You never know when or if you’ll see Poison on tour together again. That’s what Bret Michaels said before this reunited tour which just rocked DTE Energy Music Theatre on Friday, June 8, 2018. The show featured almost no surprises, but that’s exactly what fans paid their money to see.
Poison still packs ’em in. You could barely see a blade of grass on the lawn at DTE amid the sea of fans who were also treated to a full set of music by Cheap Trick and Pop Evil.
By the time Cheap Trick took the stage around 8pm, the lawn was full and fans were mostly in their seats in the pavilion. Their hour setlist featured all the hits fans wanted to hear, including the band’s biggest chart topping hit “The Flame.” I’ve seen Cheap Trick in concert numerous times. This is the first time I’ve seen them perform that song. Needless to say, it was a rare treat as lead singer Robin Zander still has no problem hitting every powerful note.
The band also got the crowd on their feet with hits “Dream Police,” “Surrender” and “I Want You To Want Me.” They also performed a newly released song “The Summer Looks good on You.”
Cheap Trick left to another well-deserved standing ovation. But things were just getting started as Poison was about to take the stage.
You also know what you’re going to get with Bret Michaels, Rikki Rockett, Bobby Dall and C.C. DeVille. I’ve also seen them numerous times and they never fail to deliver non-stop energy. Tonight was no exception, and Michaels made sure to let the crowd know his appreciation for Detroit fans over the years.
“We got here early today. I got to meet a lot of great people. I got to party with some great people today. Thank you all for all of the amazing years you’ve allowed us to come to Detroit and party with everyone here tonight. I am fired up.”
Fans saw what they came to see from the rockers. An energetic concert with most of Poison’s hits and a couple of covers.
Poison got things going as they usually do with “Look What the Cat Dragged In,” followed by “I Want Action.” Then a song they shot the music video for in Detroit in 1991, “Ride the Wind.” “We shot this at Joe Louis Arena over a couple nights and had the time of our lives.”
Then, some of the group’s biggest hits with “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Something to Believe In,” Fallen Angel,” “Unskinny Bop,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Nothin’ but a Good Time.” The band also performed covers “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” which was a hit for them, and “Rock and Roll All Nite” by Kiss. In between, each band member had their spotlight as C.C. shredded his guitar solo, Bobby Dall killed it on bass and Rikki Rockett pounded away on the drums.
Michaels acknowledged Rockett’s recent battle with cancer, which he beat. “That’s Rikki Rockett on drums. He battled cancer and is giving it everything he’s got tonight.”