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June 28, 2006

Poison’s Multi-Platinum Albums Look What The Cat Dragged In, Open Up And Say … Ahh! and Flesh & Blood Remastered With Bonus Tracks in Expanded 20th Anniversary Editions
Poison’s ’20 Years Of Rock’ Tour Tearing Up the Road Through August
In Stores: August 1, 2006

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — As Poison raises the roofsof more than 50 concert venues across the U.S. this summer on the band’sVH1 Classic and Live Nation-presented “20 Years Of Rock Tour,” Capitol/EMIMusic Catalog Marketing is preparing for the August 1 reissue of Poison’sfirst three multi-Platinum albums in expanded 20th Anniversary Edition CDpackages. Digitally remastered with rare and previously unreleased bonustracks, Poison’s triple-Platinum 1986 album debut, Look What The CatDragged In, the septuple-Platinum Open Up And Say … Ahh! and the PlatinumFlesh & Blood will be released in commemorative 20th anniversary CDpackages, honoring the band’s exciting and enduring career and theirever-growing tally of more than 25 million albums and DVDs sold around theworld.

Poison’s 20th anniversary catalog campaign began this spring withCapitol/EMI’s April 4 release of a new hits collection, The Best Of Poison:20 Years Of Rock, which debuted at #17 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart,marking the band’s first return to the Top 20 since 1993. The CD packs 18hits, including the band’s explosive new version of Grand Funk Railroad’s”We’re An American Band,” produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan).The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock — Deluxe Tour Edition was released onMay 16, on the eve of the band’s national anniversary tour. The expandedCD/DVD package contains the 18-track CD and a companion DVD with the band’smost rocking music videos and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at themaking of “We’re An American Band.”

Perhaps VH1’s Behind The Music special on Poison, one of the network’shighest-viewed specials, said it all, encompassing everything about thisband: sex, drugs, fun, violence and rock ‘n roll. Poison’s Bret Michaels(lead vocals, guitar), C.C. Deville (lead guitar, vocals), Bobby Dall(bass) and Rikki Rockett (drums), crashed hard onto the 1980s LA musicscene. Voted Most Popular Band two years in a row by Music Connectionmagazine, Poison’s unheard of mix of rock, Americana, pop and punk musicalstyles, their over-the-top stage show and blue-collar, hard-workingmentality shot the band into Billboard’s Top 5 with the 1986 independentrelease of Look What The Cat Dragged In. The album’s singles, “Talk DirtyTo Me,” “I Want Action,” and “I Won’t Forget You,” all launched into theTop 40. After years of hard work, touring and controversy, radio and MTVfinally took notice of the band and their music, propelling Poison intosuperstardom. Look What The Cat Dragged In peaked at #3 on Billboard’sAlbums chart and sold more than three million copies.

The band’s 1988 follow-up, Open Up And Say … Ahh! went Platinum twoweeks after its release. The single “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” hit #1 onBillboard’s Singles chart and the album sold more than seven million units.1990’s Flesh & Blood featured a second Gold single, “Unskinny Bop,” and thealbum went multi-Platinum.

In 1991, amidst inner fighting, alcohol, drug abuse and road storiesthat would make a porn star blush, guitarist C.C. Deville and singer BretMichaels collided in an all out fist-fight seconds after leaving the stageof the MTV Music Video Awards (right between Cindy Crawford’s high heelsand Eddie Van Halen’s sneakers). C.C. Deville left the band. Poison continued to tour arenas and amphitheatres and recorded thePlatinum Native Tongue and Crack A Smile. After five years of not speaking,Michaels and Deville met up in 1999 and, with their chemistry andfriendship quickly rekindled, the band went into the studio to record PowerTo The People. One of the most successful reunion tours of all timefollowed the album’s release.

