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Formed: 1983
From: Mechanicsburg, PA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Poison news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Poison to Release New Album

Poison is back with a brand new album of their favorite rock covers entitled, "POISON’D!", featuring all the original members, Brett Michaels, Bobby Dall, C.C. Deville, and Rikki Rocket. "POISON'D!" presents the band’s first new studio recordings since 2002’s "Hollyweird".

Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, "POISON’D!" includes 13 tracks, including new recordings of David Bowie’s “Suffragette City,” The Cars’ “You’re Just What I Needed,” The Romantics’ “What I Like About You,” Sweet’s “Little Willy,” The Marshall Tucker Band’s “Can’t You See” and The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers.”

Some of Poison’s previously recorded covers are also featured on "POISON’D!", including Kiss’ “Rock and Roll All Nite,” Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” and Loggins & Messina’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance.”

“Poison is one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands in the world and, after 20 years, they can slam better than ever", says POISON’D! producer Don Was. “They’re powerful musicians and very cool guys. We had a lot of fun making this album and I think you can hear it in the grooves - it’s got the jive and is truly alive! I urge everyone to listen to it!”

In support of the album Poison will be touring through out the U.S. with Ratt and White Lion as previously reported.

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Ratt Announce Tour Dates

The reunited RATT — featuring vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer — has lined up the following dates:

Jun. 09 - [to be announced] - Rio Puerco, New Mexico
Jun. 13 - Bi Lo Center - Greenville, SC *
Jun. 15 - [to be announced] - Orange Beach, AB
Jun. 16 - City Stages - Birmingham, AB *
Jun. 26 - [to be announced] - Gilford, NH
Jun. 29 - [to be announced] - Big Flats, NY
Jul. 13 - Rocklahoma - Pryor, OK *
Jul. 14 - [to be announced] - Oklahoma City, OK
Aug. 05 - Buffalo Chip - Sturgis, SD *
Aug. 12 - [to be announced] - Universal City, CA
Aug. 19 - Coors Amphitheatre - Denver, CO *

* With POISON, WHITE LION More...

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Bret Michaels Talks About 20 Years of Poison

Bret Michaels of Poison was on with 979X in Scranton, Pennsylvania on Wednesday (October 25). He talked about the band's 20 year anniversary, the band's mechanical skills, C.C. DeVille ready to be a daddy soon, his solo work, how he still gets excited about going on stage, what he's got going on for Halloween, participating in the rock n' roll fantasy camp in LA, and his fan club. You can download and listen to the interview here.

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Poison Comments On Near-Brawl In Atlanta

POISON has posted the following message on its MySpace blog regarding the onstage altercation that took place between vocalist Bret Michaels and bassist Bobby Dall on August 25 in Atlanta, Georgia:

"Atlanta's still burning...it was striking hot on stage the other night when POISON's show ended in a volatile fight...on stage.

"Bassist Bobby Dall and singer Bret Michaels went at each other last Friday night (August 25) right before the encore, with Bret throwing his mic at Bobby, and Bobby retaliating by slamming his bass into Bret, injuring Bret's knee. More...

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Video Footage Posted Online of Poison's Near Brawl

As previously reported, the Metal Sludge gossip boards lit up following POISON's August 25th show in Atlanta, GA, with several reports of frontman Bret Michaels and bassist Bobby Dall having to be separated following an on-stage altercation that saw Dall throw his bass at Michaels. Video footage of the incident has surface on YouTube and although it is poor quality you can distinctly see Dall throw his bass in Michaels' direction. More...

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Poison Get Into Fight At End Of Show

The Metal Sludge web site has been updated with several fan accounts in regards to POISON's performance last night (Friday, August 25) at The HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta, Georgia:

Account#1: "Don't know what started it, but right before the encore Bret [Michaels, vocals] and Bobby [Dall, bass] appeared to be in a heated discussion and next thing ya know Bobby slings his bass at Bret. Rikki [Rockett, drums] and the roadies had to come in and separate them. Bret then went on to apologize and say how we may have just witnessed the last POISON concert ever. Bobby later came out and finished the song... guess to give the fans what they paid for. Wish I knew what was said."

Account#2: "Here is the way I saw it from fifth-row center seats.

"The next-to-last song has always been 'Nothing But a Good Time', at least for the last six years that I have seen them. Then they seem to always close with 'Talk Dirty To Me'.

