Bret Michaels: “POISON is a party” Touring with MÖTLEY CRÜE and the NEW YORK DOLLS

Hart Baur of  The Miami Herald recently conducted an interview with POISON singer Bret Michaels. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

The Miami Herald: How is the tour [with MÖTLEY CRÜE and the NEW YORK DOLLS] going so far?

Bret: It’s been incredible. Seeing all the generations of fans together is just mind-blowing and awesome. The energy the crowd brings to the table is great. It’s amazing to see how music can transcend age and be passed on. It’s really a great time for me out here right now. When we all hit the stage, the crowd is always energized and electric. It’s the best feeling in the world to hear the fans scream and sing the songs back to you; it’s the ultimate high.

he Miami Herald: This bill seems like a little Glam Metal 101. Are the bands getting along?

Bret: We’re having a blast. POISON, they’re all my brothers, and we all have nothing but respect for MÖTLEY and the NEW YORK DOLLS. TheDOLLS were a huge influence. They kicked things off and really paved the way for us. I hope the fans walk away feeling like they let all of their problems go and had one of the best nights of their lives.

The Miami Herald: How much fun is it to still be doing this so many years later with the same guys?

Bret: We literally built POISON from the ground up. So I’m still proud of that, and I know the guys are all as well. I’m also proud that we’re still together, and the fans are still loving it. What it really comes down to is the chemistry. No amount of rehearsing can ever give you that.

The Miami Herald: Did you imagine that Poison would still be on the road in 2011?

Bret: I think I did imagine a lifelong career with them. Life is about loyalty to me, you stick together. I’m still amazed by the guys and by what we’ve done together in our career: We turned nothing into something and never faked it. Being real is the one ingredient that leads to longevity, and 25 years later here we are. I honestly believe that having that kind of experience behind us, we’re a better band than we have ever been.POISON is a party, and obviously we aren’t kids anymore, but it’s still about having a great time. That’s what it’s always been about.

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  1. It was 30 years ago today (27 Jul 2003) that The New York Dolls debut album hit record store shelves. I think it’s safe to say, these thirty years would have been much different had that record not come out. It has been suggested that The New York Dolls emerged in 1973 just as The Rolling Stones relavence was ebbing (a point I might argue if provoked). And, as if things don’t happen all on their own, one might look at The Dolls and see a trashier, dumbed-down lip-stick-smeared drag-queen version of Jagger and Richards (especially David Johansen and Johnny Thunders – it’s uncanny!) but musically made up of equal parts Iggy Pop swamp-monster sleaze, Lou Reed’s gritty street-sense, T. Rex’s jangly mess, and the charging glam-jam of David Bowie. The result was The New York Dolls were louder, and even more strung-out than their peers.Iggy Pop once said that he single-handedly killed the sixties. That may be so, but it wasn’t until July 27th, 1973 that The New York Dolls came kicking and screaming, in their high heels and track-marked arms, it wasn’t until then that they showed us how good and gritty bad music can sound. The punk scene would have been much different minus The Dolls. It’s unlikely The Ramones would have done it quite the way they did, and The Sex Pistols certainly wouldn’t have happened. In fact, Malcolm McLaren managed the tail end of The Dolls before he moved back to England to create The Sex Pistols. Malcolm dressed The Dolls in patent red leather and draped giant sickle & hammer red flags behind them on stage, all this to upset the American public. None of his antics seemed to work with The Dolls, as they were nodding out of consciousness more than half of the time. It may have been easier for Malcolm McLaren to go from a band with two zonked junkies to a band with only one. ‘I was trying to do with the Sex Pistols what I had failed with the New York Dolls’ –Malcolm McLaren In fact, Malcolm wanted to hire either Sylvain Sylvain of The New York Dolls or Richard Hell (then of Television) to front his incomplete Sex Pistols. ‘Malcolm…he always wanted me to come over and start a group called the Sex Pistols’ –Sylvain Sylvain …and in retrospect: ‘It was a stupid idea of mine…no way Hell or Syl would have fit in with the Pistols. Hell and Syl had years on the Pistols…the Pistols were incredibly nave.’ –Malcolm McLaren The Sex Pistols, on the other hand, perhaps spawned at least partly by The Dolls, rejected the accusation completely on their song called New York. Johnny Rotten explained he and the rest of the band were sick and tired of Malcolm McLaren endlessly going on about The Dolls and The New York scene, which the Pistols felt was too poetry based and arty. New York was their reaction against The New York Dolls. Johnny Thunders and drummer Jerry Nolan, after the demise of The New York Dolls, formed The Heartbreakers with Richard Hell (who didn’t stay long). Amoung the many great punk songs that Johnny Thunders is responsible for, one is a response to The Sex Pistols nasty New York called London Boys. It was more brutal than the flimsy musical fight Lennon and MacCartney employed on their albums. But it was with their debut album, only 11 songs, that the Dolls created all that haggard, whacked and wasted neo-Euro clumsy art rock. A fantastic set of stripped down freak-out garage-boogie.

    07/22/2011 at 9:06 pm

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