Poison Live in Orlando, FL

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Wednesday, June 12, 2002 @ 2:58 PM

Poison, Winger & Faster Pussyc

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I caught the Poison tour in Orlando on May 25th and had one hell of a time. The tour has Faster Pussycat, Winger, Cinderella and Poison.

First out of the gate was Faster Pussycat. When I saw them the first thing that came to mind was "What the hell are they wearing?" I got flashbacks to the ‘80s, the ones that I don't really care to have. I had never seen Faster before this time, so I don't know if this is their normal look or not. The lead singer was dressed like Marilyn Manson and the rest of the band had dresses and fishnets, etc. ‘Holy crap’ was all I could think of... Anyway, musically they sounded fine. Their set was 30 minutes and included all of the known songs except “Poison Ivy.” They sounded pretty good and looked pretty bad.

Next up was Winger. Winger's set was 45 min and I must say they blew the roof off of the place and really got the party started. They covered all of their "popular" songs as well as a few of the bands favorites. This band is really musically talented. Rod Morgenstein has to be one of the better drummers to come from the era, and Reb Beach -- one of the best guitarists. The high point of the show for them was a 3-guitar solo that was just fantastic to watch. I think Winger is going to surprise some people on the tour. Great Band. Great show…

Next up was supposed to be Cinderella. The stage was totally set for Cinderella. The crowd waited for 20 more min after the stage turnover. (Sold out House of Blues by the way.) Then it was announced that Tom Keifer's voice was not warming up properly and he would not be performing on this night. Now this was a big shame as Cinderella normally puts on one hell of a show but it wasn't met to be on this night. As a side note: there was a rumor going around that Tom was having an argument with the HOB over a backdrop. He was supposedly overheard saying something along the lines, "if they can't fix the problem, I am not performing." This was and is just a rumor and I am willing to give the guy the benefit of the doubt. He did perform the day before and the day after the Orlando show. So who knows. I leave it at that…

Last up was Poison. At this point if has been over 90 min since the stage had been set up for Cinderella then taken down and reset for Poison. Poison came out and gave their usually high-energy performance. Poison did their best to help overcome the fact that people had paid $50 a ticket to see all the bands. Bret Michaels opened up the bars towards the end of the show. They played a few extra songs that they were not playing on their normal set list. Poison really put on a good show. Now most will say that Poison always put on a great show and I agree with that 100 percent. I am just saying that they seemed to give 125 percent on this night. The crowd really loved their effort. Hell, the crowd was singing the songs for them. One other note is that the new songs sound MUCH MUCH better live then on the album. That should give some of the Poison fans hope if thought the album was not that good. Was a fun night! NEXT UP… ROCK FEST AT HARD ROCK LIVE, ORLANDO.

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