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Christopher Long’s A Shot of Poison Gets Tenth Anniversary Reboot!

A Shot of Poison Cover
“Another Shot of Poison . . .”

It seems like a lifetime ago that I was writing a monthly column (for the now long-defunct Request magazine) called Doctor Feelgood: A Remedy for the Rocks In Your Head, in which I discussed the continuing careers of various beloved ’80s Hair Metal Bands. During those years, I became friendly with a lot of musicians, including Rikki Rockett, drummer for the band Poison. It was this connection, I believe, that prompted an industry friend, Christopher Long, to ask if I would contribute the foreword to a tell-all book he was writing about the band, based on his experiences touring with them as a tech to bassist Bobby Dall. Coincidentally, a story I had just heard from another musician friend that had something to do with the band’s road cases provided me with unique creative inspiration to write that introduction, and Chris just flipped out when he read it, so it all worked out. You can read a little preview I wrote on A Shot of Poison when it was first published in 2010 right here.

Chris emailed me recently to let me know A Shot of Poison is being re-published in an updated version for its 10th Anniversary, and that my foreword would remain a part of the book, which is nice to hear. The new ‘Director’s Cut‘ edition dropped yesterday and is surely worth picking up for anyone who would love to get the dirt on a rock band as polarizing as Poison. I asked Chris if he would like to give me a quote on why he decided to update the story and here’s what he said:

“Since I was a kid, I’ve craved insider rock and roll books — a passion first fueled by Bob Greene’s Billion Dollar Baby — the riveting bestseller that recounted Greene’s unique first-hand experiences while touring with the Alice Cooper Band in 1973. A Shot of Poison came as a result of my own rather eye-opening personal experiences while touring with the band Poison in the early 2000s. Recently, I was inspired by author Anna-Marie O’Brien‘s dazzling debut memoir, Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian. A music industry insider, also with an amazing personal story, O’Brien ‘showed’ me that, while the original 2010 version of A Shot of Poison offered plenty of underbelly insights, I may have missed the bigger ‘story factor.’

In short order, I had a conversation with my publisher and it was decided that the 10th Anniversary was a perfect time to revisit the book — give it a good polishing and expand the narrative to include my array of Poison-related experiences that have played out since the release of the first edition. I think it’s a pretty solid reboot!”

A Shot of Poison: The Directors Cut is now available at Amazon or directly from CG Publishing (for a few bucks less) at This Link.

Win a VIP Weekend at Lollapalooza Chicago from Maestro Dobel Tequila

Perry Farrel and Maestro Dobel

Legendary music festival Lollapalooza is coming to Chicago’s Grant Park August 2-4, 2013 and tickets are already sold out. But ultra-premium tequila maker Maestro Dobel is currently holding a photo contest on Facebook and will give two lucky grand prize winners a VIP weekend experience for two at the much-anticipated event, complete with two VIP Lollapalooza Passes, roundtrip airfare to Chicago, hotel accommodations for three nights and $500 in cash. To enter the contest, participants age 21 or older must “Like” Maestro Dobel on Facebook and upload a photo and description of a Rock Star Moment – however one defines that – from his or her life using the form provided. Entrants are then encouraged to have friends and family  for their entry. The contest, which celebrates Dobel spokesman and Lollapalooza Founder Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction and gives fans a chance to experience his devil-may-care lifestyle for a weekend, is now live on Dobel’s Facebook Page and will run through July 18th.

In addition to receiving a ringside seat to see 130 of the best bands in the world, each winner and his or her friend will receive a true VIP experience that includes access to all VIP areas, golf cart shuttle transportation, viewing platforms with premium sightlines to take in all the rock-and-roll action, complimentary food and specialty beverages from Lollapalooza sponsors (including Maestro Dobel), reserved air-conditioned restrooms and shaded lounge seating.

Contest entries must include a photo that depicts a Rock and Roll Moment at a concert, having fun with friends – or any suitable image that unmistakably says, “This contestant rocks!” Participants must also provide a title for their photo entry and a short description that tells why he or she should win. Contestants can then share their entry and invite their friends to vote for it on Maestro Dobel’s Facebook Page. Entries will be judged by their creativity and the number of votes each receives.

To enter the contest, please visit Maestro Dobel’s special contest tab on their Facebook page at This Link. Learn more about ultra-premium Maestro Dobel Tequila, which can be found at multiple distributors and retail stores throughout the United States and in select countries worldwide, at http://www.maestrodobel.com. Find out more about Lollapalooza at http://www.lollapalooza.com.