For up-to-date band and “20 Years Of Rock” tour information, pleasevisit Poison’s official Website: and Bret Michaels’official Website:

All Deluxe Tour Edition CD/DVD packages for The Best Of Poison: 20Years Of Rock include a code for Poison fans to logon to to buy one concert ticket and receive one free ticketfor the “20 Years Of Rock Tour” as a thank you to fans. “Poison is bringingthe kind of summer tour package that rock fans have been waiting for,” saidLive Nation Senior Vice President of Touring, Bruce Kapp. “We are so happythat both Poison and Cinderella decided to spend their 20th birthdays onthe road — it’s a terrific tour at a great price.” To coincide with thebands’ 20th anniversaries, and keeping with Poison’s tradition of stayingloyal to their music and their fans, lawn tickets for each of the outdooramphitheatre dates are priced at $20 or less.

2006 continues to be “Nothin’ But A Good Time” for Poison and theirfans as they celebrate 20 YEARS OF ROCK!

Look What The Cat Dragged In: 20th Anniversary Edition
1) Cry Tough
2) I Want Action
3) I Won’t Forget You
4) Play Dirty
5) Look What The Cat Dragged In
6) Talk Dirty To Me
7) Want Some, Need Some
8) Blame It On You
9) #1 Bad Boy
10) Let Me Go To The Show
11) I Want Action [7″ single remix] *
12) I Won’t Forget You [7″ single remix] *
13) Don’t Mess Around With Jim *

Open Up And Say … Ahh!: 20th Anniversary Edition
1) Love On The Rocks
2) Nothin’ But A Good Time
3) Back To The Rocking Horse
4) Good Love
5) Tearing Down The Walls
6) Look But You Can’t Touch
7) Fallen Angel
8) Every Rose Has Its Thorn
9) Your Mama Don’t Dance
10) Bad To Be Good
11) Living For The Minute *
12) Band Interview *

Flesh & Blood: 20th Anniversary Edition
1) Strange Days Of Uncle Jack
2) Valley Of Lost Souls
3) (Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice
4) Swampjuice (Soul-O)
5) Unskinny Bop
6) Let It Play
7) Life Goes On
8) Come Hell Or High Water
9) Ride The Wind
10) Don’t Give Up An Inch
11) Something To Believe In
12) Ball And Chain
13) Life Loves A Tragedy
14) Poor Boy Blues
15) Something To Believe In [acoustic version] *
16) God Save The Queen [instrumental demo] * previously unreleased

* = bonus tracks

20 YEARS OF ROCK TOUR (remaining U.S. tour dates) Presented by VH1 Classic and Live Nation
Jun 29 Lemoore, CA Tachi Casino*
Jun 30 Concord, CA Chronicle Pavilion
Jul 01 San Bernardino, CA Hyundai Pavilion
Jul 02 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
Jul 04 Las Vegas The Joint
Jul 06 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre*
Jul 07 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre*
Jul 08 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 09 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
Jul 11 Nashville, TN Starwood Amphitheatre
Jul 12 Lansing, MI Common Ground Music Festival
Jul 13 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Jul 15 Comstock, NE Comstock Rock Festival*
Jul 16 Denver, CO Coors Amphitheatre*
Jul 18 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul 19 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center*
Jul 20 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Jul 22 Kansas City, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 23 Cadot, WI Rock Fest/Chippewa Valley Music*
Jul 25 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
Jul 26 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
Jul 28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul 29 West Bend, WI Washington County Fair Park*
Jul 30 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheater
Aug 01 Toronto Molson Amphitheatre*
Aug 02 Buffalo, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug 04 Clearfield, PA Clearfield County Fair*
Aug 05 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
Aug 06 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 08 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Theater
Aug 09 Hartford, CT Dodge Music Center
Aug 11 Hershey, PA Hershey Park Star Pavilion
Aug 12 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 13 Wildwood, NJ Wildwood Convention Center
Aug 15 Raleigh, NC Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
Aug 16 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug 18 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug 19 St. Petersburg, FL Times Forum*
Aug 20 West Palm Beach, FL Sound Advice Ampitheatre
Aug 22 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Aug 23 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues*
Aug 25 Atlanta, GA HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Aug 26 Memphis, TN Mud Island*
Aug 27 Little Rock, AR Riverfest Amphitheatre*
Aug 29 St. Paul, MN Minnesota State Fair*

*Not Live Nation Events
All dates, cities and ticket prices subject to change.

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