"Well, 'Nothing But a Good Time' was played, the confetti dropped as it has every year, the band comes out and waves and it goes dark. A couple of miniutes pass by and Bobby Dall (the bassist) comes running on stage pics up the mic and starts screaming, 'Do you want some more? I can't hear you!' I mean, screaming the shit. I was weird and unusual....just the whole atmosphere of it seemed strange, the way he was acting. Then the rest of the band comes walking out looking puzzled and Bret tried to get the microphone from Bobby. He shoved Bret and looked seriously pissed off. I mean, he looked like he was ready to throw down. Bret took the boxers stance (you know dukes up and bouncing) and I was just kinda trying to play it off with a smile but Bobby wasn't smiling at all. Then four or five roadies come on stage and pull them off the stage.

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The Beatles Go Metal?

On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".

When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."

"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...

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Poison Perform In West Bend, WI; Video Available

Poison were videotaped performing 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' and 'Ride The Wind' at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wisconsin on Friday (July 28). You can watch the clips at YouTube ('Every Rose' / 'Ride The Wind'). More...

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Poison, Kiss, GNR Have Recorded Wussiest Songs

POISON, KISS, GUNS N' ROSES and MR. BIG have penned some of the "wussiest songs" of all time, according to AOL Music. Although much of AOL's list of "The 111 Wussiest Songs of All Time" consists of pop-artist selections, several rock acts made the cut, including the following:

99. "Don't Cry" - GUNS N' ROSES (1991)
76. "To Be With You" - MR. BIG (1991)
36. "Beth" - KISS (1976)
27. "More Than Words" - EXTREME (1991)
05. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" - POISON (1988)

To view the entire list, and to read explanations for why each song was selected, visit Music.AOL.com.

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Queensryche, Poison, Lacuna Coil Chart In Top 30

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Operation: Mindcrime II" has sold 44,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at No. 14 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. This is more than half of the total sales tally registered by the band's last studio album, 2003's "Tribe", which sold 20,000 copies in the first week and has shifted less than 75,000 units so far, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, the band's 1999 effort, "Q2K", opened with sales of 28,000 and has sold 150,000 copies to date.

QUEENSRŸCHE's top-selling album by far is 1990's "Empire", which was certified triple-platinum in October 1994 for sales in excess of three million copies in the United States. The original "Operation: Mindcrime" release (1988) attained platinum status in August 1991, while 1994's "Promised Land" reached the same plateau in December 1994.

In other chart news, LACUNA COIL's "Karmacode" shifted just under 34,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at No. 28 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. The band's 2002 album "Comalies" has sold more than 230,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A representative for the group's record label, Century Media, recently told Billboard magazine that the album has sold 500,000 units worldwide.

LACUNA COIL will be on the cover of at least a half-dozen metal magazines this spring. In addition, an April appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and a segment of "The Mix" on ABC News are slated, according to Billboard.

Another notable debut on this week's chart is POISON's 18-track collection, "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock", which commemorates POISON's 20th anniversary and the band's career tally of more than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around the world. The album, which packs the group's biggest hits and fan favorites, opens with nearly 40,000 copies to debut at No. 17 on next week's chart.

POISON's "Greatest Hits 1986-1996" collection, which was originally released in November 1996, was officially certified double-platinum in November 2005 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of two million copies in the United States.

The following are notable heavy metal/hard rock U.S. sales debuts for the week ending April 9, 2006, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan (all figures are rounded to the nearest thousand, except numbers under 2,000, which are rounded to the nearest hundred; The Billboard 200 chart position included, where applicable):

QUEENSRŸCHE – "Operation: Mindcrime II": 44,000 (#14)
POISON – "The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock": 40,000 (#17)
LACUNA COIL – "Karmacode": 34,000 (#28)
DEAD TO FALL - "The Phoenix Throne": 4,000
PANTERA – "3 Vulgar Videos From Hell" DVD: 1,700
BLACKMORE'S NIGHT – "The Village Lanterne": 1,500
CALIBAN – "Undying Darkness": 1,700
EVERGREY - "Monday Morning Apocalypse": 1,400
KATATONIA - "The Great Cold Distance": 1,100
VENOM – Metal Black": 1,100
ONE MAN ARMY AND THE UNDEAD QUARTET – "21st Century Killing Machine": 100
TERROR 2000 - "Terror For Sale": 100

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Poison Frontman Fears Hitman

The following item was published in the April 2 edition of the New York Post's "Page Six" column:

"Is someone out to get POISON frontman Bret Michaels? On Thursday morning (March 30), the randy rocker was arriving at the Adam Corolla radio show in L.A. for a guest appearance when, as he was pulling into the parking lot on Wilshire and Fairfax, 'his Mercedes was hit with a bullet,' our source said. The window was shattered but Michaels was fine. Just five months ago, the back window of his tour bus was shot out in Springfield, Mass., while he was en route to a show. A rep for Michaels said, 'We're taking this seriously. We'd like to think it was random, but this is the second time this has happened in six months — both times at publicized events.'"

