Poison is a U.S. based Party Glam-Rock, Hard-Rock band that achieved a huge success back in the mid-1980s to mid-1990s. To date, Poison have sold over 30 million records worldwide and have sold 15 million records in the United States alone. The band has also charted ten singles to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one single, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" !
Poison was formed in 1983, and consisted of lead vocalist Bret Michaels, guitarist Matt Smith, bassist Bobby Dall, and drummer Rikki Rockett. Bret Michaels and Rikki Rockett first joined forces to form a band called the Spectres in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania and then teamed up with Matt Smith and Bobby Dall to form Paris. After playing mostly rock cover songs in Mechanicsburg-area bars they moved to Los Angeles on 6 March 1984 and changed the name of the band from Paris to Poison.
Poison promoted themselves up and down Hollywood's Sunset Strip, passing out flyers and making the rounds performing in the famous local clubs. At this time originally guitarist, Matt Smith, who was about to become a father and was concerned about the band's future, left the band to return home.
The band auditioned for a replacement guitarist, eventually narrowing down the field to three candidates: Slash, who would later join Guns N' Roses, Steve Silva from The Joe Perry Project, and New York-born guitarist C.C. DeVille, although Michaels and Dall did not intially get along with Deville, the band eventually agreed that DeVille's "fire" made him the best choice.
In November 2010, a double cd package titled "Nothin' But A Good Time: The Poison Collection" was released which includes one compilation album (The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock) and one live album (Swallow This Live - single disc edition).
This is POISON, a true Rock N' Roll band with its ups and downz! A career full of success but most of all great music that stands through time........nothing but a good time!!!!
Vassilis (Heavy Paradise, The Paradise Of Melodic Rock )