As Poison hit the stage at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass. last night (Aug. 18) on their tour with Def Leppard and Lita Ford, the first thing frontman Bret Michaels did was express his gratitude. He addressed the crowd to thank them for over 26 years of loyalty to the band.

Poison’s success blew up in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s with hit after hit from their first three discs -  ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In’ ‘Open Up and Say ... Ahh!,’ and ‘Flesh & Blood.’ Seemingly knowing what their fans want, Poison’s short but potent set featured primarily tracks from these discs letting the crowd bask in nostalgia and revisit those days gone by, if only for one night.

The set kicked off with ‘Look What the Cat Dragged In’ followed by tracks like 'Ride the Wind,’ ‘Fallen Angel’, ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn,’ ‘Talk Dirty to Me,’ and ‘Nothin’ But a Good Time.’ Not a lot of surprises but with a short set, this seemed well-played.

Poison is one of the few bands from that era that still tours with their original line up – Michaels on vocals, C.C. Deville on guitar, Bobby Dall on bass, and Rikki Rockett on drums. Although the lineup suffered some temporary shake-ups throughout their tenure, they’ve always managed to get back together.

Lita Ford opened the show. One of the original members of all-girl band the Runaways, Lita recently released her latest disc ‘Living Like a Runaway.’ Her short set consisted of staples like ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ and the duet she recorded with Ozzy Osbourne ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ peppered in with songs from the new disc.  It’s great to see her back and rocking!

Check out some of our photos from the show below.


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