Joe Elliott: "I don’t think anyone in Poison uses their real name, do they?"
Joe: "I don’t think anyone in Poison uses their real name, do they?"
From their official website HERE / Joe Elliot / "Whoah boys, slow down!!!
"Well, Brett has a point, we DID lip-synch on Dancing With The Stars…..absolutely…..a show they’d love to be on no doubt! But it was two-fold. One, the nature of the show didn’t lean towards a full live performance, too many restrictions, so we lip synched – the way ALL artists do when they shoot videos (and the same as we did on American Bandstand 25 years ago, and every time we did Top Of The Pops, dozens of times, so to us Englishmen, it’s no big deal). Two, I had a severe respritory infection, as highlighted by my croaking through the (absolutely 100% live!) Ellen Show performance the day before! My throat doctor (Dr. Sugarman, possibly Brett’s doctor too!) advised me NOT to sing for a week, but these shows were all on the week our new album was released, so canceling wasn’t an option…..hence my rather again croaky performance on Live With Jimmy Kimmel the next night!
"I was simply making the following simple point when I said a lot of those Hollywood bands weren’t "real" (or whatever I said)….. I was born Joseph Elliott, Sav was born Richard Savage, Rick was born Richard Allen, Phil was born Philip Collen, Viv was born Vivian Campbell, and oh, Steve was born Stephen Clark. I don’t think anyone in Poison uses their real name, do they? And I could name hundreds of others who don’t, but Poison came to mind because I was asked about them! It’s nothing personal, it was just an answer to a question.
"As for being "crucified" for lip synching, one DJ on KLOS doesn’t worry me, however, a top 5 entry in the Billboard album chart the week after and very healthy ticket sales seems to lean towards the fact that most of our fans knew that I was sick and that I "took one for the team" as it were. Calm down boys, you’ve heard worse, no?!
"Hey…..Rikki implies we’re miming on tour?! HA!!! Well, he’s welcome to come see us anytime he wants… Obviously not used to hearing a good band very often then is he??
"Also, glitter rock may well have been re-christened in the 80’s by er, someone in Hollywood, but trust me, I WAS THERE in 1972 in the UK, when Bowie, Bolan, Slade, Sweet etc….. ruled with GLAM ROCK! Check out some old mags and you’ll see for yourself. I’m no historian, just a big fan, but sorry Rikki (excuse me if I’ve spelled that wrong though!), you’re wrong here mate….very wrong! As you might say yourself, chill dude, just shootin’ the shit…..!
"PS: Rikki — John Lennon is dead, in case no no told you….. And ‘Elliott’ is spelled with 2 ‘T’s….."
Actually Joe in Poison’s defense, for the most part – yes they do use their (first) birth names. Except for CC.
Bret Michaels, was born Bret Michael Sychak, Bobby Dall, was born Robert (Bobby) Harry Kuykendall, Rikki Rockett, was born Richard (Rich, Rick or Ricky) Alan Ream, and CC DeVille, was born Bruce Anthony Johannssen.
Fact is Joe, you didn’t talk about the bands "silly stage names", you talked about their "image" and music HERE saying it had no substance Now you’re claiming they use fake names so they must not be music worthy.
Maybe Nikki Sixx, Ozzy Osbourne, Blackie Lawless, Madonna, Eminem, Kid Rock, and Zakk Wylde have nothing to offer the music world either. I mean in your eyes, they’re using fake names so they must not be worth a shit?
Just for shits n’ giggles, HERE is a video of Poison lip synching live in Chile.
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