Poison Brings “Good Time” To Colorado

 

Out of all of the glam rock bands that came straight off the Sunset Strip in Hollywood back in the 1980’s, there may not have been a more hated band than Poison. I actually will use the term “hair band” because I actually think there was good music and musicianship back in that decade so I think that term is misused. But many of those bands have come and gone but Poison have stood the test of time. They have not toured as a band in five years but promised “Nothin’ But A Good Time” on their summer tour along with support from legends Cheap Trick and Pop Evil. Their summer trek made a stop at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on Wednesday night and all three bands delivered on their promise.

Michigan rockers Pop Evil did a great job of warming up the early arriving crowd. The band led by lead singer Jamie Nummer marched through a short selection of songs including a few from their self titled album released this year. They managed to get the mostly lazy crowd to their feet for the set closer “Footsteps”. Drummer Hayley Cramer is especially fun to watch as she plays with high energy and style.

Being active as a band for more than four decades, Cheap Trick continues to tour and record with amazing consistency. Wearing all white including a hat, lead singer Robin Zander along with guitar wizard Rick Nelson performed a sixty minute set that inlcuded a little bit of everything. Early in the set they rocked a couple of covers from Big Star (That 70’s Song) “In the Street” plus “California Man” by The Move. Mid way through they premiered a brand new released song “The Summer Looks Good On You” and mentioned that they are working on more new material. The band sounded great with both Zander and Nelson entertaining the crowd often by jetting out to the catwalk to either highlight a guitar solo or to playfully interact with the crowd. The biggest crowd response and participation came at the end when they played a string of live staples “Dream Police”, “I Want You To Want Me”, and my personal favorite “Surrender”. Cheap Trick still continues to entertain fans and influence generations of other musicians with no signs of stopping.

Poison hit the stage bringing good times and fun songs. The band got the evening off to fast start by bursting into “Look What The Cat Dragged In” and “I Want Action”.  The third song into the set lead singer Bret Michaels fondly recalls the time he enjoyed riding his motorcycle through the Colorado mountains proclaiming his ‘Rocky Mountain High’ as they broke right into “Ride The Wind”. Michales who is a son of a military veteran himself, dedicated the hit song “Something To Believe In” to the men and women who couragously serve our county while the crowd filled the air with their cellphone flashlights. It did not really matter what songs they played, Poison was there to have a good time.  Drummer Rikki Rockett, bassist Bobby Hall, and guitarist C.C. DeVille wore infectious smiles the entire show. Each band member took their turn running out to the end of the catwalk and giving high-fives, handshakes, and gesturing at fans in the audience. Both Rockett and DeVille had some alone time onstage as each performed nice solos highlighting their individual musical skills. Michaels even returned to the stage after and gave Rockett a cool shout out for his recent battle with cancer. There would not be a Poison show without including the #1 single “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”.  All Michales had to do was play the opening chord on his acoustic guitar and the crowd screamed loudly and sang word for word until the end.

Poison are back after a break and they continue to thrive and survive.  Gone is the teased up hair, eyeliner, and crazy outfits and whats left are the songs and positive spirit. That is truly “A Good Time”.

Photos and review by Jason Bullinger