As previously reported, Michaels escaped serious injury after shots were fired at his tour bus on Nov. 21, 2005 in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The singer was in town to perform a rare, invitation-only acoustic show, when, prior to the show, shots were fired from a white Ford F-150 while Michaels was still on the tour bus, according to witnesses. Michaels was struck in the face by flying broken glass, but escaped serious injury. More information on that incident is available here.

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Poison Plan 20th Anniversary CD and 2006 Tour

Poison, one of hard rock's most iconic, enduring and controversial bands, celebrates 20 years in 2006. To commemorate this anniversary milestone and the band's career tally of more than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around the world, Poison and Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing have partnered to release The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock on April 4. The new 18-track collection packs Poison's biggest hits and fan favorites and will also debut the group's explosive new version of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band," produced by Don Was (The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan). In May, Poison will hit the road for a major 20th anniversary summer tour sponsored by Live Nation! and presented by VH1 Classic.

With the band's most recent studio album, Hollyweird, along with Poison Greatest Hits, which just reached double Platinum, and their Gold-certified Greatest Video Hits DVD, Poison continues on with a do-it-yourself attitude, also touring to sold-out venues around the world. Following a 2003 VH1-sponsored tour, Poison co-headlined a national tour with KISS in 2004.

Poison's 20th anniversary world tour will take the band to major concert venues around the globe this summer. Tour dates and line-up details will be announced and posted to the band's official website as they develop.

This May, Poison is one of the featured bands in VH1's new documentary series, "Heavy: The Story of Metal." What Ken Burns did for jazz, VH1 does for heavy metal - only a lot louder. Premiering May 1-4 (9pm ET/PT), the four-part series traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture, exploring four decades of music.

The Best of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock tracklisting is as follows:

1) Cry Tough
2) Talk Dirty To Me - No 9 Pop
3) I Want Action - No 50 Pop
4) I Won't Forget You - No 13 Pop
5) Look What The Cat Dragged In
6) Nothin' But A Good Time - No 6 Pop, No 19 Rock
7) Fallen Angel - No 12 Pop, No 32 Rock
8) Every Rose Has Its Thorn - No 1 Pop, No 11 Rock
9) Your Mama Don't Dance - No 10 Pop, No 39 Rock
10) Rock And Roll All Nite
11) Unskinny Bop - No 3 Pop, No 5 Rock
12) Something To Believe In - No 4 Pop, No 5 Rock
13) Ride The Wind - No 38 Pop, No 28 Rock
14) Life Goes On - No 35 Pop
15) Stand - No 50 Pop, No 15 Rock
16) The Last Song
17) Shooting Star
18) We're An American Band [new recording]

Read the full article at Top40-Charts.com.

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VH1's 'Heavy: The Story Of Metal' Details

"Heavy: The Story of Metal," premiering Monday - Thursday, May 1-4 at 9PM ET/PT each night traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture, from its dark, grim beginnings in Birmingham, England to the worldwide force that it remains to this day. In a series of four themed hours, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," explores four decades of music, each hour examining this powerful and often misunderstood genre, from metal's pioneers to its love of glam and excess; from the fight for metal's rebellious soul to its storied flirtation with the devil:

Episode One traces metal's roots in the late-60's in the bombed-out industrial town of Birmingham England to the spectacular rise of Kiss and "glam metal" in the early 70's.

Episode Two examines metal's growing pains during the 70's when both high-brow rock critics and punk rock threatened its very existence. By decade's end, bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Def Leppard gave birth to what became known as "The New Wave of British Heavy Metal." Episode Three sees metal thrive in, of all places, sunny California. Van Halen, Poison, Motley Crue -- it's the world of hair metal. And, keeping everyone's Jacuzzi-soaked ego in check, a little film called Spinal Tap emerges.

Episode Four takes a walk on the dark side: Guns N' Roses, Metallica, thrash, grunge, and how the music and images of Marilyn Manson became associated with the Columbine massacre.

