SEVEN DAYS LIVE
Released 2006 (Cherry Red Films)
DVD Track List:
01. The Scream
02. Strike Up The Band
03. Ride The Wind
04. Good Love
05. Body Talk
06. Something To Believe In
08. Fallen Angel
09. Look What The Cat Dragged In
10. Until You Suffer Some (Fire & Ice)
11. 7 Days Over You
12. Unskinny Bop
13. Talk Dirty To Me
14. Every Rose Has It’s Thorn
15. Nothin’ But A Good Time
Bret Michaels – lead vocals and guitar
Richie Kotzen – guitar and backing vocals
Bobby Dall – bass and backing vocals
Rikki Rockett – drums and backing vocals
Say what you will about Poison. You can call them poseurs, fakes, a joke band…we’ve heard it all before. But there is no denying that they put on a fun and energetic live show as evidenced by the smiles on the fans faces at this packed Hammersmith Apollo gig from 1993. I call this Poison‘s mature phase, when the technically superior Richie Kotzen replaced the outrageous court jester routine of C.C. DeVille.
With the exception of “I Won’t Forget You” and “Your Mamma Don’t Dance”, most of the hits are here – from the rollicking rockers “Unskinny Bop”, “Nothin’ But A Good Time” and “Talk Dirty To Me” to the heartfelt balladry of “Something To Believe In” and “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”. For me the best part of this new DVD is the inclusion of songs you rarely hear Poison tackle live these days. Of course those songs were found on Native Tongue, the only release that featured Kotzen. At first that album disappointed me, but in time the grown-up sound contained on it grew on me and showed that Poison was more then just a gimmick band.
Of course the group doesn’t let down the fanbase that made them huge, as this DVD is filled with a flurry of hair, outrageous outfits and guitar throwing (is Michaels actually playing the Confederate guitar he sometimes pulls out or is it just a prop?). Rockett even plays a pretty impressive drum solo, he has more talent then I originally gave him credit for – and you have to admire Kotzen for being able to play so well with some rings the size of dinner plates on his fingers.
Sound wise this DVD is so-so. It has a bit of that hollow sound that usually occurs in arena gigs and some of the backup vocals seem a touch out of key to me. But the show is fun and well shot, and when it comes to Poison fun has always been the selling point.
www.poisonweb.com, www.cherryred.co.uk, mvdb2b.com (to view clips)