's Multi-Platinum Albums Look What The Cat Dragged In, Open Up And Say… Ahh!
And Flesh & Blood remastered with bonus tracks in expanded 20th Anniversary Editions, in stores August 1! And catch the band on their "20 Years Of Rock" tour tearing up the road through August.
As Poison raises the roofs of more than 50 concert venues across the U.S. this summer on the band's VH1 Classic and Live Nation-presented "20 Years Of Rock Tour," Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing is preparing for the August 1 reissue of Poison's first three multi-Platinum albums in expanded 20th Anniversary Edition CD packages. Digitally remastered with rare and previously unreleased bonus tracks, Poison's triple-Platinum 1986 album debut, Look What The Cat Dragged In, the septuple-Platinum Open Up And Say…Ahh! and the Platinum Flesh & Blood will be released in commemorative 20th anniversary CD packages, honoring the band's exciting and enduring career and their ever-growing tally of more than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around the world.
Poison's 20th anniversary catalog campaign began this spring with Capitol/EMI's April 4 release of a new hits collection, The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock
, which debuted at #17 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, marking the band's first return to the Top 20 since 1993. The CD packs 18 hits, including the band's explosive new version of Grand Funk Railroad
's "We're An American Band," produced by Don Was
, Bob Dylan
). The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock - Deluxe Tour Edition was released on May 16, on the eve of the band's national anniversary tour. The expanded CD/DVD package contains the 18-track CD and a companion DVD with the band's most rocking music videos and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of "We're An American Band."
Perhaps VH1's Behind The Music special on Poison, one of the network's highest-viewed specials, said it all, encompassing everything about this band: sex, drugs, fun, violence and rock 'n roll. Poison's Bret Michaels
(lead vocals, guitar), C.C. Deville (lead guitar, vocals), Bobby Dall (bass) and Rikki Rockett (drums), crashed hard onto the 1980s LA music scene. Voted Most Popular Band two years in a row by Music Connection magazine, Poison's unheard of mix of rock, Americana, pop and punk musical styles, their over-the-top stage show and blue-collar, hard-working mentality shot the band into Billboard's Top 5 with the 1986 independent release of Look What the Cat Dragged In. The album's singles, "Talk Dirty To Me," "I Want Action," and "I Won't Forget You," all launched into the Top 40. After years of hard work, touring and controversy, radio and MTV finally took notice of the band and their music, propelling Poison into superstardom. Look What the Cat Dragged In peaked at #3 on the Billboard album charts, charted three singles and sold more than four million copies.
The band's 1988 follow-up, Open Up and Say…Ahh! went Platinum two weeks after its release. The single "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" hit #1 on Billboard's Singles chart and the album sold more than seven million units. 1990's Flesh & Blood featured a second Gold single, "Unskinny Bop," and the album went multi-Platinum.
In 1991, amidst inner fighting, alcohol, drug abuse and road stories that would make a porn star blush, guitarist C.C. Deville and singer Bret Michaels collided in an all out fist-fight seconds after leaving the stage of the MTV Music Video Awards (right between Cindy Crawford
's high heels and Eddie Van Halen
's sneakers). C.C. Deville left the band.
Poison continued to tour arenas and amphitheatres and recorded the Platinum Native Tongue and Crack A Smile
. After five years of not speaking, Michaels and Deville met up in 1999 and, with their chemistry and friendship quickly rekindled, the band went into the studio to record Power To The People
. One of the most successful reunion tours of all time followed the album's release.
For up-to-date band and "20 Years Of Rock" tour information, please visit Poison's official Website: www.poisonweb.com
and Bret Michaels' official Website: www.bretmichaels.com.
All Deluxe Tour Edition CD/DVD packages for The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock include a code for Poison fans to logon to www.20yearsofrock.com
to buy one concert ticket and receive one free ticket for the "20 Years Of Rock Tour" as a thank you to fans. "Poison is bringing the kind of summer tour package that rock fans have been waiting for," said Live Nation Senior Vice President of Touring, Bruce Kapp. "We are so happy that both Poison and Cinderella
decided to spend their 20th birthdays on the road - it's a terrific tour at a great price." To coincide with the bands' 20th anniversaries, and keeping with Poison's tradition of staying loyal to their music and their fans, lawn tickets for each of the outdoor amphitheatre dates are priced at $20 or less.
