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Bret Michaels stopped by SiriusXM’s Hair Nation recently, and during the chat with host Tommy London he talked about Poison’s early days, including how one of their first touring vehicles was actually an ambulance. “We had an ambulance van because Rikki [Rockett]'s dad worked as an EMT. We had a Chevette and we had a green Ford pickup truck," Michaels said. "We eventually made our way, all the way into almost L.A. and our van broke down. We had to tow it.” 

The singer also discussed how the band routinely snuck around Los Angeles at night to hang flyers for their shows and self-funded their first album.

“It was hustle,” Michaels said. “There's this thing inside you that you find. There are so many talented bands. You know what stops a lot of people? I call it the wall. You hit that wall or that door and every time we hit a door or wall, we either climbed over it, punched our way through it, kicked a door open. And we found a way. It was never exactly like you wanted it to be, but you found a way to get it done.

“Like raising the money, convincing people we were gonna have a hit record. We had to believe it before they were gonna believe it. And I always told people, no matter what it is you want to do in life, bet on yourself. You gotta. I have to bet on me before anyone else is gonna bet. So what happened is we go in to do this album [Look What the Cat Dragged In] and we had hit so many walls that we just decided we were gonna make this happen. 

He continued, "One of the biggest blessings that came from that is we held all of our publishing. I didn’t know that was the gem. We had been offered these really small offers and we're like, ‘We're already poor. Let's just stay here and just hold on to controlling our career.’ I go back to this now and that ended up being the biggest gem for Poison is we kept all the publishing and just did an administration deal.”

You can check out the interview below, courtesy of SiriusXM’s Hair Nation.

As previously announced, Michaels’ will be heading out on the 2023 Parti Gras tour with special guests Night Ranger and Jefferson Starship, with special appearances from Steve Augeri (former lead singer of Journey) and Mark McGrath (Sugar Ray), plus a nightly surprise guest. You can get more details here.