It may seem a bit odd that two classic groups that were engaged in a verbal feud not long ago would decide to join forces for a tour this coming summer, but that’s the way things are looking as Poison’s Bret Michaels recently revealed while talking with CNN.
It was just last summer when some comments made by Joe Elliott during a press conference sparked a public spat between Elliott and some members of Poison. Elliott’s comments indicated that bands like Poison and Motley Crue used their image to cover up the substance that was missing from their music. Bret Michaels himself responded by calling Def Leppard out for appearing on the popular TV dance show Dancing With The Stars and lip-synching their performance.
Elliot appeared to offer an olive branch a bit later on when he explained via the band’s web site that he had nothing personal against Poison and was making reference to groups who use stage names and other Hollywood-style practices that made them appear less genuine.
It now appears certain that the rift between Elliott and Poison is something they have put behind them, and the news that they plan to tour together may come as a surprise to many fans after last summer’s incident. In fact, listening to Michaels, one might get the impression that Def Leppard and Poison are now best buddies.
Some of Michael’s recent comments included statements such as: “I’m very passionate about the music I make — and when you can be out on the road with people you like — I’ve been able to go out with Aerosmith, KISS, Skynyrd — and to be out with Def Leppard and Poison this summer, I think that it’s gonna be the tour of the summer.”
Michaels talks about the Def Leppard-Poison tour around the 9 minute and 40 second mark in the video below.