My Sunday Song – “Something to Believe In” by Poison

For My Sunday Song #95, this power ballad comes to us from Poison. The song is “Something To Believe In” and is off their 1990 album ‘Flesh & Blood’.  The song went to #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is great example of how moving and poignant a song can be.

The song is about two people in Bret Michael’s life.  The first is his personal friend and bodyguard, James Kimo Maano or Kimo.  Kimo got hooked up in the rock & roll lifestyle and with his abuse of drugs and alcohol, his life tragically ended early.  When Bret found out, he was inspired to write this song as a tribute to his friend.  When you watch the video of this song, you see an emotional Bret Michaels reacting to pictures that showed up on the TV of his friend.  The Director of the video didn’t tell him the pictures were being used and it took Bret by surprise.  It was a cruel trick, but it captured a real moment.

The other person is Bret’s cousin Bob who had been wounded in Vietnam and the song talks about his struggles mentally with what happened as well as the loss of so many of his cousin’s friends in the way.  It paints a stark reality of the damage war can have on a person.

The whole song discusses reasons for Bret’s loss of faith whether it is from false prophets, the homeless, the impact of war or the loss of a close friend.  The song paints such a graphic picture that you can’t help but be touched by it in some way.  And depends on your mood when you listen, it could even bring a tear to your eyes.

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Tuesday’s Memes – Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper!  Is there anything more that needs to be said.  I don’t think so.  It is now time to honor Mr. Cooper and the greatness that he is.  There are not too many rock stars out there as cool as he is.  Heck his last album was incredible so there aren’t many people out there still relevant after over 40 years of music (or is it 50 now).  Sit back and enjoy Alice Cooper.

The Songs…

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Poison – The Albums Ranked Worst to First

I have seen a lot of news on Poison lately.  Most notably, they are touring with Def Leppard and they were actually in town back on April 29th with Extreme & Jackyl.  I hate I missed it as I really would have loved to see Extreme…and Poison too!!

I then saw in the news where Rikki Rocket would love to record a new album, but he doesn’t feel fans want to hear anything new from them.  I then saw somewhere where Bret Michaels would love to do a new version of “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn”…but of course he would…he is a REPEAT OFFENDER!!

All this talk about Poison got me to thinking about their albums.  So, over the last week I revisited their entire collection and decided I would rank their albums from their absolute worst to their very best…or at least my opinion of that ranking.  They had 7 studio albums, but since one Live album had 5 new tracks I decided to include that one in the list as well. I will shut up now and get on with the ranking.

8. – THE WORST!!! – Hollyweird (2002)

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Bruce Fairbairn – Producer Extraordinaire #3

In my producer extraordinaire series, this is the 3rd producer who helped create some of my favorite albums.  The first post in the series was for Robert John “Mutt” Lange and then second post was for Brendan O’Brien.  Both legendary producers.

Bruce Fairbairn didn’t have as long as career as the first two guys due to his untimely death back in 1999.  However, during his brief time, he crafted some of the most memorable albums of the 80’s & 90’s and the albums sold well over 65 million copies if you just count the platinum and gold albums.

It all started in back in Canada in the late 70’s when he started out producing for a band called Prism.  Prism had moderate success in Canada, but not much internationally.  In 1980, Bruce started production on the debut album for another Canadian band called Loverboy.  Loverboy opened the doors for Bruce with the bands international appeal. He produced 4 albums with Loverboy in the 80’s.  They were as follows:

  • Loverboy – (2x Platinum)
  • Get Lucky – (4x Platinum)
  • Keep It Up – (2x Platinum)
  • Wildside – (Gold)

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Def Leppard, Poison & Tesla – Tour Dates

I am so excited to see that Def Leppard announced their latest tour dates for their North American Tour.  They will be going on the road with Poison and Tesla, an 80’s throwback show it appears.  The only disappointing thing for me as that the three will not be coming to Charlotte because Def Leppard will be headlining the Carolina Rebellion Festival in May.  I hope I get to go to the Rebellion to see them, but first I need to find someone willing to go with this old man.

