Bret Michaels and Poison are being sued by former members of a Chicago band for allegedly stealing songs or parts of songs back in the 1980s. The Hollywood Reporter says a suit filed last week by members of now defunct band Kid Rocker alleges some of their songs were “incorporated by Poison in their own work” including Talk Dirty To Me, I Won’t Forget You, Fallen Angel and Ride the Wind.
[photogallerylink id=48799 align=right]In the suit, former Kid Rocker members Billy McCarthy and James Stonich allege Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille auditioned for their band in 1984 before he joined Poison and “he was given a number of the band’s studio tapes.” The suit demands profits from the songs in question and an requests an injunction to prevent Michaels and Poison from performing the tracks.
When the lawyer for the plaintiffs was asked why it took so long to bring this case, Daniel Voelker told the Hollywood Reporter, it’s a “good question,” without going into an explanation. Voelker claims every time Poison sells a new album or performs one of these songs, it’s a breach of his clients’ rights, and they are now looking to reach back and collect money from infringements made from the 1980′s onward.
Here’s Bret And Company doing what they do best:
Bret sings at the Rock N Roll marathon 2010 in Las Vegas:
The Fallen Angel video:
And a little live Unskinny Bop: