POISON-ous Vibes

David Koon of Arkansas Times reports that even though POISON's concert at Little Rock's Riverfest Ampitheatre Sunday night (August 27) went off without a hitch, the paper's "man behind the scenes" — Market Street Cinema owner and dedicated metal head Matt Smith — said that the atmosphere backstage was anything but hunky dory. Matt, who traveled to see POISON in Wisconsin and Chicago during their tour this summer, said that they're usually the friendliest band in music backstage, posing for photos and holding extended meet-and-greets with fans. In Little Rock, however, Smith said that only guitarist C.C. Deville and bassist Bobby Dall showed up for a very limited post-show autograph session, telling those in attendance that singer Bret Michaels was sick with the flu.

"They are known for being extremely nice backstage," Smith said. "And Little Rock was just not the love fest that [the show in] Wisconsin was."

As previously reported, at POISON's August 25 gig in Atlanta, Michaels and Dall nearly had an onstage throwdown, with shoving, shouting and a flung guitar and microphone before roadies rushed in to break it up. Afterward, Michaels reportedly told fans in attendance, "You may have just seen the last concert by POISON in its current formation."


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