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Concert Gallery: Poison at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK

May 31, 2011 by  
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The 2011 Rocklahoma kicked off this holiday weekend on May 27-29.  The three day rock festival is now in its fifth year at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.  Started as a call to arms for ‘80s rock, Rocklahoma has more recently extended its arms to embrace some newer rock acts as well, blending the generations for three days of “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock.”  And besides, who better to pave the way for the newer generation than the likes of Mötley Crüe, Poison and Whitesnake!

Over the three days the festival grounds boasted sets from the following:

Friday, May 27 – Whitesnake, Hinder, Skillet, Sick Puppies, All That Remains, My Darkest Days, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Texas Hippie Coalition, New Medicine, Bad Things, Wildstreet, Loveblast, D’Molls, Alias, Blue Tiger, Firststryke, Chuck Cooley and the Demon Hammers, Signum A.D., Silverstone, Return to Custody

Saturday, May 28 – Staind, Sebastian Bach, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Cavo, Pop Evil, The Gracious Few, Hail the Villain, Taddy Porter, Electric Touch, Gypsy Pistoleros, Cutlass, Mock Star, Aura Surreal, Aska, Strikeforce, Siva Addiction, A Good Fight, Bait, Rocker Lips, Sweatin Bullets

Sunday, May 29 – Mötley Crüe, Poison, Papa Roach, Seether, Black Label Society, Saving Abel, Escape The Fate, Crooked X, Art Of Dying, One Less Reason, Bad Things, The Glitter Boys, Black Tora, New Cool World, Pretty Little Suicide, Diemonds, Brandon Clark Band, David Castro Band, Desi and Cody

To find out more about the festival past and present hit up their official website here.

TWRY’s Ilya Mirman was on hand to capture it all and we’ll be bringing you his live photos and video interviews from many artists all week.  Let’s kick it off with a set from Poison!

Poison
May 29, 2011
Rocklahoma
– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman

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Mötley Crüe, Poison, New York Dolls Summer 2011 Tour Dates

March 2, 2011 by  
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Here you go.  We know you’ve been waiting!  Here are the dates and locations for the Mötley Crüe/Poison/New York Dolls Tour.  Enjoy! Tickets will be available to fan club members beginning March 11th and a national on sale starts the weekend of March 18th. All tour information can be found at www.motley.com.

Mötley Crüe/Poison/New York Dolls 2011 Tour Dates:

MAY:
May 29 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma

JUNE:
Jun. 7 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Jun. 9 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Jun. 10 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jun. 12 – Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Pavilion
Jun. 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Jun. 15 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Jun. 17 – Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky Pavilion
Jun. 18 – Las Vegas, NV – TBA
Jun. 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Jun. 21 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Jun. 22 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jun. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
Jun. 25 – Milwaukee, WI – Bradley Center
Jun. 26 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
Jun. 28 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
Jun. 29 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

JULY
Jul. 1 – Tinley Park, IL – FMB Amphitheatre
Jul. 2 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul. 3 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Jul. 5 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena
Jul. 6 – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
Jul. 8 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Jul. 9 – Pelham, AL – Verizon Wireless Music Center- (Mötley Crüe and New York Dolls only)
Jul. 10 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Jul. 12 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul. 13 – Hershey, PA – Star Pavilion at Hersheypark
Jul. 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 16 – Camden, NJ – Susquehannna Bank Center
Jul. 19 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
Jul. 20 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Jul. 22 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul. 23 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Jul. 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Jul. 27 – Cheyenne, WY – Frontier Days-Mötley Crüe only
Jul. 29 – Youngstown, OH – Covelli Centre
Jul. 30 – Frederick, MD – Outlaw Jam 2011
Jul. 31 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

AUGUST
Aug. 5 – Tomah, WI – Fort McCoy

Bret Michaels Back In Hospital – Diagnosed With Hole In His Heart

May 20, 2010 by  
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Just when we thought Bret was back on his feet, we receive this sad news:

“Bret Michaels was re-admitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or warning stroke. While MRI and CT scan tests were being conducted, Michaels also received a doppler ultrasound of his legs and lower abdomen looking for blood clots and most importantly an ultrasound bubble test of his heart was conducted which proved positive for a patent forum ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart. Dr. Zabramski (Bret’s neurosurgeon), Dr. Becker (who ordered the test), Dr. Cook (who conducted the test) and Dr. Frey (Director, Outpatient Stroke Program) all confirmed the results.

