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April 3, 2007

13-Track Album Features Hot New Recordings of Poison’s Favorite Rock Classics, Including Hits Originally Recorded by David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Cars, Sweet, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and More! Poison’s North American Summer Tour Begins June 12

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ — Poison, one of rock’s mosticonic and enduring bands, has recorded a new album of cover songs,featuring many of their favorite rock classics. POISON’D, the band’s firstnew studio album since 2002, will be released June 5 on CD and digitally byEMI America Records/Capitol.

Featuring Poison’s original members, Bret Michaels (vocals), C.C.DeVille (guitar), Rikki Rockett (drums) and Bobby Dall (bass), POISON’Dpresents the band’s first new studio recordings since 2002’s Hollyweird.Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, POISON’Dpacks 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of David Bowie’s”Suffragette City,” The Cars’ “You’re Just What I Needed,” The Romantics'”What I Like About You,” Sweet’s “Little Willy,” The Marshall Tucker Band’s”Can’t You See” and The Rolling Stones’ “Dead Flowers.” Some of Poison’sbest previously recorded covers are also featured on POISON’D, includingKISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite,” Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An AmericanBand” and Loggins and Messina’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance.”

“Poison is one of the greatest rock ‘n roll bands in the world and,after 20 years, they can slam better than ever,” says POISON’D producer DonWas. “They’re powerful musicians and very cool guys. We had a lot of funmaking this album and I think you can hear it in the grooves — it’s gotthe jive and is truly alive! I urge everyone to listen to it!”

Following the release of POISON’D, Poison will hit the road again onJune 12 for a major North American summer concert tour. Tour dates anddetails will be announced and posted to the band’s official website as theyare confirmed. Visit and for thelatest Poison news and links to other Poison-related websites.

In July, VH1 will premiere a new reality show, “Rock of Love with BretMichaels.” VH1’s description of the show has “the hard-rockin’ Poison frontman looking for a woman who can truly keep up with his rock-n-rolllifestyle and not become jealous of his one true passion — performing,which has been the reason for and destruction of most of hisrelationships.”

In 1986, Poison released their debut album, Look What the Cat DraggedIn. 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 the Billboardalbum charts, charted three singles and sold more than four 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.

Last April, Poison rocketed into the Billboard Top 20 with the #17debut of the band’s 20th anniversary hits collection, The Best Of Poison:20 Years Of Rock (Capitol/EMI). The 18-track hits collection was sooncertified gold, and Poison tore through the summer of 2006 on their highlysuccessful “20 Years of Rock” North American concert tour.

To date, Poison has sold more than 25 million records and DVDs worldwide.

POISON’D (CD and Digital Album)
1. Little Willy (originally performed by Sweet)
2. Suffragette City (originally performed by David Bowie)
3. I Never Cry (originally performed by Alice Cooper)
4. I Need to Know (originally performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
5. Can’t You See (originally performed by The Marshall Tucker Band)
6. What I Like About You (originally performed by The Romantics)
7. Dead Flowers (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
8. Just What I Needed (originally performed by The Cars)
9. Rock and Roll All Nite (originally performed by Kiss)
10. Squeeze Box (originally performed by The Who)
11. Your Mama Don’t Dance (originally performed by Loggins & Messina)
12. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (originally performed by Jim Croce)
13. We’re An American Band (originally performed by Grand Funk Railroad)

TRACKS 1-8: produced by Don Was – 2007 (new recordings)
TRACK 9: produced by Rick Rubin, Less Than Zero soundtrack – 1987
TRACK 10: produced by Thom Panunzio, Hollyweird – 2002
TRACK 11: produced by Tom Werman, Open Up and Say … Ahh! – 1988
TRACK 12: produced by Ric Browdie – 1987; bonus track on Look What The Cat Dragged In reissue (2006)
TRACK 13: produced by Don Was, The Best Of Poison: 20 Years Of Rock – 2006

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