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I’ve seen Poison 3 times? What the hell is wrong with me?!

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As I’ve been digging through all of my old ticket stubs recently I noticed one thing that has not left me at ease.  Yes.  I’ve been to 3 Poison shows.  I mean, what the hell?  I detest that band.  I find their style of music to be of the utmost poseur category.  I have a lot of friends who like them and that’s fine, but I don’t.  Looking up who they were on tour with, it all starts to make a little sense.

The first time was in 2002 and they had Cinderella, Winger and Faster Pussycat as openers.  Prior to this I had only seen Winger once in the late 80s and they were great live.  I hated Cinderella back when they came out but over the years grew to appreciate them a little more.  Faster Pussycat always sat well with me, even though they did some silly stuff too.  But Poison?  Blech!  I will admit that they are entertaining live to a degree, I only wish I could have just turned their sound off completely.  Their music and Brett Michael’s voice annoys me to no end.  The other three bands put on a great show.  It was worth the $10.

Poison Hollyweird World Tour 2002

Next up was 2003.  Wait…what?  I saw them 2 years in a row even?  Shoot me now!  At least I got free tix to this one.  Vince Neil and the Bach-less Skid Row opened up.  Awful.  When I saw Skid Row in 1991, they were great but then again they had a great frontman at the time.

Poson Harder, Louder, Faster Tour 2003

Finally I saw them again in 2006.  What is my f’ing problem?  Ah, Cinderella opened up.  Since seeing them a few years prior, I knew they were likely to put on another great show…and they did even though Kiefer’s voice was having troubles.  Poison?  Blah…again.  My ticket says $10, but I think I got these for free.

Poison 20th Anniversary Tour 2006

If any of you ever see or hear me inclined to go see Poison again, please berate me and talk me out of it.  I promise it wouldn’t take much to do.  :)

Written by The Metal Files

June 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

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  1. Do you at least dig the guitar playing of C.C. DeVille? C.C. does have his Motörhead ties, playing guitar on “Kiss Of Death” for the song “God Was Never On Your Side”. So with some Motörhead ties, C.C. just has to be cool with you… no? Maybe a little? C.C. DeVille is Motörhead “familia”! LOL.

    I’ve seen Poison twice in my life. I, um, dig them. They are just a good old fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll band to me now. I’ve thrown that Hair Metal tag out the window. Hey… um, you never mentioned “forks” or “sticking them into your eyeballs” in your post above… so, um, does that mean you are leaving the door open just a “notch” for Poison? LOL… your alright Sean… the way I see it, there is no middle ground with being a Poison fan, you either love ’em or hate ’em.


    June 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

    • Actually, CC did a song from his solo work each time we saw them and it was the highlight of the show. Rikki is a really good drummer as well. As a group I despise them and, well, yes, forks through the eyes would be a good thing. haha

      The Metal Files

      June 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

      • I knew those forks had to come out… LOL. If I have one complaint about Poison… it’s there lack of “new” material over the last several years. Too many “greatest hits” or compilations as their also called. I don’t know how much longer Poison can recycle these same songs on CD…

        Heck, even Tom Jones, um, “Sir” Tom Jones has released “new” material (and not cover songs) over the last few years. Yes, I will tip my Metal hat to Sir Tom Jones. Metal be thy name.


        June 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

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