Poison at the Tweeter Center on June 30

A review of Poison at the Tweeter Center on June 30, 2007

, Editor-in-Chief

There are some summer shows that you just have to circle on your calendar. Sometimes those shows aren’t exactly about the music, but more about the party that comes with it. Over the past few years, 80’s hair metal/glam rockers Poison have done just that by becoming a new perennial summer favorite. Their shows, which have remained pretty standard and predictable in recent memory, are a feel good flashback for a still adoring and faithful Boston audience.

Opening with the title track off their 1986 debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, Brett Michaels rose to the top of the stage behind drummer Rikki Rockett through an elevator to the delight of the Boston crowd. From there, the band quickly progressed through fan favorites “I Want Action” and “Ride The Wind.” Michaels did appear to demonstrate some strain on his vocals as the night progressed, but the crowd amply took over as needed. Still Michaels was a true frontman and he worked the adoring crowd well. At the end of the show, while beaming with joy, he declared the crowd was so great that he would insist to VH1 that they be featured during the debut of his new realty show, Rock of Love, which airs July 15.

As entertaining as Michaels was, his wingman, guitarist C.C. Deville, was just as fun as he wailed away on his axe. Deville delivered numerous memorable solos with his signature flying v guitar and even added his own tune, “I Hate Every Bone in Your Body but Mine.” As his platform was lifted high above the stage, Rockett added an equally entertaining drum solo.

The band is touring in support of a new album, Posion’d, which is made up entirely of covers, tributes to their favorite artists, and hits of the ‘70s. Thankfully for many fans, what would normally be a beer break with new material was actually a time for another sing-along. At the Boston show, the band delivered the Romantics\’ "What I Like About You," the Marshall Tucker Band\’s "Can\’t You See," and Tom Petty\’s "I Need to Know," all off Posion’d.

Of course, Poison still performed all the fan favorites including “Unskinny Bop” and monster ballads “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Something To Believe In,” both of which drew a sea of lighters raised above the crowd (a seemingly lost image of arena rock.)

Closing on the main set with “Fallen Angel” and “Talk Dirty To Me,” Poison sent the crowd into frenzy, as if it were 1989 again. They returned for an encore of the only song that could summarize the night, “Nothin’ But A Good Time.”

Ratt, a band Poison first opened up for, may have provided some nostalgia by opening the show, but they struggled mightily in doing so. Singer Stephen Pearcy vocals were off throughout the band’s set. Guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer provided a few highlights, but it wasn’t until the crowd began to swell and Ratt’s closing anthem, “Round And Round,” ignited a sing-along. However, even when other 80’s classics such as Bon Jovi’s “Lay Your Hands On Me” and Guns ‘N Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle” were played over the PA system, they garnered a better response than most of Ratt’s set.

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