Poison: Nothin’ But A Good Time



For many rock critics Poison was always a band that looked cooler than they actually were

In their heyday they were overt in almost every sense, which included their lyrics, sound, stage sets, and album covers.

While not out to promote a new album in 2018 the original lineup, featuring a very underrated C.C. DeVille on lead guitar, payed a visit to Blossom Music Center on Tuesday, June 12th.

An energetic Bret Michaels took the stage dressed in just jeans and T-shirt, bouncing from one side to the other, in front of a big screen that played some of the bands early music videos.


From the very first song, ‘Look What The Cat Dragged In’, they proved to yet another crowd that the critics are just plain wrong.


Four songs into the set the band found a groove with an extended acoustic version of ‘Something To Believe In’, followed by the usual guitar and drum breakdown.


‘Thanks for coming out tonight Cleveland and making this like a Saturday night!’ Michaels told the crowd.


They picked things up again with ‘Fallen Angel’, ‘Ride The Wind’, and the crowd favorite

‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’.


Poison finished the night strong with the rock anthem ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time’ and performed their own rendition of Kiss’ ‘Rock And Roll All Night’, eventually being joined by the lead singer of opening act PopEvil.

The overall concert experience was a good one considering that second-on-the-bill Cheap Trick was largely underwhelming and most of the evening saw spots of rain.

For a band whose lyrics, sound, stage sets, and album covers disappeared a decade after their arrival Poison have maintained a powerful presence in rock music and it’s easy to see why. They’re nostalgic, energetic, and they just plain rock.


Especially live.


The 2018 concert was ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time’.

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