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Rock 'n' Roll Not Fatal To Poison

Of the Oakland Press

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Poison is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and the hard rock quartet wants its fans to have “Nothin’ But a Good Time.”

“I thought our 20th was pretty significant to us,” says frontman Bret Michaels, noting the group’s 10th anniversary was “kind of bittersweet” because of a schism with guitarist C.C. DeVille. Now, with DeVille back for several years, Michaels says the group can think about “nothing but music and songs.”

“I’m still passionate about this. I still love what I do,” says Michaels (ne Sychak), 42, who also has started a parallel solo career.“It’s a nice feeling when you go on that stage and can look around and go,‘Guys, we have survived not only our own demons but also the critical beatings, accidents, record companies, all that stuff.’

“To be here 20 years later and have people still buying tickets to see us, that’s great.”

As befits the occasion, Poison is spending the year touring and mining its vaults for a new hits collection, “The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock,” which was released in April, and expanded editions of its fi rst three major label albums, which come out on Tuesday. The former also contains a newly recorded cover of

Grand Funk Railroad’s

“We’re an American Band.”

“We only had a coupleday period to write a brand new song,” Michaels says. “When we realized that wasn’t going to happen, we thought, ‘What song would sum up 20 years?’ We used to cover ‘... American Band’ along with ‘Smokin’ in the Boys Room,’ and we decided to bring back ‘We’re An American Band.’ It’s a fun song to play live, and it really summed up our career to a T.”

Poison, Cinderella and Endeverafter perform at 7 p.m. Friday (July 28th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $42.50 pavilion, $26 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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