Dr. Zabramski states, “There is no doubt that the positive patent foramen ovale (PFO) is devastating news to Bret and his family. The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the transient ischemic attack (TIA) or warning stroke; however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Once again it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately.”

Dr. Zabramski continues, “I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and especially get back on the road to continue making music. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100% recovery. Medically speaking, it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret’s brain and body are not quite 100% yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week and I will have more information next week as to how this patent foramen ovale (PFO) will be treated. For now, Bret will be treated with outpatient care which includes a daily injection of Lovenox (a blood thinner to reduce the chance of blood clots) and blood tests.”

Bret’s rep, Janna Elias, states “Bret wants everyone to know he cannot thank you enough for all of the well wishes, prayers, and good vibes you have sent his way. Even though these last few months have been tough on him and his family, especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK. He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again.””

 

 

More info from TMZ.com:

Bret will be treated with outpatient care — which includes a daily injection of a blood thinner.

Bret’s rep also notes that the singer is in “good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK.”

The rep concludes, “He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again.”

Richie Kotzen

May 18, 2010 by  
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Triple threat singer, songwriter and monster guitarist Richie Kotzen’s latest solo release “Peace Sign” marks his 20th solo album in as many years.  An all around gifted musician, his style ranges from rock to jazz to blues with some pop and soul thrown in for good measure – clearly there are no boundaries when it comes to his creativity.

Breaking through with his instrumental albums in the late 80’s Kotzen started to make some noise around the same time as some other greats that were part of the ‘new crop’ of shredder guitarists (Tony Macalpine, Marty Friedman, Greg Howe and Jason Becker) who helped usher us into the 90’s with their amazing fretwork.  Kotzen’s guitar playing in particular made many take notice and music fans may recall his time spent playing guitar with Poison and Mr. Big. Although these gigs opened some doors for him it’s undoubtedly his solo work that truly fuels his soul. 

Richie recently embarked on a North American tour in support of “Peace Sign.” hitting up some parts of the country that he hasn’t seen in awhile.  His stops include a show on May 27th at Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA which will mark his first solo show ever in the state.  I had a chance to catch up with Richie just four days into his current U.S tour to talk about his career, the tour and Ronnie James Dio.

Interviewed by:  Roger Scales
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Bobby Dall of Poison

June 23, 2009 by  
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poisongroupThere aren’t too many glam bands that came out of the ’80s who are still making their mark in the music world.  Poison has been holding strong for over two decades now with no signs of slowing down – now that’s stamina!  The line up of Bret Michaels on vocals, Bobby Dall on bass, Rikki Rockett on drums and C.C. Deville on guitar has been solid throughout their existence minus a  few brief stints when C.C.’s role was played by some other guitar players that never really fit the job description.  Nice guys?  Sure.  Great guitar players? Absolutely.  But there’s just something about the combination of this foursome that makes Poison the unstoppable force that they are.

The band, seeing some what of a surge of new popularity with the creation of Bret Michael’s half Dating Game/half Fear Factor reality show Rock of Love, has steadily toured throughout their career with much success.  This summer the band is hitting the road with Def Leppard.  Which begs the question – What do you get when you mix two outspoken lead singers, a public war of words, and a dash of ego?  Well if you ask Poison and Def Leppard it’s the perfect recipe for a summer blockbuster tour. Just a year after the publicly fought battle royale between front men Bret Michaels and Joe Elliott aired through the media, the bands are now joining forces for what could be the most face-melting, hair raising, lighter waving, tour of the summer, and oh yeah, they’re bringing Cheap Trick along for the ride too.

Bassist Bobby Dall took some time to discuss the tour, the past twenty plus years as a part of Poison and the things that matter to him most in life. (And it should be noted that Poison was one of my first ever favorite bands so this was a real thrill for me, thanks Bobby!)

Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June  2009

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Bret Michaels releases official statement on Broadway Beatdown

June 11, 2009 by  
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An official statement from Bret Michaels regarding the Tony Awards debauchary has been posted on his website www.bretmichaels.com:

I am trying to remain very positive and somewhat humorous about the whole situation. I apologize that I did not make a statement earlier as I have been feeling pretty beat up over the last few days. The fact is I was honored to be asked to perform at the event. The entire “Rock of Ages” production were awesome and even though I was completely out of my element I was really enjoying myself prior to my injury. In fact all involved at the awards show treated me good.


I had a great time at the Tonys right up until I got blindsided, I must admit it was a little blurry after that. In hindsight, there is no doubt I got my bell rung, unfortunately it has been posted and perhaps funny to watch, but I can assure you it has been painful to experience. In all honesty I had absolutely no idea what struck my head. Upon impact I thought a piece of the lighting rig had fallen out of the ceiling and as I fell back it seemed like my head struck the stage and I blacked out for a second. When I opened my eyes I noticed a large set prop coming down straight for me. I immediately pushed myself out of the way and amidst the chaos I laid on the floor and asked “what the hell just happened?”


My nose, mouth and the back of my head felt numb. I vaguely remember asking Big John, ‘do I have any teeth left in my mouth?’ I knew I could move my arms and legs and that was an instant relief. Somebody handed me a towel to wipe the blood from my face and in my dazed state I recall staring at what seemed to be Shrek, a talking goat head and several monkey like creatures.


Over the last few days a lot of speculation as to what happened and who is to blame have surfaced. I need to make clear at no point since the incident occurred do I feel like the accident was malicious in any way and I feel this will all work itself out. However I must state I found it a little strange that the only statement released by the Tony organization was that I missed my mark and that I was completely fine. First, I thought, ‘what mark?’ as there was no official mark, just a retracting drum riser and an overhead prop being rapidly lowered which was out of my view. Second, I think it was slightly irresponsible for them to report that I was fine without full knowledge of my condition, when a doctor hadn’t even looked at me yet and I surely don’t remember any X-Ray machines backstage. I am not looking for an apology, I only hoped that on a human level that the Tony organizations’ representative would have expressed some concern for injury in their statement or at the very least claim they would be looking into the matter.


Whether it was a miscommunication, missed cue or missed mark no matter what the situation was the prop should have been stopped or at least slowed for a few more seconds until I cleared the stage. I apparently had less than two seconds to avoid being hit. It was evident I was backing up and moving in the direction to exit the stage for at least 30 to 40 feet and it is plain to see I had no clue this prop was descending. For God sake, they have at least a five second delay to prevent the airing of unapproved expletives and nudity!


For the record never at any point during my Sunday morning rehearsal was I ever instructed that the piece was coming down and that I had very little time to get off the stage, otherwise believe me I would have stopped or at least ducked so as not to be knocked out at the Tonys. Trust me I never wanted any of this to happen. I was simply doing as I was told which was to exit the stage as Poison’s song “Nothin’ but a Good Time” came to a close.


I feel for the actors and actresses who put in so much time and hard work on or off Broadway to get to the Tonys. This is their moment and I am sorry that some of it may have gotten overshadowed by my thick rocker cranium being struck by a stage prop. On a high note I hear it was the highest rated Tonys they have had in years. However, I was bummed that I did not get to see any of the acts perform during the Tonys as I have never seen a play on Broadway before, probably would have enjoyed it, and even more bummed that I did not get to attend the after parties, cuz rumor has it Anne Hathaway was going to be there and she is hot.


I would like to personally thank Bobby and C.C., Mark Hogue, Larry Morand and my crew along with Liza Minnelli, Mark Indelicato and Carole Propp for rushing to my dressing room to check on my condition. In closing I truly appreciate everyone’s concern. I thank the Good Lord I have a thick skull and I have a feeling this may have been my first and final curtain call at the Tonys.


Sincerely, Broadway Bret Michaels

Poison – Boston, MA

August 7, 2008 by  
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Poison
August  7, 2008
Bank of America Pavillion – Boston, MA
Photos by:  Mary Ouellette

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