Timothy R. Wolfrum of BradentonHerald.com
recently conducted an interview with POISON bassist Bobby Dall. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow.
On continuing to play "the hits" during the band's live performances:
"People will ask you to play something new, something different. I have to say to people, 'OK, you want me to play 'Flesh and Blood', but does that mean I do not play 'Talk Dirty to Me'? They want something new, but they don't want to give up something old."
On how he considers POISON to be one of the five seminal pop-metal acts to emerge from the 1980s:
"Out of that genre, we were one of the leaders. We've had enough hits and songs and established ourselves as a headliner long enough that we are one of the success stories that have come out of that era.
"This is a cyclical business. How many disco bands were there? The BEE GEES really were the great one, and that's why they still exist. It doesn't matter what genre you come from. In grunge, which followed us, there were 100 bands, but only three or four were great. Those three or four are the ones you remember. . . . I think our songs have stood the test of time. That's why we're the band we are. I won't apologize for it."
On a 1999 interview with outspoken ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, who is now opening for POISON, in which Bach went out of his way to distance himself from so-called hair bands, saying, "SKID ROW fans are not POISON fans":
"I'm not the one eating my words. I have no animosity myself; I never did. Sebastian obviously did at one point. He's had to eat a little bit of crow. That's his issue to deal with, not mine. I wish him well. When it was convenient for him to say the things he wanted to say, he said that. Now he's opening for my band. So be it."
On POISON singer Bret Michaels' budding television career:
"Bret does what Bret does. I don't have to necessarily always agree with it personally. I think some of the things that he does benefit POISON; some of them don't. But no press is bad press. It's that type of business."