The summer solstice must be around the corner, because tour announcements are coming fast and furious. The most exciting is the announcement that Poison will tour with RATT and Great White.
Let the detractors begin their bashing.
I saw Poison with Cinderella last summer and it was good time. I thought Bret and the gang put on a good show, despite blazing heat. They played their hits, and so did Cinderella.
I'm sick of people complaining that the set lists don't change and that Poison-RATT-Great White-Cinderella-Aerosmith-Motley Crue-Slaughter-L.A. Guns-Faster Pussycat-Winger-Warrant and everyone else suck live.
I've decided that if Jimi Hendrix rose from the dead for a special one night only FREE performance, people would still complain that the set list wasn't original or Jimi is out of shape.
I bet it's hard to practice when you're dead.
I, for one, think the Poison triple bill sounds like much fun, and there's a possibility the boys will add a fourth band to the roster. That's a lot of glam for one day!
There is a bit of bad news from the RATT camp. It seems bassist Juan Croucier plans to sit out the tour. It's not official yet, but sources close to the musician say he hasn't signed on the dotted line just yet. Original front man Stephen Pearcy has signed on, and journalists are dubbing the show a reunion. I would shy away from that term because Croucier is bowing out and founding RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby died from a heroin overdose in 2002.
You'll recall a few weeks ago I posted a Poison recording update. Pennsylvania's finest are hard at work on a cover album, under the watchful eye of super producer Don Was. While I wish Poison were working on an album of originals, I'll take a new release of covers. The album is set for a late spring/summer release, obviously to coincide with the tour.
Right now, the only confirmed date is August 12 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. This is part of the massive Universal CityWalk entertainment complex. I went to California for vacation two years ago and visited the CityWalk. If I remember correctly the amphitheatre is huge, so promoters must be expecting a decent crowd.
After all, L.A. is the cradle of 80s glam rock.
I will be checking Ticketmaster every day in case Poison doesn't send a Myspace alert about ticket availability. I am assuming this glam powerhouse will make a stop in Ohio. Last year, Poison/Cinderella swept through Columbus. I'd be down for that again.
Side Note: Hey Heather, want to car pool with me and the glam rock husband? I'll buy the first round!