Told from the perspective of the musicians, promoters, writers and fans who have kept metal's flame alive for four decades, "Heavy: The Story of Metal," contains revealing, hilarious and sometimes shocking conversations. Interviews include Sebastian Bach, Jerry Cantrell, Phil Collen, Bruce Dickinson, Fred Durst, Ace Frehley, Rob Halford, Scott Ian, Tony Iommi, Chris Jericho, Lemmy Kilmister, Chuck Klosterman, Jani Lane, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Bret Michaels, Dave Mustaine, Vinnie Paul, Mark Putnam, Riki Rachtman, Dave "Snake" Sabo, Nikki Sixx, Slash, Dee Snider, Geoff Tate, Eddie Trunk, Rob Zombie and more.

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Poison Guitarist Arrested Again

Poison guitarist CC DeVille has been arrested for allegedly driving 'under the influence' in Van Nuys, California. He's been released on bail. It's the second time within a matter of days that DeVille has been in trouble with the police, following the guitarist's arrest for allegedly beating up his girlfriend. He's on bail for this charge as well.

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Children Of Bodom Cover Poison?

According to Germany's Rock Hard magazine, Children of Bodom laid down a cover version of the Poison hit single "Talk Dirty to Me" during the recording sessions for their new album, "Are You Dead Yet?". The song is expected to surface on the Japanese version of the new CD, which will also contain a special bonus DVD featuring exclusive footage from the making of the album, live videos and rare recordings. The other audio bonus track on the CD is said to be a cover of the Britney Spears hit "Oops I Did It Again" (which also appears on Children of Bodom's "In Your Face" single).

"Are You Dead Yet?" is scheduled for release on September 14 in Finland and September 19 in the rest of the world.

Children of Bodom mastered "Are You Dead Yet?" on June 6 at Finnvox studios in Helsinki following a six-week recording/mixing session with producer Mikko Karmila.

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Guitar World's 'Worst Riffs, Solos of All Time'

The Associated Press is reporting that Guitar World magazine has selected the "100 Worst Riffs, Licks & Solos of All Time," identifying ones that are "lazy," "boring," "just plain stoopid," or "involve C.C. DeVille."

The list includes songs by David Bowie, Def Leppard, Metallica, Green Day, B.B. King, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Aerosmith and The Strokes, among others. Many are guitar legends who simply had a bad night or bum note.

Guitar World describes the No. 1 selection, Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille's nine-minute solo — entitled, appropriately enough, "Guitar Solo" (off Poison's "Swallow This Live") — "completely devoid of taste, structure or steady tempo" and recommends every budding guitarist listen to it because "surely, they can't do any worse."

DeVille was also cited for his "Cherry Pie" solo when he made a guest appearance with Warrant and Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn".

The magazine recommends DeVille "take solace in the fact that he's in some rather good company."

Top 10 "Worst Riffs, Licks & Solos of All Time" as selected by Guitar World magazine:

01. POISON – "Guitar Solo"
02. BLUE CHEER - "Summertime Blues"
03. CARLOS SANTANA - "The Game of Love"
04. CREAM - Falstaff beer 1967 radio spot
05. THE BEATLES - "All You Need is Love"
06. BLACK FLAG – "Thirsty and Miserable"
07. TED NUGENT - "Wango Tango"
08. ROLLING STONES - "Ain't Too Proud to Beg"
09. MANOWAR - "Sting of the Bumblebee"
10. LENNY KRAVITZ - "American Woman"

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Poison Concert-Goers Allege Police Abuse

Torsten Ove of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that a Crafton couple filed a lawsuit Wednesday (March 24) saying they were roughed up by security guards and local police while attending a POISON concert at the Post-Gazette Pavilion in Washington County.

The Lopezes attended the POISON show on June 10, 2003 with Kathryn Lopez's brother. According to their complaint, an unnamed security guard demanded to see their tickets while they were in their seats. They had six, which Kathryn handed over.

She said the guard took the three extras and wouldn't give them back.

"He said we were 'ticket passing,' whatever that is, and kept walking away from us," she told the Post-Gazette last year.

The Lopezes said they asked for a supervisor to get their tickets back, and a second guard arrived. That guard said the first guard didn't have the tickets, then claimed to have found them on the floor, said "Look what we have here" and ripped them up.

When Marco Lopez said he was going to the box office to complain, he said a guard shoved Kathryn aside and put him in a choke hold. Other guards then hauled him off to the pavilion's security tent.

Meanwhile, Kathryn Lopez sought out Hanover Cpl. John Yost for help. When the guard who attacked her husband began shouting obscenities at her, Yost told her to "shut up," according to the complaint.

Read the full article at Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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