Here are the dates below.  See if they are coming to your town and if so, you have to go see them. Def Leppard still puts on one helluva show.  For more info go to Def Leppard.com

TOUR DATES

April 8 – Manchester, NH – SNHU Arena
April 10 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre*
April 12 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
April 14 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
April 15 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Coliseum
April 17- Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
April 19 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center**
April 21 – St Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center*
April 22 – Sioux Falls, SD – Sanford Premier Center
April 24 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena*
April 26 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum! Center***
April 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
April 29 – Fort Myers, FL – Jetblue Park*
April 30 – Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park*
May 2 – Tuscaloosa, AL – Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre
May 3 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre*
May 5 – Charlottesville, VA – John Paul Jones Arena
May 6 – Concord, NC – Charlotte Motor Speedway**
May 24 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
May 26 – Pryor Oklahoma – Rocklahoma*
May 27 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center*
May 29 – Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
May 31 – Bozeman, MT – Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
June 2 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place/Rogers Place *
June 3 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome*
June 6 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena*
June 7 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena*
June 9 – Seattle, WA – White River Amph
June 10 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
June 12 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
June 14- Ontario, CA – Citizens Bank Arena
June 16 – San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
June 17 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
June 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
June 21 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center***
June 22 – St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*
June 24 – Chicago, IL  – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre**
June 25 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center

 

* NO POISON OR TESLA

** NO POISON

*** NO TESLA*

Concerts, Concerts, Concerts – The 90’s

I am going to continue rehashing all the concerts I have been to that I still have the tickets stubs for those shows and even mention shows I remember that I can’t find a ticket stub.  I started off talking about The 80’s (click to read about it), now we will pick up in the 90’s and see what wonderful shows I attended.

The 90’s

The first show for me of this new decade was none other than…KISS!!  It was July 20, 1990 and this time it was at the Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheater.  This was a great show.  The opening acts were Danger Danger for sure and the other act was possibly Slaughter.  Not positive on that one. This show got me hooked on Danger Danger so that is why I remember it.  The tour was for the album Hot in the Shade and had a huge Sphinx for the state setup.  Ticket prices were now over $20 at $24 after fees.

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Concerts, Concerts, Concerts – The 80’s

I have been going through this rock & roll trip down memory lane with this blog.  It started with the vinyl records I found in a box and than last week with the posters.  I actually found one more box from my younger days and this one had a ton of concert ticket stubs from over the years.  I also found a couple concert T’s and a couple programs as well.  I still can’t believe I kept all this stuff, but I am glad I did.

Going to a concert nowadays, they don’t give you a physical ticket anymore.  If they do, they charge you for it.  Nope, tickets are on your phone and get scanned in or you print it out on your printer.  Not the same as those dot matrix printers from the old days.

You also used to stand in line for tickets.  You had to arrive an hour or two before the tickets went on sale whether it was hot, cold, raining or snowing.  We did it each and every time we wanted to go see a show.  And we loved it!  Now you go online from the comfort of you home…not the same.

Whether you want to or not, I am going to take you on a journey of my musical concert experiences…at least most of them because I think I am missing quite a few ticket stubs.

The 80’s

Our journey begins back around 1983.  I was only 14 years old.  My parents finally agreed to let me go to a concert, but I had to go with my sister…REALLY!!!  Actually, it was okay.  My sister and I have been to many concerts together and even went to one 2 years ago some 3o+ years later.

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Bret Michaels – “Repeat” Offender

Bret Michaels with Poison is enjoyable.  The music is kind of mindless, like KISS, but a lot of fun.  Bret Michaels as a solo artist is a different story.  As a solo artist, Bret Michaels is a “Repeat” Offender!!  What do I mean by that?  Well, let me tell you.  Bret Michaels can not release a new album that doesn’t contain all original music.  He has to repeat songs from his days as lead singer of Poison or songs from his previous solo album.  At this point to me, it is so laughable and sad at the same time.

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It didn’t start out this way as his first 2 solo albums were pretty much all original/new material.  His first solo album in 1998 was ‘A Letter from Death Row’ which was the soundtrack to a movie he wrote, directed and starred in, believe it or not.  On a side note, I never saw the movie.  Here is the track listing:

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