Irving, TX – One of this summer’s hottest tickets to the area was Poison’s Nothing But A Good Time Tour at The Toyota Music Factory Saturday, June 2nd. Touring along with Poison were support bands Cheap Trick and Pop Evil. Considering all three bands rocked different decades, it was an exciting and diverse lineup.
With temperatures peaking around 100 degrees Saturday, Pop Evil put on a blazing opening performance. As with any opener, Pop Evil pulled out their best Saturday with nine songs, closing with fan favorite “Trenches”. During “Trenches”, singer Leigh Kakaty jumped off the stage and made his way to the back of the house onto the lawn where eager fans got a front row performance.
While many questioned their presence for this tour, Cheap Trick was the second act. Someone in the marketing and entertainment business somewhere knows what works; Cheap Trick and Poison fans came together Saturday with zero complaints. Cheap Trick, who always puts on a good show, seemed to be having quite a good time themselves. Having been around since the early 70’s, their experience in rocking the crowd showed. For the younger fans, it was a great opportunity to see rock icons live on stage. Cheap Trick played 14 songs including some of their biggest hits like “The Dream Police”, “I Want You To Want Me” and “Surrender.”
After two fantastic opening acts and the house lights dimmed, fans eagerly anticipated the original lineup of Poison. A cartoon style video portraying the members of Poison played on the big screen while smoke permeated the stage. Signature green and blue lights flicker upon the stage as guitarist CC DeVille, drummer Rikki Rocket and bassist Bobby Dall greet the audience. While breaking into the Poison classic “Look What The Cat Dragged In”, singer Brett Michael’s says “Helloooo, Texas”.
Poison, the glamour hair metal band from the late 80’s is a band you either loved or hated. Poison broke all the rules by wearing women’s clothing and makeup, colossal aqua net hair, and good ole fashion metal sleaze, ushering in a new genre of music. For those who grew up in the 80’s Poison was different, over the top with a smashing party sound.
Today’s Poison is a little tamer than the wild-haired crazy days of booze, backstage fights and over-the-top illicit behavior. One thing that wasn’t gone though was the music. Memories flooded fans as everyone sang along to all the greatest hits including “Nothing But A Good Time”, ” I Want Action”, “Talk Dirty To Me”, “Unskinny Bop”, and of course “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”