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Old 02-14-06, 05:15 PM
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To promote summer tour, Poison are going to release another hits CD.


New Hits CD, The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock, Includes Explosive New
Version of Grand Funk Railroad's 'We're An American Band,'
Produced by Don Was

May 16, 2006 Marks 20 Years Since the Release of Poison's Debut Album,
Look What The Cat Dragged In

20th Anniversary World Tour to Begin in May

CD in Stores: April 4, 2006


HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Poison, one of hard rock's most
iconic, enduring and controversial bands, celebrates 20 years in 2006. To
commemorate this anniversary milestone and the band's career tally of more
than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around the world, Poison and Capitol/EMI
Music Catalog Marketing have partnered to release The Best Of Poison: 20 Years
Of Rock on April 4. The new 18-track collection packs Poison's biggest hits
and fan favorites and will also debut the group's explosive new version of
Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band," produced by Don Was (The
Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan). In May, Poison will hit the road for a major 20th
anniversary summer tour sponsored by Live Nation! and presented by VH1
Classic.

With the band's most recent studio album, Hollyweird, along with Poison
Greatest Hits, which just reached double Platinum, and their Gold-certified
Greatest Video Hits DVD, Poison continues on with a do-it-yourself attitude,
also touring to sold-out venues around the world. Following a 2003
VH1-sponsored tour, Poison co-headlined a national tour with KISS in 2004.

Poison's 20th anniversary world tour will take the band to major concert
venues around the globe this summer. Tour dates and line-up details will be
announced and posted to the band's official website as they develop. Visit
http://www.poisonweb.com and http://www.bretmichaels.com for the latest
Poison news and links to other related websites.

This May, Poison is one of the featured bands in VH1's new documentary
series, "Heavy: The Story of Metal." What Ken Burns did for jazz, VH1 does
for heavy metal -- only a lot louder. Premiering May 1-4 (9pm ET/PT), the
four-part series traces the evolution of heavy metal music and culture,
exploring four decades of music.

Perhaps VH1's Behind The Music special on Poison, one of the network's
highest-viewed specials, said it all, encompassing everything about this band:
sex, drugs, fun, violence and rock 'n roll. Poison's Bret Michaels (lead
vocals, guitar), C.C. Deville (lead guitar, vocals), Bobby Dall (bass) and
Rikki Rockett (drums), crashed hard onto the 1980s LA music scene. Voted Most
Popular Band two years in a row by Music Connection magazine, Poison's unheard
of mix of rock, Americana, pop and punk musical styles, their over-the-top
stage show and blue-collar, hard-working mentality shot the band into
Billboard's Top 5 with the 1986 independent release of Look What the Cat
Dragged In. The singles "Talk Dirty To Me," "I Want Action," and "I Won't
Forget You" all launched into the Top 40, and the band watched their debut
album's sales climb to more than three million copies. 2006 marks the 20th
anniversary of the release.

Poison moved further up the charts and into the headlines with its smash,
acoustic-influenced power ballad, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" launching to #1,
and the raucous party anthem, "Nothin' But A Good Time" hitting the Top 10,
from the septuple Platinum-certified (representing more than seven million
sold) 1988 follow-up, Open Up and Say ... Ahh!. The Top 5 album spawned
several radio and music video hits, including "Fallen Angel" and "Your Mama
Don't Dance."

After a worldwide mega-tour, Poison returned to the studio with fabled
producer Bruce Fairbairn in Vancouver to record 1990's Flesh & Blood. Driven
by the first single, the blues-rock influenced "Unskinny Bop" which hit #3,
the album reached #2 on Billboard's Albums chart. Packing a Platinum-
certified punch, Flesh & Blood also contained the singles "Life Goes On,"
"Ride The Wind" and the heartfelt "Something To Believe In," written after the
death of a close personal friend. The song was unedited for radio and lasted
six minutes, yet still made it to #4. The band's video for "Something To
Believe In" beat out Faith No More's "Epic" to win MTV's "World Series Of
Rock" Video Of The Year. The single was also nominated that year at the
American Music Awards.

In 1991, after a well-publicized fistfight between Bret Michaels and C.C.
Deville, C.C. left Poison. The band continued to tour arenas and
amphitheatres and recorded the Platinum Native Tongue and Crack A Smile.
After eight years of not speaking, Michaels and Deville met in 1999 and with
their chemistry and friendship quickly rekindled, the band went into the
studio to record Power To The People, and had one of the most successful
reunion tours ever. Poison's original line-up has remained intact since.

