Concert review: Cinderella & Poison

I grew up listening to hard rock, and used to bang my head to the likes of Motley Crue, Cinderella, Guns N’ Roses, Ratt, Warrant, Skid Row and the rest of the bands who made the 1980s special. Most of these bands are still touring in one capacity or another, and I recently had the opportunity to see two of these bands, Cinderella and Poison. Both bands were a huge success in the 1980s, and I was curious to see if they could still jam.

Cinderella was the first band to take the stage, and they began their setlist with what sounded like “Fallin’ Apart at the Seams.” The lead singer (Tom Keifer) was having problems hitting the high notes Cinderella is known for, but the show was amazing none the less (Tom Keifer told the crowd that his voice was strained, but he chose to go on tour to make all of us Cinderella fans happy! Awesome!). In addition to playing “Fallin’ Apart at the Seams,” the band also played classic hits such as “Don’t Know What You Got,” “Gypsey Road,” “Shake Me,” “Push Push,” “Shelter Me,” “Heartbreak Station,” and “Coming Home.” Even with Tom’s strained voice, the band sounded awesome, and the crowd loved every minute of their performance.

After Cinderella completed their set, the roadies cleared the stage in preparation for Poison. Eventually the lights dimmed, and Bret Michaels, CC Deville, Rikki Rockett and Bobby Dall popped up out of nowhere to perform “Look What the Cat Dragged In.” The guys sounded incredible, and I had a blast watching CC Deville jam on the guitar. The band played most of their hits, including “Unskinny Bob,” “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn,” “Your Momma Don’t Dance,” “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” “Talk Dirty to Me,” “Fallen Angel,” and “Something To Believe In.” Each hit sounded just like it did back in the 1980s, and I have to say I enjoyed listening to Poison (I was never a huge fan of their music).

Once the show was over and we found our car (we thought we lost it), I met some cool folks and reminisced about the hair band music that made the 1980s the century of rock. The show was a blast, and I would have to say I loved every minute of Cinerella’s performance. They have tons of hits, and are well worth seeing live.

3 thoughts on “Concert review: Cinderella & Poison”

  1. Hey ! I saw them up here in VA too. It was my first concert for both bands but I was always a BIG fan. Poison kicked ass and Tom did have some problems screaming out those notes, but those are some harsh notes to hit. To me, these guys are true rockers and true artists. To be able to bring it to the table after all these years is amazing. I’m also going to see Motley Crue and Aerosmith in September. I missed the Monsters of Rock tour back in the 80’s but I guess I’m making my own version of it this summer. And it gives my ears a break too.. hehe.. Now if the original Warrant would tour…

    Take care and love the blog…


  2. Heh heh, quality blog entry :-) Just cued up iTunes to see what I could find (these were all my bands too :-)) – “Nothin’ but a good time” has many a fond memory for me.

    Now, to find some Mötley Crüe before bed… :-)

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