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Look what the lawyers dragged in; Poison sued for alleged plagiarism

80's hair/glam band PoisonMembers of Poison have been hit with a lawsuit claiming that four of their songs were stolen from another band.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Illinois federal court, isn’t over recently created work, but rather over old hits, including “Talk Dirty To Me,” “I Won’t Forget You,” “Fallen Angel” and “Ride the Wind.”

The plaintiffs in this new case are Billy McCarthy and James Stonich, who were members of a Chicago band known as Kid Rocker. This band was formerly signed to Atlantic Records and is said to have been a favorite on the Hollywood club scene in the early-1980s. During those years, they created a number of songs, including “Hit and Run” and “Wham Bam Slammin’ Romance,” which are said to have later been incorporated by Poison in their own work.

According to the plaintiffs, in 1984, before guitarist C.C. DeVille joined Poison, he auditioned for Kid Rocker. During this time, he allegedly was shown completed and formatted songs and was lent master-recorded studio tapes. Kid Rocker disbanded that year, but McCarthy purportedly presented songs for DeVille’s use as a member of another band, Screamin’ Mimis. Then DeVille joined Poison, and the rest is history. In 2004 McCarthy was asked by Sleaze Roxx how much of a hand he had in writing “Talk Dirty To Me” and replied, “I was the only hand in the arrangement–which Poison karaoke’d off Screamin Mimi’s version. If others differ, I’m waiting to hear or see it.” Poison became one of the stars of the glam era as their debut album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, sold approximately 4 million copies.

Now, 25 years later, McCarthy and Stonich are suing members of Poison plus Capitol Records and EMI Music for allegedly infringing the copyright on their songs. The plaintiffs are demanding disgorgement of all profits from the songs in question, statutory damages for willful infringement, and an injunction that prevents Poison and Michaels from performing this allegedly stolen material.

Guns N’ Roses 2011 US Tour Dates

Guns N' RosesGuns N’ Roses announced just recently that they’ll be touring the US for the first time in 5 years. Axl and the boys are said to be performing two and a half our shows playing all of GNR’s hits.

The current incarnation of Guns N’ Roses is: Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums).

Tour Dates:

Friday, 28 October 2011 – Orlando FL – Amway Center

Saturday, 29 October 2011 – Miami FL – American Airlines Arena

Monday, 31 October 2011 – Greenville SC – BI-LO Center

Wednesday, 02 November 2011 – Atlanta GA – Philips Arena

Friday, 04 November 2011 – Houston TX – Toyota Center

Saturday, 05 November 2011 – Dallas TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 – Omaha NE – CenturyLink Center Omaha

Wednesday, 09 November 2011 – Norman OK – Lloyd Noble Center

Saturday, 12 November 2011 – Kansas City MO – Sprint Center

Sunday, 13 November 2011 – Minneapolis MN – Target Center

Tuesday, 15 November 2011 – Rosemont IL – Allstate Arena

Thursday, 17 November 2011 – East Rutherford NJ – Izod Center

Saturday, 19 November 2011 – Hartford CT – Comcast Theater

Sunday, 20 November 2011 Wilkes-Barre PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

Wednesday, 23 November 2011 – Albany NY – Times Union Center

Friday, 25 November 2011 – Worcester MA – DCU Center

Saturday, 26 November 2011 – Camden NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

Thursday, 01 December 2011 – Auburn Hills MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

Friday, 02 December 2011 – Cincinnati OH – U.S. Bank Arena

Sunday, 04 December 2011 – Nashville TN – Bridgestone Arena

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 – Youngstown OH – Covelli Centre

For more info, check out GunsNRoses.com.


Former Warrant lead singer Jani Lane found dead

Jani Lane formerly of the 80's band WarrantJani Lane, the former lead singer of the 1980’s glam metal band Warrant, has been found dead in a Woodland Hills, California hotel. He was 47.

The body of the singer, whose real name was John Kennedy Oswald, was discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills Thursday night.

Police say the cause of death has not yet released.

According to the celebrity website TMZ, Lane, 47, had a history of alcohol-related issues including a DUI charge in 2010, which he served 120 days in jail. See also TMZ’s “Remembering Jani Lane” photo montage.

Warrant’s first two albums, “Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich” in 1989 and “Cherry Pie” in 1990, sold more than two million copies each, making them the band’s most successful work.

Lane later left the bad to pursue a solo career and released his first album, appropriately called “Back Down to One,” in 2003.

On the singer’s website, Lane reminds his fans that “everyday above ground is a gift and I’m truly grateful for each and every one of you!!!”

In recent years, he appeared in VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club. The singer is survived by his ex-wife Bobbie Brown and his 19-year-old daughter, Taylor.

Rockers Slash, Nikki Sixx, and Steven Adler (former drummer of Guns N’ Roses) have paid tribute to former Warrant star Jani Lane.

Lane’s rock peers were stunned by the tragic news, and have taken to their Twitter pages to express their grief over his passing.

Bret Michaels (via Twitter) tells fans, “We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss.”

Sixx states (via Twitter), “I just heard the sad news about Janie (sic) Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP”, while Adler adds, “Jani Lane, you were a great talent. The world will miss you. R.I.P. my brother.”

In a post on his page on the microblogging site, Slash writes, “Just heard about Jani Lane. What a shame. RIP man.”