Michaels began playing the guitar as a teenager, forming a band with drummer Rikki Rockett, bass player Bobby Dall and original guitarist and creative force, David Besselman.The lead guitarist who actually introduced Brett to Rikki and Bobby, soon left the band due to creative differences.Despite a three-year spell of inactivity, which has led to some sniping in the press, Bret Michaels insists that Poison is still together.
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The band then hired Matt Smith and formed the band Paris in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania in 1983.
After playing the Pennsylvania bar circuit, in early 1984 they moved to Los Angeles to seek fame on the Sunset Boulevard scene, eventually changing their name to Poison.
“I’m just thinking of reuniting all of the original – ’cause we can’t go out with all of the original guys.
It’s gotta be CC [Deville], Bobby [Dall] and myself and I think we’re going to have to throw a mega Poison summer bash together next year.” Poison’s last tour took place in 2012.