Poison is an American rock band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s through the mid-1990s. After 30 years, the band is still recording music and performing.
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Poison sold over 45 million records worldwide with 15 million of those in the United States. The band also charted ten singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, including six Top 10 singles and the Hot 100 number-one, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn”. The band’s breakthrough debut album, the multi-platinum Look What the Cat Dragged In, was released in 1986 and they hit their peak with their second album, Open Up and Say… Ahh!, which became the band’s most successful album and their popularity continued with their third consecutive multi-platinum selling album, Flesh & Blood.
In the 1990s following the release of the band’s first live album, Swallow This Live, the band experienced some line up changes and the fall of pop metal with the grunge movement. But despite a drop in popularity the band’s fourth studio album, Native Tongue, still achieved Gold status and the band’s first compilation album, Poison’s Greatest Hits: 1986–1996, went double platinum.
In the 2000s the band found new popularity after a successful greatest hits reunion tour in 1999 and the release of the long-awaited Crack a Smile… and More!, followed by the Power to the People album. The band toured almost every year to sold out stadiums and arenas. They released a brand new album, Hollyweird, in 2002 and in 2006 the band celebrated their 20-year anniversary with The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock tour and album, which was certified Gold. Band members have released several solo albums and starred in successful reality TV shows. After 30 years, the band is still recording music and performing.
Since their debut in 1986, they have released seven studio albums, four live albums, five compilation albums, and have issued 28 singles to radio.