POISON, one of rock’s most iconic and enduring bands, has recorded a new album of cover songs, featuring many of their favorite rock classics. “Poison’d”, the band’s first new studio album since 2002, will be released June 5 on CD and digitally by EMI America Records/Capitol.
Featuring POISON’s original members, Bret Michaels (vocals), C.C. DeVille (guitar), Rikki Rockett (drums) and Bobby Dall (bass), “Poison’d” presents the band’s first new studio recordings since 2002’s “Hollyweird”. Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, “Poison’d” packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of DAVID BOWIE’s “Suffragette City”, THE CARS’ “You’re Just What I Needed”, THE ROMANTICS’ “What I Like About You”, SWEET’s “Little Willy”, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND’s “Can’t You See” and THE ROLLING STONES’ “Dead Flowers”. Some of POISON’s best previously recorded covers are also featured on “Poison’d”, including KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite”, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD’s “We’re An American Band” and LOGGINS AND MESSINA’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance”.
“POISON is one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands in the world and, after 20 years, they can slam better than ever,” says “Poison’d” producer Don Was. “They’re powerful musicians and very cool guys. We had a lot of fun making this album and I think you can hear it in the grooves — it’s got the jive and is truly alive! I urge everyone to listen to it!”
Following the release of “Poison’d”, POISON will hit the road again on June 12 for a major North American summer concert tour. Tour dates and details will be announced and posted to the band’s official website as they are confirmed.
In July, VH1 will premiere a new reality show, “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels”. VH1’s description of the show has “the hard-rockin’ POISON front man looking for a woman who can truly keep up with his rock-n-roll lifestyle and not become jealous of his one true passion — performing, which has been the reason for and destruction of most of his relationships.”
“Poison’d” (CD and Digital Album) (not final sequence) track listing:
01. Little Willy (SWEET)
02. Suffragette City (DAVID BOWIE)
03. I Never Cry (ALICE COOPER)
04. I Need to Know (TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS)
05. Can’t You See (THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND)
06. What I Like About You (THE ROMANTICS)
07. Dead Flowers (THE ROLLING STONES)
08. Just What I Needed (THE CARS)
09. Rock and Roll All Nite (KISS)
10. Squeeze Box (THE WHO)
11. Your Mama Don’t Dance (LOGGINS AND MESSINA)
12. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (JIM CROCE)
13. We’re An American Band (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD)
Personally, I do not like cover albums, but I question Poison’s need to re-release covers that they have had on past discs. So if you buy the new disc, you are getting covers of covers that have been covered. What the Hell! I think I may have to pass this one up.
Mick Mars giving Dilana a hand
According to ChartAttack.com, Dilana Robichaux — known to most as the runner-up to Lukas Rossi in the “Rock Star: Supernova” television series — is collaborating with MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars on a song called “Time is a Wound”, to be included on Dilana‘s debut album.
“I immediately ‘fell in love’ with my new adopted Dad, Mick,” Robichaux wrote in a recent post on her MySpace page. “We instantly had a chemistry and a connection so special that I’m still totally dumb-founded by it!
“I’ve never met someone so beautiful, funny, giving, caring and talented and I’m sooo excited to work with him some more!”
The pair, who got together in mid-March to jam, recently got “pact” tattoos — Mars on his hand and Robichaux on her chest — of the African voodoo symbol for Mars at Sunset Strip Tattoo in Los Angeles. Mars also gave the singer one of his guitars, an ’80s white and gold Gretsch with a penguin on it.
Robichaux made a guest appearance on the recent self-titled album by ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA and former GUNS N’ ROSES member Gilby Clarke.
New Queensryche CD and DVD on the way
QUEENSRŸCHE brought the group‘s acclaimed “Operation: Mindcrime” albums to the stage last year performing the original and its 2006 sequel in their entirety during the group’s successful North American tour. The marathon shows included a full theatrical production complete with Surround Sound, video imagery and actors portraying the concept albums’ characters onstage with the band. Rhino captures QUEENSRŸCHE‘s epic performance in front of the quintet’s hometown crowd at the Moore Theater in Seattle with “Mindcrime at the Moore” . The double CD ($24.98) and double DVD ($29.99) versions will both be available June 26 at all physical retail outlets and http://www.rhino.com. The album will also be available at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $14.99. An iTunes exclusive version featuring a video of “The Chase” with Ronnie James Dio will be available for $15.99.
The CD includes singer and chief songwriter Geoff Tate along with guitarists Michael Wilton and Mike Stone, bassist Eddie Jackson and drummer Scott Rockenfield performing all 32 mindcrime tracks plus a two-song encore featuring their signature hits — “Jet City Woman” and “Walk In The Shadows”. The DVD features the same performance expanded with bonus material including a tour documentary, a featurette on the band’s “Rock & Ride Across America” charity motorcycle ride for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, and a live performance of “The Chase” from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, featuring Ronnie James Dio‘s only public appearance as Dr. X.
“This concert is the realization of an idea that began nearly two decades ago,” says Tate. “The story and music of ‘Operation: Mindcrime’ is very dear to the band. We are thrilled with this performance and proud to share it with our audience.”
QUEENSRŸCHE released “Operation: Mindcrime” in 1988. Praised by critics and certified platinum, the album was an acclaimed success remaining on Billboard‘s Top 200 for more than a year. In 2006 the band released a long-awaited sequel to their magnum opus to critical and commercial success. The album debuted at #14 on the Top 200, their highest debut in over a decade.
The concept albums follow an intriguing and complex plot that revolves around Dr. X, a political puppet master who brainwashes Nikki — the story’s main character — to assassinate corrupt public figures. The story also includes Nikki‘s lover, Sister Mary. A former teenage prostitute who becomes a nun, Sister Mary is murdered mysteriously, leaving the cliffhanger “Who Killed Sister Mary?” Set 20 years after the original, “Operation: Mindcrime II” explores Nikki‘s fate after being released from prison and reveals the identity of Mary‘s killer. The album centers on revenge and what it does to people, their emotions and the choices they make.
“Mindcrime at the Moore” track listing:
01. I Remember Now
03. Revolution Calling
04. Operation: Mindcrime
06. Spreading The Disease
07. The Mission
08. Suite Sister Mary
09. The Needle Lies
10. Electric Requiem
11. Breaking The Silence
12. I Don’t Believe In Love
13. Waiting For 22
14. My Empty Room
15. Eyes Of A Stranger
01. Freiheit Ouvertüre
03. I’m American
04. One Foot In Hell
06. The Hands
07. Speed Of Light
08. Signs Say Go
09. Re-Arrange You
10. The Chase
13. If I Could Change It All
14. An Intentional Confrontation
15. A Junkie’s Blues
16. Fear City Slide
17. All The Promises
18. Walk In The Shadows
19. Jet City Woman
Bonus DVD Content
* Tour Documentary
* “The Chase” performed live with Ronnie James Dio in Los Angeles
* QUEENSRŸCHE Rock & Ride featurette