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April 4, 2007

A full itinerary is still being confirmed, but Poison and Ratt will join forces for a summer trek starting June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wrapping Aug. 19 at the Coors Amphitheatre in Denver.

The tour, which brings Poison and Ratt onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit amphitheaters, festivals and fairs in such cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles, says Troy Blakely, who books Poison with the Agency for the Performing Arts.

“Generally we’re going to play 50-60 dates,” Blakely tells “I’d say 30-35 are sheds. The rest are various festivals, fairs and indoor shows.”

Confirmed festivals thus far include Birmingham, Ala.’s City Stages (June 16), Bay City, Mich.’s Bay City River Roar (June 22), Pryor, Okla.’s Rocklahoma (July 13) and Sturgis, S.D.’s Buffalo Chip (Aug. 5).

Poison hit the road last summer on a 10-week 20th anniversary tour with Cinderella, which grossed $5.4 million and attracted more than 270,000 in attendance for 37 concerts, according to Billboard Boxscore. The summer jaunt was in conjunction with the release of “The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock,” which has sold 358,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The group will on June 5 release a new Capitol album, “POISON’D,” which finds original members Bret Michaels (vocals), C.C. DeVille (guitar), Rikki Rockett (drums) and Bobby Dall (bass) paying homage to such artists as David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, the Cars, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Who alongside previously released covers like Loggins and Messina’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance.” This is Poison’s first studio album since 2002’s “Hollyweird.”

Here is the track list for “POISON’D”:

“Little Willie” (Sweet)
“Suffragette City” (David Bowie)
“I Never Cry” (Alice Cooper)
“I Need To Know” (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers)
“Can’t See You” (the Marshall Tucker Band)
“What I Like About You” (the Romantics)
“Dead Flowers” (the Rolling Stones)
“Just What I Needed” (the Cars)
“Rock’n’Roll All Night” (KISS)
“Squeeze Box” (the Who)
“Your Mama Don’t Dance” (Loggins and Messina)
“You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” (Jim Croce)
“We’re An American Band” (Grand Funk Railroad)

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