Poison has been in the music scene for more than quarter of the century now and they are still as popular and as unique as when they started. Their music genre is glam metal and hard rock. So far, they have sold around 30 million records all around the world and 18.5 million alone in United States. Up to now they have released 17 albums overall. From all their album releases, 8 are studio albums, 4 are live and 5 are compilation albums. They have also issued 28 singles to radio. All through their existence, they have toured extensively in United States and other countries as well.
Poison came into existence in 1983. It was formed by Bret Michael (lead vocalist), Matt Smith (Guitarist), Bobby Dall (Bassist) and Rikki Rockett (Drummer). Bret Michaels and Rikki Rockett initially joined the band “Specters” in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. After that, they teamed up with the other two members to form the band Paris whose name was later changed to Poison. Matt Smith left the band in its early days and was replaced by C.C Deville. They signed a deal with Enigma Records and launched their first album “Look what the cat dragged in” in 1986. It proved to be the highest selling album in the history of Enigma. Due to their success they were included in various tours and performed their best.
The debut album sold around 4 million copies all around the world. In 1988, their second album “Open up and say….Ahh!” was released. It reached #2 on the American charts and sold around 8 million copies around the world. It included their most popular song to date - “Every Rose has its Thorns”. They launched their own tour for the first time which was quite successful. They released their third album “Flesh & Blood” in 1990 and it also reached #2 on the American charts. They toured extensively to promote the album. Their next album “Native Tongue” was an average success amidst the entire rift between the band members. After that the album “Greatest Hits” was released which reached platinum status and was a major success. After many years, the band members were finally able to put their differences aside and reunite again. They toured in 1999 and fans welcomed them back with open arms. In 2000, they released “Crack a smile….and more” which included some tracks from their previous albums. Their latest album “Poison’d” has received good reviews from the critics.
Poison has achieved many awards and critic’s appreciation throughout their career. So far, 25 singles of the band has charted on the Billboard’s Hot 100 in top 40. Among them there have been 10 singles which ranked in top 10 and their most popular “Every Rose has its thorns” which reached # 1 on the Billboard charts.
The concerts of Poison have always been successful and fully packed event. Apart from their various tours around the world, they have also performed in other events as well as festivals. In 2009, they performed on the 63rd Tony Awards. All the members of the band have their solo careers as well. Some of them have recently appeared in various reality shows.
Poison has always made it to the headlines because of their live shows. Be it for stage fights, crowd uproar or a dynamite performance by the four-piece itself, Poison is the maestro of live concerts. Their shows are witnessed by millions of fans, who can’t wait to catch the rock stars live. The band is currently on a tour and will soon be rocking the arenas in your city. Get your Poison Tickets now to enjoy and experience live music like never before.