Gone Today, Hair Tomorrow

One man's Poison is another band's comeback

Michaels and his bandmates see some hope, particularly now that a metal resurgence seems to be in full swing, with last summer's Lollapalooza fest headlined by Metallica. And DeVille is now back fresh from drug rehab. "This is my career," Michaels says. "This is what I do, no matter how high or low the popularity goes. And you know what? I don't have any choice in the matter. I continue on to do the best I can."

That means Poison remains an ongoing concern, whether it's back in front of tens of thousands on an arena-rock tour ("Hello, Oakland!") or "Unskinny Bop" three times nightly for the old folks in Laughlin, Nevada. The future is less certain than it was back at the dry cleaner's, when a rehearsal meant no makeup, no jewelry, no fireworks, just four young dudes jamming ecstatically through a simple rock tune.

This time, though, Poison is undecided about makeup. Rockett is inclined to put his back on. "People want the cool cliches," Rockett says. "But I don't think they want the cheesy ones.

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