The rock and metal bands using backing tracks has been a huge topic over the recent years. There have been mixed opinions regarding the matter. There have been questions about how far it is acceptable for groups to rely on anything other than their live instruments. Recently, Poison frontman Bret Michaels weighed in his opinion on the matter just ahead of the band’s anticipated stadium tour with Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard.
Bret Michaels shares his take on the matter
The singer went on to snub the claims that the band uses backing tracks live. He spoke about the matter honestly. He further discussed their sound checking process and here is what he had to say:
“I warm up. I do stuff… Because let’s be really honest — the fans are traveling; they’re coming out to see you; they want a good show. For me, I wanna put on a badass show — I wanna sing good, I wanna sound good. And you’ve gotta remember, with Poison or the Bret Michaels [solo] band, we don’t use anything — there’s nothing going on. There’s no backing tracks.”
“We sit at soundcheck and work on those harmonies, we work on making it sound good. That’s what I set out to be, was a musician, so you’ve gotta be able to bring it. And there’s a few times — I’m not gonna lie to you… You’re doing… One stretch I was doing solo [dates] and Poison [shows], and I did 14 in a row. And that beat my voice up pretty good. But then I had to take a little medication, got through it, for the voice, and then had a day off and got it to heal. And I’m good to go.”