Poison | Seven Days Live (Cherry Red)

I soon realized that this video was not going to be the all-out drug-and-sex fest that I was hoping to observe.

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Poison, one of the ’80s’ premiere glam rock acts, has released Seven Days Live, a live DVD of a 1993 concert in London’s Hammersmith Apollo theater. To begin, let me clue you in that I am a huge Poison fan. Knowing full well the amount of energy and passion in every Poison show, I was more than excited to review this DVD.

I soon realized that this video was not going to be the all-out drug-and-sex fest that I was hoping to observe. Instead, it consists of only concert footage; there are no extras included. No backstage shenanigans, no footage of the band partying with the locals and then throwing up, no comedic outtakes, no hordes of scantily clad women vying for the band’s attention, and most disappointingly, no footage of the band hooking up with their shifty friends to get “the stuff.” Then the other shoe dropped: Richie Kotzen is in the band. Poison is and always will be Bret, Bobby, Rikki, and C.C. This must have been filmed after the band kicked C.C. out and let Kotzen take over the reins.

The concert footage itself does a fine job representing what a Poison concert feels like. Despite some shabby camera shots, the music and energy is undeniably Poison. They pulled out several of their hits, including “Ride the Wind,” “Look What the Cat Dragged in,” and “Talk Dirty to Me,” allowing me to turn a blind eye to some of their not so impressive songs. The majority of the 15 songs included—complete with an extended drum solo—do help the Poison fanatic relive the band’s glory days.

Seven Days Live triumphs in showing how this band keeps on rocking no matter what trend the music industry latches onto, but it fails to give the true blue Poison fan any new information. The only new thing I learned is that London has its fair share of trampy girls with gnarly teeth and an overabundance of men with mullets. The Midwest and London have more in common than I realized.

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