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June 13, 2007

POISON’D! 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!

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Poison, one of rock’s mosticonic and enduring bands, returns to Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart thisweek with the #32 debut of their new EMI America Records/Capitol release,POISON’D!. Released June 5 on CD and digitally, POISON’D! sold 21,401 unitsin its first week. Starting tonight in Greenville, SC, Poison will hit morethan 50 U.S. cities this summer on their “POISON’D! 2007” tour. Thenational tour, with RATT joining Poison for most of the dates, includesstops in and around New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Detroit,Washington, DC and other major tour markets across the country.

Featuring Poison’s original members, Bret Michaels (vocals), C.C.DeVille (guitar), Rikki Rockett (drums) and Bobby Dall (bass), and producedby Don Was, POISON’D! presents the band’s first new studio recordings since2002’s Hollyweird. Since Poison’s 1986 debut, Look What The Cat Dragged In,the band has sold more than 25 million records and DVDs worldwide.

Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, POISON’D!packs 13 explosive cover songs, 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 & Messina’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance.” At Wal*Mart, the CDalso includes an exclusive bonus track, Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack.”

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.

Through the ’90s, Poison continued to tour arenas and amphitheatres andrecorded the Platinum Native Tongue and Crack A Smile. After five years ofnot speaking, Michaels and DeVille met up in 1999 and, with their chemistryand friendship quickly rekindled, the band went into the studio to recordPower To 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.

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After much speculation and anticipation following the airing of their”Behind The Music” episode on VH1 last spring, multi-platinum hard rock actRATT with vocalist Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummerBobby Blotzer will grace the stage together for the first time since 1999.Plans for not only a U.S. summer tour but a full-fledged comeback are beingmapped out now as the band prepares to hit the road with Poison. JoiningRATT onstage will be bassist Robbie Crane and guitarist John Corabi.

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