The glam metal (or hair metal, as it has become affectionately known) revolution of the 80's has created many iconic rock bands, but none so famous as Poison. Their tour dates exposed sold-out crowds to a unique blending of rock and metal. In addition to head banging rock songs, Poison was also the master of the 80s rock ballad, with their hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" becoming a prime example of how it's done. Despite personal problems and conflicts within the band, the entity known as Poison has survived nearly thirty years, proving that their music and their musical drive can stand the test of time. Poison is celebrating its 25th Anniversary by joining Mötley Crüe on a number of US concert dates for 2011, introducing glam metal to a new generation and re-introducing older fans.
Poison signed to famous 80's label Enigma Records in 1986 and soon released their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In. The record was a huge hit for a debut album and was highly publicized on MTV, which made Poison a brand name among glam rock acts. Their followup album, Open Up and Say…Ahh!, was released in 1988 and featured some of the band's biggest hits, including "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" and "Nothin' but a Good Time." The success of the album propelled Poison from opening act on tour dates to headliner, with even bigger things to come. 1990's Flesh & Blood marked image changes for Poison; as the band moved from the 80s into the 90s, they dropped their outlandish glam style and focused on the strength of the music itself. The transition was well received by fans and critics, as it eventually went multi-platinum and produced a number of international tour dates.
Unfortunately for the band, another poison was creeping in as C.C. Deville's alcohol and cocaine abuse began to affect performances. Deville was fired and replaced by a string of guitarists, the first of which was Richie Kotzen. After attending rehab and embarking on several solo products, C.C. Deville made amends with the members of Poison and returned to the band shortly after the release of their greatest hits album. Following the promotional tour dates for the album, bootleg versions of the unfinished Crack a Smile became released on the internet. Instead of recording a new album with Deville, Poison decided to officially release the album with new tracks in 2000. The album was a huge success, with some fans calling it "The Lost Album" because of its similarities to Poison's earlier albums.
Poison spent the next several years venturing on a number of tour dates, and in 2007 released a covers album titled Poison'd. In honor of Poison's 25th Anniversary this year, they are releasing the ultimate greatest hits compilation featuring two cd's that span 25 years and contain 35 hit songs. Poison will be celebrating their anniversary on 2011 concert dates with a few other bands celebrating milestones, including Mötley Crüe (celebrating 30 years) and the New York Dolls (celebrating 40 years). Tour dates for Poison begin on May 25, and the band will join up with Mötley Crüe and New York Dolls on June 7. The glam rock trio will cover a good portion of the US before the last tour date on August 7. Summer concert dates for 2011 mark the first time Poison and Mötley Crüe have toured together, and it might be the only time, so fans should snatch up tickets on Eventful soon.
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