Throughout Poison's career, the band's members have enjoyed collaborative
and solo successes that have taken them from the stage to the screen and to
many points in between. 2006 promises to be a busy 20th anniversary year for
the dynamic members of Poison.

Bret Michaels recently appeared on the cover of Billboard and Radio &
Records magazines for his recently released solo album, Freedom of Sound, and
his 2005 solo tour broke attendance records at several outdoor venues.
Michaels' rootsy Americana style has helped the album's lead single, "All I
Ever Needed," cross from rock to country airplay charts. Michaels manages his
own record label, BMB Records, and he has also produced and written songs for
numerous artists, including "Love's A Hard Game To Play" from Stevie Nicks'
platinum-certified Timespace: The Best Of Stevie Nicks.

Michaels has made numerous television show guest appearances, including
"Yes, Dear" and "Martial Law" on CBS, "The Chris Isaak Show" on Showtime, and
has been a judge on USA's "Nashville Star" and a co-host of the syndicated
entertainment news show "Access Hollywood." He has also appeared on VH1's
"Rock Bodies" with Beyonce Knowles, made Spin magazine's "Top 100 Greatest
Moments in Rock," has appeared on the cover of Playgirl magazine and has had
his ten-acre Malibu Ranch featured on MTV's "Cribs."

Premiering in March, the new season of VH1's hit show "The Surreal Life"
features Poison's C.C. Deville with housemates Sherman Helmsley ("The
Jeffersons"), Steve Harwell (Smashmouth), Florence Henderson ("The Brady
Bunch"), Tawny Kitaen (of Jaguar hood-writhing Whitesnake video fame), Andrea
Lowell (Playboy TV), and the recently gender-swapped Alexis Arquette.

In April, Rikki Rockett will make a guest appearance on TLC's new "Wrecks
To Riches" auto overhaul series, helping to restore a 1969 Dodge Dart before
giving Poison's new version of "We're An American Band" a spin on the car's
amped-up sound system.

2006 will definitely be "Nothin' But A Good Time" for Poison and their
fans as they celebrate 20 YEARS OF ROCK!


THE BEST OF POISON: 20 YEARS OF ROCK
1) Cry Tough (from Look What The Cat Dragged In)
2) Talk Dirty To Me (from Look What The Cat Dragged In) #9 Pop
3) I Want Action (from Look What The Cat Dragged In) #50 Pop
4) I Won't Forget You (from Look What The Cat Dragged In) #13 Pop
5) Look What The Cat Dragged In (from Look What The Cat Dragged In)
6) Nothin' But A Good Time (from Open Up And Say...Ahh!) #6 Pop, #19 Rock
7) Fallen Angel (from Open Up And Say...Ahh!) #12 Pop, #32 Rock
8) Every Rose Has Its Thorn (from Open Up And Say...Ahh!) #1 Pop, #11 Rock
9) Your Mama Don't Dance (from Open Up And Say...Ahh!) #10 Pop, #39 Rock
10) Rock And Roll All Nite (hard to find song from Less Than Zero soundtrack)
11) Unskinny Bop (from Flesh & Blood) #3 Pop, #5 Rock
12) Something To Believe In (from Flesh & Blood) #4 Pop, #5 Rock
13) Ride The Wind (from Flesh & Blood) #38 Pop, #28 Rock
14) Life Goes On (from Flesh & Blood) #35 Pop
15) Stand (from Native Tongue) #50 Pop, #15 Rock
16) The Last Song (from Power to the People)
17) Shooting Star (from Hollyweird)
18) We're An American Band [new recording, produced by Don Was]

This set leaves (Flesh & Blood) Sacrafice, So Tell Me Why, Sexual Thing,& Lay Your Body Down off & adds
Rock And Roll All Nite (KISS remake), The Last Song, Shooting Star,& We're An American Band.

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There is ZERO reason to buy this. The previous release was more than complete and sounded great. So you miss two what are sure to be horrific covers.
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Anyone else find it really horrifying that Poison is now twenty years old?

Christ, I remember when the band was "new."

"Look What the Cat Dragged In" is now older than "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" when LWtDCI was first released.

