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