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So I Guess Poison and Def Leppard...

Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments22 Comments

So I guess Poison and Def Leppard are going to tour this summer. That's what was posted on Blabbermouth anyway. I find this amusing since Bret Michaels said over and over and over again that Poison wouldn't be hitting the road this summer.

Now, the tour isn't a done deal but I guess it will probably happen.

Here's the article from Blabbermouth:

POISON frontman Bret Michaels has confirmed that his band is in talks to tour with DEF LEPPARD later in the year. Speaking to CNN about his upcoming activities, Michaels said, "I've got a huge announcement, which actually just happened this morning. DEF LEPPARD and POISON are gonna go out on the road this summer. And the reason that's exciting for me [is] I know it will be the rock tour this summer. POISON and DEF LEPPARD, with all those big hits, being out there, we put out a great show, we've got a huge fan base, but the one thing the fans get, we always keep the ticket prices down and deliver an absolutely awesome, kick-ass rock show. And I look forward to it, because I'm still a fan of music — I'm very passionate about the music I make — and when you can be out on the road with people you like — I've been able to go out with AEROSMITH, KISS, SKYNYRD — and to be out with DEF LEPPARD and POISON this summer, I think that it's gonna be the tour of the summer.

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Poison and Def Leppard hated each other? My Glam, all last summer all we heard was insults back and forth.

Now the two groups are going to tour? Egad.

Well, here are my predictions: Ticket sales will be low. Really low. Poison does pull out a good show night after night, but they've toured just about every summer for the past decade and that equals market saturation. I worry in this economy, people won't pay to see them again if they were just through town last summer. I also predict Joe Elliot's voice will be completely shot and he won't be able to belt out the Def Lep hits as required by law. Finally, I think this tour (if it happens) will be picked up by one of the major summer festivals in America. Which one? I cannot say. 

Here's my final prediction: when this tour rolls through Ohio, I'll be there. I mean, what can I say? I love Poison and Def Leppard. I also love a good train wreck and with these bands together, something chaotic is bound to happen.

Thoughts?

Reader Comments (22)

Well, I've seen Poison the last 3 summers. But, never once did I go to see Poison.

I went to see Cinderella, Ratt and finally Sebastian Bach and Dokken. Poison puts out a fun show, but it's a cookie cutter show and Bret Michaels is one of the most scripted, plastic front men to step foot on a stage.

As for Def Leppard, had they stopped making records after Pyromania, I would love them.

More importantly, I sure hope that Rock Gone Wild is not the festival that you are talking about. I would be ultra depressed if both of these were headliners on separate nights.

This year I will certainly pass on the Poison summer tour.
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTodd
joe's voice has been shot for a while now. he'll do what he does in the studio, use lot's of vocal effects. i'd go to this one if i won tickets but i won't spend any money on it. don't get me wrong, poison put on a great show at the first rocklahoma but it clearly is a business for them. it wasn't even sincere when they pulled up service members in uniform on the stage. but if someone wants to go see them then good for them. they keep managing to keep the train rolling so never count them out.
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdon
This is only my opinion, which is usually wrong! :)

If it was between seeing Poison for the 4th or 5th time (and paying less than $25 bux) and having to endure a festival show, I'd take the Poison show (and who they get to tour with them always cracks me up, giving me much amusement). You gotta admit, they *are* entertaining, even if it *is* on the Lindburger (cheese) side.

I have never liked festival shows to begin with. They're too big, there are too many people, they're usually too far away, and the sets are too short. If I'm gonna travel 1500 miles to see Tesla, they damn better well play for 2 hours! Call it me being stingy with my money :P

I spose I'm just spoiled. Living in the Bay Area, the small to medium places to see bands are abundant. After 24 years (my entire life, up to that point) of having to endure Indiana where no one hardly ever played while I grew up, I have the right to gloat!

(Sorry for the ramble, I'm crankypants :P)
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermissy
BRING THIS TO EUROPE!!!!
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikkeSixx
oh god yes, bring it to Europe...we'll take Poison of your hands for a summer (or more) ;)
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlove-bomb-baby
Id go to see Poison again i LOVE them and ive never seen Def Leppard so u never know! POISON BETTER HEADLINE!
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
I've never seen Def Leppard live, so I will definitely be there. Of course, I would be there if Poison went on tour with just about anyone...I can't get enough of them.
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJT
I'd go to see this one only because Def Leppard is playing with them and I've never seen the Leps before.