Look What The Cat Dragged In kicked Poison's career into high gear with the classics "Talk Dirty To Me," "I Want Action," and "Cry Tough." The power-ballad "I Won't Forget You" was a precursor of things to come.
1) Cry Tough
2) I Want Action
3) I Won't Forget You
4) Play Dirty
5) Look What The Cat Dragged In
6) Talk Dirty To Me
7) Want Some, Need Some
8) Blame It On You
9) #1 Bad Boy
10) Let Me Go To The Show
11) I Want Action [7" single remix] *
12) I Won't Forget You [7" single remix] *
13) Don't Mess Around With Jim *
Open Up And Say…Ahh! quickly became the pinnacle of Poison's career. First released with what was deemed a questionably "obscene" album cover which was edited shortly after the album's release, "Open Up" defeated the sophomore jinx with its debut single "Nothin' But A Good Time," which quickly became a summer rock anthem. The Loggins & Messina
classic "Your Mama Don't Dance" and "Fallen Angel" became big hits, but it was the classic heartbreaker "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" that catapulted the band to rock superstardom.
1) Love On The Rocks
2) Nothin' But A Good Time
3) Back To The Rocking Horse
4) Good Love
5) Tearing Down The Walls
6) Look But You Can't Touch
7) Fallen Angel
8) Every Rose Has Its Thorn
9) Your Mama Don't Dance
10) Bad To Be Good
11) Living For The Minute *
12) Band Interview *
Flesh & Blood started off with "Strange Days Of Uncle Jack," strange indeed for the followup to the smash "Open Up And Say Ahh!" The first four tracks were not hits, but were solid rock songs. But it was the debut hit "Unskinny Bop" that kept the band in the limelight. Another power-ballad, "Something To Believe In" was once again a major hit and gained lots of airplay in MTV's rotations; and the underrated "Ride The Wind" became a minor hit as many saw that the band had reached it's peak already. Unfortunately, about a year after the album's release in 1990, it would be the advent of grunge that would end the reign of 80s glam rock bands.
1) Strange Days Of Uncle Jack
2) Valley Of Lost Souls
3) (Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice
4) Swampjuice (Soul-O)
5) Unskinny Bop
6) Let It Play
7) Life Goes On
8) Come Hell Or High Water
9) Ride The Wind
10) Don't Give Up An Inch
11) Something To Believe In
12) Ball And Chain
13) Life Loves A Tragedy
14) Poor Boy Blues
15) Something To Believe In [acoustic version] *
16) God Save The Queen [instrumental demo] * previously unreleased
* = bonus tracks
The 20th Anniversary editions of Poison's first three albums celebrate the high points of the band's career, all remastered and repackaged (with the original uncensored cover of "Open Up And Say... Ahh!") and based on sound quality alone are worth picking up for any fan or anyone interested in exploring the heyday of this great 80s "hair metal" band.
Check out Poison on their 20th anniversary tour this summer with special guests Cinderella!
20 Years Of Rock Tour Dates
(Presented by VH1 Classic and Live Nation)
Jul 25 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Jul 26 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
Jul 28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul 29 West Bend, WI Washington County Fair Park*
Jul 30 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheater
Aug 01 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre*
Aug 02 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug 04 Clearfield, PA Clearfield County Fair*
Aug 05 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
Aug 06 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 08 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theater
Aug 09 Hartford, CT Dodge Music Center
Aug 11 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Star Pavilion
Aug 12 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 13 Wildwood, NJ Wildwood Convention Center
Aug 15 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Aug 16 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 18 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug 19 St. Petersburg, FL Times Forum*
Aug 20 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Ampitheatre
Aug 22 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Aug 23 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues*
Aug 25 Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Aug 26 Memphis, TN Mud Island*
Aug 27 Little Rock, AR Riverfest Amphitheatre*
Aug 29 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair*
**All dates, cities and ticket prices subject to change.