Poisonis an American band which played glam metal style music and gained success in the late 1980's and early 1990's. The band has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. Bret Michaels and Rikki Rockett had a band called Spectres, in 1982 when they were still in high school. Poison started out with about 10 members and anyone was invited to join if they played an instrument. If a member failed to show for practice, they were out of the band. Eventually they had four or five members who were steady members. The Poison band was first started in 1983 and they called themselves, Paris at that time. Bret Michaels was lead vocalist, Matt Smith, guitar player, Bobby Dall, Bass player, and Rikki Rockett, was the drummer. The band moved to Los Angeles in March, 1984 and began to play in the clubs. After an a mad group of parents protested that rock music was poisoning the minds of their children, the band changed their name to poison. The band had theatrical live shows and a glam image and this gained them notoriety on Sunset Strip. The filled the stage with old Harley Davidsons and car parts because they didnít have the money to buy effects for their act. Bret, Bobby, Rikki, and DeVille, all signed with the Enigma Records label, in 1986, for about $30,000. Their debut album was released in 1986 and was called, Look What the Cat Dragged In. From the album came the singles, Cry Tough, Talk Dirty To Me, I Want Action, and I Wonít Forget You. They sold over 2 million copies of the album. In 1987, the band recorded a cover of the song, Rock and Roll All Nite, for the soundtrack to the movie, Less Than Zero.
Poison released their second album called, Open Up and Say ...Ahh!. The album sold over 8 million copies worldwide. From the album came the groupís biggest hit single called, Every Rose Has Itís Thorn. Other hits from the album were, Your Mama Donít Dance, Nothiní But A Good Time, and Fallen Angel. By the end of 1989, Poison had become the fourth best selling hard rock band in the 1980's.
Although the band was successful, Deville had a bad cocaine and alcohol addiction and it was causing problems with the band. Deville was fired from the band and was replaced by Richie Kotzen. The band took a year off and returned to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a tour in 2006. They toured with Cinderella and Endeverafter doing the opening act. They continue to tour and are working on a new album. They have released a total of 12 albums, 8 music videos, and 22 singles to date.
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