Oh, hell yeah. If you can’t have fun at a Poison show, you’re probably sans pulse. Sympathies to your family.

Opening with Look What The Cat Dragged In — with lasers! And fire! — the band spooled out every hit and demi-hit in their library, including I Want Action, Ride The Wind, I Won’t Forget You and the almost-worth-the-price of admission coupling of Every Rose Has Its Thorn and Unskinny Bop.

The crowd, surprisingly youngish but peppered

with bleached-blond veteran rockers whose tattoos

probably seemed like a good idea at the time, lapped up every note.

The big screen behind drummer Rockett alternated appropriately between old music video footage of the band in their lipstick-lathered heyday (no shunning origins here) and video montages of album cover art, Sunset Strip scenes and big-boobied women cupping their chests.

And while the boys have been around a long while (and guitarist DeVille might be best known to some young’uns as that guy from Season 6 of The Surreal World), they haven’t lost any of their musical chops.

At the start of the night, after California’s Endeverafter warmed up an already sweltering crowd, Poison’s fellow ’80s glam-rockers Cinderella got their licks in.

Though it was sweet to hear Nobody’s Fool again, frontman Tom Keifer’s voice has been rendered a little over-raspy by years of hard livin’ and hard rockin’, and a muddy sound mix didn’t help.

But like someone once said, every rose has its thorn. And for the most part, it was a night of sweet-scented, old school party rock. No faking.

Poison Tour Dates

Poison Tickets August 22 – Orlando FL – Hard Rock Live
Poison Tickets August 23 – Myrtle Beach SC – Hard Rock Live
Poison Tickets August 25 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Poison Tickets August 26 – Memphis TN – Mud Island Ampitheatre
Poison Tickets August 27 – Little Rock AR – Riverfest Amphitheatre
Poison Tickets August 29 – St. Paul MN – Minnesota State Fair

Steve Tilley/Toronto Sun

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Poison Tour Concert News and Tickets

July 15, 2006

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After this summer’s “20 Years of Rock Tour,” Poison will leave the road and get back into the studio.

Front man Bret Michaels recently talked about that plan as well as family life and the road.

AP: Can you believe it’s been 20 years since you first teased out your hair?

Michaels: It’s been a pretty shocking and awesome career. It started in Pennsylvania in small towns and small bars. It’s a pretty awesome feeling to be doing it 20 years later.

AP: Musically, Poison has had some outspoken critics.

Michaels: (Laughs) We’re not one of the most critically acclaimed bands! We’re not putting U2 or R.E.M. out of business. I enjoy what I do, and that’s important to me. We’ve had a long run with fans who saw past the bashing. I’m the first to say if we had a bad show or wrote a bad song. I also say go out there without fear. Our success and our failure is our own.

AP: Will you keep making music with Poison?

Michaels: I’m not going to say the words “farewell tour,” but after this it’ll be a two- to three-year hiatus. I firmly believe our band has to go into the studio as friends and write great new music again — regardless if it’s played or how it’s perceived.

AP: How have things changed for you personally since you started?

Michaels: I have two beautiful daughters. It changed my life for the better. They look up to me and respect me. I’m a good dad. I like being around them. … I show them how to play music. Life and music was always a way to express myself. That’s what I give to them.

AP: What’s essential to have on the tour bus with you?

Michaels: I take a trailer and my motorcycle and my mountain bike. I’m big into sports and anything I can do on the road I love. It helps with my diabetes. Insulin and syringes.

AP: What’s your biggest “diva” request backstage?

Michaels: My most demanding thing is to make sure there are beautiful women backstage for the hospitality room to have a good time. I’m pretty anti-diva. We’re pretty down-to-earth guys.

AP: What’s the most out-of-control rock-star thing you’ve ever done?

Michaels: Let’s go to early in the career. Walking up to Texas Stadium to play. It’s Aerosmith and Poison. (Kiss’) Paul Stanley is going to come up on stage. Walking up to the stage with Steven Tyler on one side and Paul on the other, that was really cool. Afterwards being with one of the hottest Texas strippers ever and getting so drunk … As we left town that night, after playing for 83,000 people, not an hour outside of town we stopped at a truck stop in Carl’s Corner, Texas, and there wasn’t a truck driver or anyone in there who even remotely knew who we were. It evened it out. It let you know you’re living a bit of a fantasy and to get grounded now. It was my best lesson ever.

Poison Tour Dates

Poison Tickets August 22 – Orlando FL – Hard Rock Live
Poison Tickets August 23 – Myrtle Beach SC – Hard Rock Live
Poison Tickets August 25 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Poison Tickets August 26 – Memphis TN – Mud Island Ampitheatre
Poison Tickets August 27 – Little Rock AR – Riverfest Amphitheatre
Poison Tickets August 29 – St. Paul MN – Minnesota State Fair

Ari Bendersky/The Associated Press

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Twenty Years Of Rock

April 8, 2006

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Poison and Cinderalla have a 10-week birthday party planned together this summer, taking place at amphitheatres and fairs across North America.

The two bands, both of which have been together for 20 years, will launch the 52-date tour June 13 in Mankato, Minn. The packed itinerary includes one Canadian date, in Toronto, and stretches through August 25, when they’ll wrap things up at Atlanta’s HiFi Buys Amphitheatre.

Poison just released a new collection, The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock, to be followed by a deluxe CD/DVD tour edition in May.

Cinderella also has a best-of compilation coming out soon, with the 2CD Cinderella: Gold set to hit stores April 25.

Poison Tour Dates

Poison Tickets August 22 – Orlando FL – Hard Rock Live
Poison Tickets August 23 – Myrtle Beach SC – Hard Rock Live
Poison Tickets August 25 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Poison Tickets August 26 – Memphis TN – Mud Island Ampitheatre
Poison Tickets August 27 – Little Rock AR – Riverfest Amphitheatre
Poison Tickets August 29 – St. Paul MN – Minnesota State Fair

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