Tuesday, June 26, 2018

POISON - June 22, 2018 Bethel, NY - Concert Review with Video and Photos

So we left off just having seen Cheap Trick finish their set (click here for that review) and after waiting a short time, the house lights went down and Poison's intro video came on.  Just as it finished the band exploded into their classic opener "Look What the Cat Dragged In"

As I said in the Trick review, you're not going to get a lot of surprises at a Poison show and that's not a bad thing.

What you know you ARE going to get is an incredibly fun high energy everybody singing and dancing along set of rock n roll hits!  A LOT of HITS!  You almost forget how many damn hits Poison have had...so many they didn't even play them all (no "I Won't Forget You" which just missed the top ten back in the 80's)

Next up they stayed with their debut album for "I Want Action"

The band was sounding great and looked excited and happy to be there with Rikki Rockett sitting high above his drum kit to seemingly party along with the crowd even more.

Bret Michaels was the perfect summer party host, making sure everyone was having a great time, which they were as the band played "Ride The Wind."

C.C. DeVille then returned us to their 1st album for the last time that night with that opening riff of "Talk Dirty To Me".  

Here's the video I shot of "Talk Dirty To Me":

At this point Bret announced they would be bringing some special guests out on stage - some veterans in attendance - to join the band while they played "Something to Believe In".  

I believe Bret said the first guy that came out was his cousin and I only call this out because it turned out this guy and his buddy pulled into the lot next to us a few hours prior, then when we got to our seats, they were sitting in the row right in front of us and now there he was up on stage.  My point?  I dunno, but it was a touching moment and received possibly the loudest applause of the night.

It was immediately back to summer party mode with their cover of Loggins and Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance" which appeared to have every mom (and non-mom) dancing along.

C.C. then treated the crowd to a guitar solo which included some of Van Halen's "Eruption"

And the hits kept on coming with "Fallen Angel" followed by that unmistakable opening bass line of Bobby Dall announcing "Unskinny Bop"

There was then a drum solo by Rikki into a bass solo by Bobby.

Then one of the classic power ballads of all time, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"

The main set was then closed out with the theme song of the night "Nothin But a Good Time".  I did do a Facebook live video of this one which is posted on the Facebook page.  See below to click to join to view this extra video.

There was a short encore break and the band came back out joined by Leigh Kakaty of opener Pop Evil to end the night with the Kiss classic "Rock and Roll All Nite"

When the house lights came up we were able to go right down front where we ran into our friend Jen and I was able to snag this setlist (well 70% of a setlist). Double Nice!

A fun time was had by all and it was a great start to summer (which literally started the day before)

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