May 13th, 2012
Members of Alice in Chains onstage with Poison, early ’90s. (Photo via Metal Sludge; H/T MetalSucks)"In ’91, I got Alice in Chains to play a bunch of Northwest dates with [Poison]. All I knew was they were starting to break out big. I had a little studio at my house in Malibu, and in probably ’93, Jerry and those guys came out and we sang, wrote music, partied, had a good time. I was talkin’ to Jerry, and we both addressed how now there was supposed to be this anger and hatred between us. I said, ‘We don’t hate each other, right?’ We both laughed, and he goes, ‘I grew up on Sabbath and Kiss.’ And I said, ‘Me, too.’ And he said, ‘I know we’re supposed to not like each other, but you’re a cool dude.’ We were laughing about the media portraying us as such enemies. If you like somebody, you like somebody.”—Poison singer Bret Michaels, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge

Members of Alice in Chains onstage with Poison, early ’90s. (Photo via Metal Sludge; H/T MetalSucks)

"In ’91, I got Alice in Chains to play a bunch of Northwest dates with [Poison]. All I knew was they were starting to break out big. I had a little studio at my house in Malibu, and in probably ’93, Jerry and those guys came out and we sang, wrote music, partied, had a good time. I was talkin’ to Jerry, and we both addressed how now there was supposed to be this anger and hatred between us. I said, ‘We don’t hate each other, right?’ We both laughed, and he goes, ‘I grew up on Sabbath and Kiss.’ And I said, ‘Me, too.’ And he said, ‘I know we’re supposed to not like each other, but you’re a cool dude.’ We were laughing about the media portraying us as such enemies. If you like somebody, you like somebody.”

—Poison singer Bret Michaels, from Everybody Loves Our Town: An Oral History of Grunge

June 17th, 2011
When I heard ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ I’m goin’, ‘Well goddamn, what a great song.’ Someone forgot to send me the memo that I’m supposed to be hating this or threatened by it. My career didn’t end with grunge. My career with the media ended with grunge. Most bands get a couple-year window to slowly die down. The media didn’t kinda shut us off. They completely shut us off.
from my interview with Poison’s Bret Michaels
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