Bret Michaels, frontman for the rock band Poison, is in the midst of a solo tour, which made a stop in Connecticut last Saturday night at the Wolf Den at the Mohegan Sun Casino. He was a kingpin in getting Poison to tour this past summer with Def Leppard and Tesla, as Poison celebrated their 30th anniversary together. Michaels' solo show would rely heavily on his Poison songbook with a few scattered cover songs to flesh out his 70-minute show.
Bret Michaels and his 4-piece backing band kicked off the night with a duo of old-school Poison hits, "Talk Dirty To Me" and "Look What The Cat Dragged In." He kept the energy of the Wolf Den flowing with covers of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and Loggins & Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance" as the audience sang along to the chorus of every song performed this evening. Michaels, who is a big advocate for military personal and veterans, dedicated the power ballad "Something To Believe In" to members of the armed forces.
Members of the Bret Michaels band got their moment to shine as each got to perform a short solo after their introductions, with bassist Eric Brittingham (from the band Cinderella) leading the party anthems "Unskinny Bop" and "Nothin' But A Good Time." Sandwiched between the two classic Poison rock hits is the #1 single, "Every Rose Has It's Thorn" as the entire Wolf Den sang along.
The night closes with Bret Michaels and his band performing one of his all-time favorite songs by one of his favorite bands as they kicked off a fun, high-energy version of KISS' "Rock And Roll All Nite." As the setlist consisted of only nine-songs, for Bret Michaels, its more about delivering and keeping the music of Poison alive and kicking, until the band's next reunited tour.
Setlist: Talk Dirty To Me, Look What The Cat Dragged In, Sweet Home Alabama, Your Mama Don't Dance, Something To Believe In, Unskinny Bop, Every Rose Has It's Thorn, Nothin' But A Good Time
Encore: Rock And Roll All Nite