(And it's kind of horrifying to realize that I bought both "Look What the Cat Dragged In" and the original cover version of "Open Up and Say Ahhhhh".)
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Should've added "Rock Star"

I think I'll stick with the current greatest hits.
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Poison's Greatest Hits, huh? Is this just a fancy way of selling a blank cd-r?
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20 years? Has it really been 20 years?
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They should have just made this a two-discer. The previous collection had a better song lineup, IMO ("So Tell Me Why" is one of my favorite Poison tracks). It makes sense to have that "R&R All Night" cover in there, though. I like that they cover some late albums, but nothing from Crack a Smile? That was a much better album than Power to the People or Hollyweird IMO. Also, a few Bret Michaels solo cuts would be nice. I thought Songs of Life was better than the past three Poison albums combined.
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Who would of ever thought Poison would be considered Metal.
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By titling it "20 Years of Rock" they are leading people to believe that all those twenty years were filled with rock.

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Originally Posted by ~M~
Who would of ever thought Poison would be considered Metal.
HAIR metal.
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Originally Posted by The Bus
By titling it "20 Years of Rock" they are leading people to believe that all those twenty years were filled with rock.

They were certainly filled with bandanas for Brett Michaels.

Here's the conversation:

Brett: Man, I can't believe I'm losing hair. I used to have so much hair. In fact, I was in a hair metal band! What the shit is this?

Mrs. Brett: Well sweetheart, just wear a bandana over your head. Then, no one will know. It's totally natural!

Brett: that's a good idea, but what if it falls off?

Mrs. Brett: That's easy! Just put another bandana on top of the first one!

Brett: Brilliant!! But what if that one pulls the other one off?

Mrs. Brett: Jesus, just get some damn plugs.

Brett: No, no, I'll just put a big cowboy hat or a backwards hat on top of it.

Mrs. Brett: I should have married Tommy Lee.
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no (Flesh & Blood) Sacrafice or Rock Star?? what's up with that?

and if there was going to be a song from Power to the People is should have been "Power to the People"

still, Hair Metal rules! good to see Poison still kicking. (and yes Hair Metal is Metal... if those "Nu-Metal" bands can be called metal the Hair bands can certenly be)
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Originally Posted by GuessWho
I think I'll stick with the current greatest hits.
Yeah, that one is good enough.
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The greatest hits already out is just as good.

On the other hand, Poison is cool. Definately a guilty pleasure.
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Originally Posted by TheMadMonk
Poison's Greatest Hits, huh? Is this just a fancy way of selling a blank cd-r?
Is this just your fancy way of telling a joke that was stale 5 years ago? I don't like Poison either, but this joke is more tired than their music.

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I recieved my copy last week of this disc. Only had a chance to listen to it in the car and it does sound remastered. Having RnR All Night on cd is great and their "New" cover is not too bad. Definitly worth replacing the '86-'96 package if you are a fan.
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For anyone interested...
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....cat86800050001

Free Best Buy exclusive tracks!

Order The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock for only $9.99 and receive a code to download two exclusive audio tracks, "God Save the Queen" and "Living for the Minute," and the video to "Your Mama Don't Dance."
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they could have at least put 20 songs on it.. bought it yesterday.. i hadn't heard some of these songs in a long time.. kind of takes you back to memory lane.
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I loved Living for the Minute back in the day. I think it was on my Your Moma Don't Dance cassette single. Anyone know if I'll be able to download that song somewhere without buying the album? I'm talking legal download here.
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Originally Posted by Celtic Bob
it does sound remastered
anyone else wanna second that motion? i may doubledip if remastered
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Some are newly remastered and some aren't.

According to the liner notes all tracks were remastered in 2006 except for tracks 3, 8, 13 & 14 which were remastered in 2003. Track 16 was remastered in 2000 and track 17 was remastered in 2002.
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sounds like they've all be remastered since the '96 best of... thanks!
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They have a DVD out as well now. I checked the track listing out, but it wasn't enough for me to buy it.
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Avoid the DVD unless you are a big fan. It has Kotzen on guitar and NOT CC. Also it has a major sync up problem as well.
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Thanks for the ReMaster info. I just have the advance promo right now with no liner notes.
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Originally Posted by Celtic Bob
Avoid the DVD unless you are a big fan. It has Kotzen on guitar and NOT CC. Also it has a major sync up problem as well.
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Thanks for the ReMaster info. I just have the advance promo right now with no liner notes.

I know this is heresy for a Poison fan to say (although I'm not a "Poison fan" per se), but I prefer Kotzen over DeVille.

Not so much the guitar playing, but more for the backup vocals, which I think if brought to the forefront was better than Michaels.

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