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Emperor's New Clothes

kotzen.jpgThe good folks over at have just posted the latest guitar star of the month: Richie Kotzen.

I'm not sure if Kotzen is a household name, but he's probably most famous for replacing C.C. DeVille in Poison. With the Pennsylvania glam-band, Kotzen released the greatly underrated Native Tongue. Kotzen was kicked out of Poison and eventually DeVille rejoined the band.

Kotzen also played in Mr. Big for awhile, performing on the Get Over It and Actual Size albums. Today, Kotzen is working to support a new solo disc, Into the Black. You can preview some of the tracks on

All this talk of Kotzen has me thinking of Poison. A few days ago I picked up the DVD Poison: Video Hits for less than six bucks. We're talking low-budget, and not every video the band made is included on this collection. The DVD contains videos for:

1. "Cry Tough"
2. "I Want Action"
3. "Nothin' But A Good Time"
4. "Fallen Angel"
5. "Every Rose Has It's Thorn"
6. "Unskinny Bop"

I grabbed the DVD as an impulse buy because of the dirt cheap price. There are zero extras meaning no book, no interviews, no live performances.

As you can see by the clip listing, this collection only includes the band's biggest hit singles. Poison: Greatest Video Hits is a comprehensive DVD, including every video the band has produced along with concert clips and an interview or two.

A couple weeks ago I broke news of a massive summer tour including Poison, RATT and Great White. Now, it seems Great White's participation in the tour is in question and Poison has yet to announce concert dates. I guess only time will tell, glam fans.

Side note: Tomorrow, look for a special article dealing with the roots of music...something I've been working on for awhile, and hoped to post today. Too bad a migraine got in the way.






Reader Comments (4)

Didn't Kotzen get booted from Poison for sleeping with Rikki Rocket's wife?
March 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
Metal Mark--

Yep, that is why he was kicked out of Poison. He was replaced by Blues Saraceno.

March 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
He touched on this again recently. I can't remember if it was on Eddie Trunk's show, or on Hairball John's Radio show.

Nonetheless....there are two side to every story.

March 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHard Rock Hideout
Richie Kotzen is a very talented guitarist!
I loved his work with Poison!
I also have a Poison DVD!
It is called..."Poison: Seven Days Live"!
It is a dvd of a concert that they did in London in 1993! It is very good! There are no extras, but the concert itself is worth the buy!
The roots of music article should be very cool! I am looking forward to it!
March 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn

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