A grainy, low-quality video clip of the near-brawl between POISON frontman Bret Michaels and bassist Bobby Dall that occurred at the conclusion of the band's August 25 show in Atlanta, Georgia has been posted online at YouTube.com.
As previously reported, Bret and Bobby had to be separated by roadies after Dall allegedly threw his bass at Michaels. According to a posting on the Metal Sludge web site, "It's hard to make it all out [in the video clip], but you'll see Bret turn and throw his mic towards Bobby and/or the drum and bass area of the stage. Then Bret goes back to center stage as Bobby winds up 'Every Rose' video-style and wind mills his neon green bass at Bret's chicken legs."
Despite the onstage altercation, POISON's show in Memphis, Tennessee the following night (Saturday, August 26) went on without incident.
In an April 2006 interview with Classic Rock Revisited, Dall spoke about the dysfunctional relationships between POISON's bandmembers and how they have changed over the years.
"There are always problems, because we are a rock and roll band and it is like a marriage only multiplied by four," Bobby said. "I don't think Bret and C.C. [Deville, guitar] have ever gotten along and that is just the way it is. There are times when we are great and like brothers and there are times that we fight. Like I said, my children behave better [laughing]." Asked if he thinks all of that is why POISON is known as such a controversial band, Bobby replied, "Absolutely, it is what works and to see the synergy of those four guys on stage is amazing. That is what we are. When we walk off the stage it is the fights and many years of a lot of excesses. Everybody is healthy and happy now, but it is a band of excess. You don't go from the streets to great wealth without all the excess in between [laughing]."
Remaining POISON tour dates:
Aug. 27 - Little Rock, AR - Riverfest Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 - St. Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair