Concert Review: Poison, Cinderella, Dokken and Slaughter @ the Polaris Amphitheatre, 6/21/00

I’m fairly open about the fact that A) I like 80s hair/glam rock and B) I pretty much completely missed the entire thing the first time around. Sure, I taped some songs off the radio, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Gun ‘n Roses; the big bands. But I didn’t know the albums, the band members, etc.

By the time the 90s rolled around, I was fully into alternative rock. It wasn’t until the late 90s, thanks to my friend Keith and J, that I even started listening to bands that we ended up seeing at this show.

While most of the hair/glam rock bands died off with the landscape shift to alternative, a few soldiered on. Oddly enough, Poison was one of them. While being one of the most superfluous, they also built a dedicated fan base that carried them through the lean times.

By the time 2000 rolled around, alternative was dead and replaced by equal parts nu-metal, grunge-lite (Creed, Nickleback, etc.) and teen pop, and the idea of having a good time at a rock concert seemed quaint.

Prior to the show, I was well aware of Poison and knew the hits by the other bands, but that was about it. Slaughter and Dokken left little impression, and Poison was over-the-top in a way that I can only imagine KISS concert of the 70s must have been like. Cinderella, however, was the takeaway from this show. Besides song after kick-ass song, the band had perfected the art of the 360 degree guitar and bass spin, something I had never seen before.

What can I say, I’m easily amused.

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