Saturday Night: Def Leppard, Poison & Lita Ford at The Woodlands
Lita Ford kicked off Saturday evening with her blazing cover of Elton John's "The Bitch Is Back." Considering the interview Rocks Off did with her this past week (above), this was a very appropriate song for her to open her set.
Ford sounds and looks as great as she did in the '80s, and played two songs from her new album, Living Like a Runaway: "Relentless" and the title track. I must say, she was right with what she said in our interview -- those songs do translate well live. At the end of her set, Ford received a standing ovation. If Saturday night is any indication of her future, she is back and ready to roll.
Poison started their set with "Look What the Cat Dragged In." Great front men ooze charisma, something that was not in short supply for lead singer Bret Michaels, who also took time to thank the men and women in the military and announced his upcoming appearance on Celebrity Apprentice: Allstars.
Needless to say, though, guitarist C.C. Deville nearly stole the show with his solo on Poison's version of Loggins & Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance." Even that was nothing compared to what he did on "Nothin' But a Good Time," by which point the audience had reached fever-pitch proportions.
In fact, Saturday's crowd was very receptive to Poison by nearly singing along to every song they did. Their set was one big high-octane hit parade, which the audience and myself loved. During the lighter-friendly anthem, "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," Michaels said "26 years and I still got chills on my arm."
Surprisingly enough, though, Poison didn't perform that many ballads.