Poison Biography

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PoisonPoison is an American glam metal band that hailed from Pennsylvania. The band had its origins pegged sometime in 1984 when vocalist Bret Michaels, guitarist Matt Smith, bassist Bobby Dall, and drummer Rikki Rockett were in a band named Paris.

The group went to Los Angeles in 1985 and began playing at the local club circuit there. They later on changed their name to Poison.

Smith shortly after left the band to attend to personal issues and was replaced by C.C. DeVille on guitar duties for the band. In the meantime, the band became popular at the local clubs on the Sunset Strip.

The band signed with independent label Enigma Records in 1986 and went on to release their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, in August of the same year. The album went on to sell two million copies.

The band’s next album, Open Up and Say..Ahh!, which saw its release on May of 1988 reaffirmed the band’s growing popularity as it went on to sell eight million copies worldwide. It became Poison’s most successful album to date. By this time the band has been seen as a major live act and became one of the best selling hard rock bands in 1989.

The band’s third album that was released on June of 1990 was also highly successful. Flesh and Blood went multi-platinum and spawned three gold singles with "Unskinny Bop," "Ride the Wind," and "Something to Believe In". The album went on to reach number two on the US Charts and encouraged the band to go on a world tour later on.

During this time, the band’s guitarist DeVille had begun to get worse with his cocaine and alcohol addiction that led to his firing in 1991. He was replaced by Richie Kotzen.

The band then went on to release their fifth album, Native Tongue in 1993. Sales for the album did not reach the kind of numbers that their previous albums did, but ultimately reached one million copies worldwide. Kotzen was also fired a short while after due to tensions that mounted between him and the rest of the band.

1994 saw the band releasing a greatest hits album in November of 1996 that went platinum despite the lack of promotional support for the album. 1998 saw the original line up of the band reuniting with DeVille returning and patched up differences with the band. They went on tour in 1999 that became a great success.

The next decade prove to be good for Poison as they were able to release three more albums that were well received. The ensuing tours also proved to be popular and were capped by opening for another glam band KISS in 2004.

The band went on a hiatus on 2005 and returned in 2006 to celebrate their 20 years as a rock band by going on tour. It became one of the most successful tours in 2006 in the US as it averaged 20,000 people per live performance.

An anniversary album soon followed showcasing the best hits of the band in their 20 years. The album debuted on number 17 on the Billboard Charts, giving the band its return on the Top 20 charts in 18 years.

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