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Musikfest Review: Poison Still Has Its Chemistry

August 6, 2008

By Laurie A. Irion, The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa.

Aug. 6–Metal band Poison has been at it for 22 years and its concert Tuesday night at Musikfest showed their chemistry remains strong.

Lead singer and guitarist Bret Michaels, guitarist C.C. Deville and bassist Bobby Dall jammed shoulder to shoulder in the middle of the stage, with Rikki Rocket on drums in the center of it all.

The Mechanicsburg-bred band’s enthusiasm was amplified by its joy at performing in its home state.

Michaels joked that he always knows when he’s performing in Pennsylvania because there are big beer mugs waving in the crowd. Rocket wore a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball hat.

Poison played its great hits — early favorites such as “We Want Action Tonight,”"Unskinny Bop” and “Ride the Wind.” Later material included covers from their newest, “Poison’d” — “What I Like About You” and “Your Momma Don’t Dance.”

The hits were accentuated by amazing guitar solos by Deville, a harmonica solo by Michaels and a drum solo by Rocket, complete with stick twirls and tricks. Pyrotechnics made the concert arena-worthy.

The band finished its main set with “Talk Dirty to Me,” a song which has gained a new generation of fans thanks to Guitar Hero Legends of Rock. The encore, “Nothin’ but a Good Time,” was just that.

laurie.irion@mcall.com 610-820-6576

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