I've seen Poison 8 times and every show is the same tired setlist...that's market saturation. I would see Poison every year if they would record new music or play some different songs.

I love Ride The Wind and Mama Don't Dance as much as the next fan, but how about mixing it up with Life Loves A Tragedy or Hollyweird?

Anyway, hope ticket prices are low, because my budget isn't getting any bigger...
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyo Vie
here's my thoughts.....A. I sure hope Poison is changing up their set list. B. I haven't been impressed with DL lately, however the two together may not be a bad idea. C. I'm saving my money for a REAL tour as in WHITESNAKE this summer!

One more note about the set lists....I'm so sick and tired of these damn bands having set lists to please their mainstream fans and not the REAL fans who really want to hear other songs that aren't on a greatest hits record!
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkari
I'd rather self "swab" test for venereal disease.

And from what I've seen on the Rock of Love Bus I'll bet that's a prerequisite for backstage passes for any upcoming Poison show.
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
Any chance a band like Kix gets on this tour to open?
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
if you have to drive 1500 miles to see tesla then something is seriously wrong. they will come a lot closer than that if you're patient. i don't think i'd travel that far for anyone. but honestly do you really think that the band factors in how far you (or me) have traveled and bases the length of their show on that? not likely.
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdon
To me this is LAME. I saw Def Leppard back in the summer in Dayton, Ohio and they SUCKED. Opening act Billy Idol absolutely crushed them. Poison's set list has been lame the last few years. And its a shame Bret Michaels is too concerned with being a reality tv star and sleeping with nasty sluts than being Poison's frontman. I hope this rumor isnt true, and as much as I love Poison I was actually looking forward to NOT seeing them this summer. Market oversaturation and the bad economy could kill this tour. If it does happen, lets hope they get a good opening act that they havent used yet, like Kix, Trixter, BulletBoys, or Pretty Boy Floyd.
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKen
ive seen both bands live and poison a few times and yes there set barely changes but a good show anyways ldef lep rocked and not just the hits they played from the first couple cds and it was great but joes voice is a little shot though but a good show anyways should be a good package
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterglamrockerarchie
This is my fantasy show. It would only be better if Aerosmith headlined. I saw Poison twice last summer and only didn't see DL because they didn't come to my town. Rock on boys!
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDBLA31
I would pay good money to see this. However, I think it's one of those cases where my fullfillment would come from being able to say I saw both bands play. I've seen both before, but it's like another feather in my hat if I see them again. I am a diehard Def Leppard fan, but honestly, their new stuff sucks major ass. As for Poison... I think they are over. There comes a time when a band needs to quit playing. I'm speaking of both bands, actually. Seriously, quit trying to make new material.
January 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIrv
This may be a mess. After last summer's shows, I was thinking I'd skip either Poison or Def Leppard this year. I don't know about skipping BOTH though. Like Allyson, I'm sure I'll be there, excited and disgusted all at the same time.
January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I recently saw Def Leppard play and must say I was some what shocked at how bad joe elliots voice has become. The set list was extremely lame and very short, they barley played 70 mins.

The set list was around 60% histeria 35% pyromania and 5% a new tune and bringing on the heart break which they played acoustic before the highlight of the show "Switch 625"

When will this band realise that most of the fans that see them these days are diehards and want to hear more that just those 2 records. A few tunes of slang would of been nice and at least 1 more off high n dry .... Why are these bands so out of touch with there fan base.

Its baffles me.
January 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSpool Photography
i cant wait to see this one. i've seen Def Leppard 5 times.and they were awesome..missed them last year unfortunately.. it will be a first for me to see Poison..but cant wait.
January 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkandy
Saw Poison at Sweden Rock Fest last year and am really surprised they haven't announced any further European dates since as they seemed taken aback at the reaction they got.

Don't believe the negative comments some people made on the net about the show, I was there and they got one of, if not the, loudest reaction of the whole festival.

Bring this double header to the Uk, cos I can't afford mainland Europe this year!
January 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetalbearuk

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