Bret Michaels Talks Future of Poison

Ready to embark on a summer tour with Def Leppard and Tesla, Blabbermouth reports that during a recent interview on Sirius/XM’s “Trunk Nation,” hosted by Eddie Trunk, Poison frontman Bret Michaels, talked about his upcoming reunion with all the original members of Poison, and the future of Poison.

Trunk asked Michaels why he felt it was the right time to re-connect with the original members of Poison for the upcoming summer tour:

It’s two things. One, it will be awesome – honestly – it will be awesome to see Bobby [Dall, bass] and C.C. [DeVille, guitar] and Rikki [Rockett, drums] again. We always have fun. I know there’s notorious stories of… You know, the great thing about us, if we have any problems, we don’t bother to air it out backstage, we just wait until we’re onstage to beat the hell out of each other. So I’ve always laughed and told you, it’s great music, there’s always a great energy, and occasionally you get a lot of pyro and a good prizefight once in a while. But, honestly, to me, we’re mixing up with the solo dates and with Poison/Def Leppard… We had such a great time out with Def Leppard last time, and obviously with Tesla out there, it’s just a great early summer… I call it early summer, but it’s starting off… kicks off first week of April, I believe in New Hampshire, and I’m really looking forward to it — playing all the greatest hits and just being out there and having fun.

Michaels was asked if he has had any contact with any of the band members since their last stint. Michaels replied:

We go and do some of the private [gigs as Poison], and it’s really great. And every time we do it, we get together [and] we rehearse, everyone’s having fun, it’s great to catch up, but not on a daily… You know, I don’t see them on a daily basis. It’s like I said, we’re four guys that if you asked us for direction to any place, we would give you four completely different directions to get to the same location. It’s just our personalities. But also that energy – the fact that none of us are ‘yes’ men to the other person, we all have our own individual identity, but when we get out there on that stage and it’s working, there’s a certain energy in the air and a certain party and feeling that everyone’s on their feet, hands in the air. And it’s truly a great time. And probably of all of ’em, Bobby’s the one I’m in the most contact with. You know, we’re all friends, but Bobby’s probably the one I speak to the most about… not just about Poison; just about life in general.

Michaels on the future of Poison after the tour:

We would all have to go do this and have a great time together and say, ‘Look, next year I think we’re gonna go out, just headline, pick out twenty or thirty dates, and go play.’ But I think we have to go through this… I think you just simply go through this. This isn’t gonna be one of those scenes where — God forbid — we’re ever inducted into the [Rock And Roll] Hall Of Fame, and no one will show up or this; there’s none of that. It is truly as real as it gets. Those moments that we’re having a great time are real, and when it goes ugly, it’s real; it’s not a pre-thought-out thing. And I think we just go through this, have the best time in April, May and June. We’ve added more dates through Canada and a bunch of stuff, and just see where it goes. I would literally, when it’s done, say, ‘Hey, guys, I think it would be killer next year to go out, pick out some great headlining dates and have an amazing time again.

If fans could expect a possible new Poison album:

Very simple. You know with me that I still live and breathe for the creativity and making new music. A lot of the reason, for me, to be able to go out with Pete Evick and all the guys in the solo band… We get on that bus and we truly get up there, and even before and after shows, we’re up there at soundcheck writing new music, playing new music. And, of course, one day it would be awesome. I don’t look at the business of it. It would be great if we could sit down as Poison and say, ‘Look, let’s just make a really fun, upbeat new ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time’ or ‘Talk Dirty To Me’…’ I’m not saying the same song, but something that just feels like what we do, obviously with modern production, and have a great time making a new song. But in the meantime, I’m gonna keep creating with what I do, with the solo band.