Poison kicks off tour in Tupelo

TUPELO – Poison kicked off its 25th anniversary tour in Tupelo to the tune of thousands of screaming fans.
The rock band, fronted by Bret Michaels, kept much of the nearly 4,000 fans on their feet while it rocked through hit singles like “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” “Unskinny Bop” and “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.”
“Oh, my God, look what Tupelo, Mississippi dragged in,” Michaels said, a nod to Poison’s debut record, “Look What the Cat Dragged In.”
Poison’s thunder was stolen just a bit by the very first opening act, Tupelo’s own Spunk Monkees.
Lead singer Matt Nolan and crew tore through classic 80s cover songs like true veterans, as Nolan whipped his long blond hair and twirled the mic stand around.
The Spunk Monkees covered songs like “Pour Some Sugar On Me” by Def Leppard and “You Give Love a Bad Name” by Bon Jovi, and also debuted a new original song, “Shake Shake.”
The band kept a stream of fans at the merchandise table, signing autographs and posing for photos.
For guitarist Chad Nolan, the night was a dream come true.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “We’ve played in front of 1,000, or 1,500, but not coliseums.”
Warrant, who also opened the show, and Poison are heroes for the Spunks.
“I met Bret (Michaels), and he was really cool,” Nolan said. “We’ve probably seen Poison 12 times. We saw them when they were an opening band.”
Warrant kept the crowd going strong between the Spunks and Poison with hit songs like “Heaven” and “Cherry Pie.”

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