2020 has a nice ring to it, and many musical acts want to take advantage of the significance of the big year. As the list of potential tours continues to slowly grow, you can add Poison as one more band that wants to make their mark in the new year.
Bret Michaels has confirmed to the Arizona Republic that his band will return next year with a “really awesome” tour. Michaels is keeping things close to the vest right now, but he said, “It’s going to be great and hopefully we’ll get to announce something really awesome coming up in the next month or so.”
Over the course of the last few years, Michaels has also toured as a solo act -something that hasn’t been received too well by his bandmates. He was asked whether this differs from touring with Poison: “I love doing both. Poison is who I grew up with, and we go out and have a blast. Being able to do the solo stuff just allows me to continuously write new music and add it in.” He added, “It’s a pretty amazing feeling to be able to do both seamlessly.”
Poison was last on the road in 2018, completing the “Nothin’ But A Good Time” tour with Cheap Trick and Pop Evil. It’s been many years since they released a full album of new music – 2002’s ‘Hollyweird.’ In 2007 they released an album of covers, ‘Poison’d.’
There are hints that even new music might not be too far away – if the band members can align their schedules. Last year, bassist Bobby Dall said that the band “should” be making a new studio album. He said, “There’s no new music in the process, but I think we’d all like to get there. It’s a matter of everyone having the time.”
Another battle that musicians go through with new music is getting fans interested in listening during live performances. In a 2017 interview drummer, Rikki Rockett said, “We could write the second coming of ‘Talk Dirty To Me’, and I don’t know if people wanna hear it or not, and that’s a frustrating thing; it really is.” He added that staying “viable” is important.
Even with Michaels’ recent solo journeys, all the members agree that as a band they remain a more relevant force and if Michaels’ hints come true, in 2020, fans can expect to see the full original lineup once again.