31 years ago this week, Poison rocked the Cumberland County Civic Center on the Open Up and Say…Ahh! Tour. This was Bret, C.C., Bobby, and Rikki at the height of their glam-slam hair-metal powers.  

Open Up and Say…Ahh! was a platinum record by the time Poison returned to Blimpville on February 17, 1989.

With the strength of the singles Nothin’ but a Good Time, Fallen Angel, and the number one song Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Poison’s third trip to Portland was their first sold-out show here.

WBLM hosted a pretty big after-show meet-n-greet for Blimpsters with the band after the show. We don’t think any of us made it home before 1am that night. The guys in Poison were in a great mood and very friendly, especially with the ladies.

Helping to ensure a capacity crowd was opening band, Tesla. They had just released their second album, The Great Radio Controversy.


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