Tuesday will probably be quite a stressful day for C.C. DeVille, the lead guitarist for Poison.

The band is opening its 20th anniversary tour at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center, the start of a 10-week birthday celebration across the United States with fellow former hair band Cinderella.

After 20 years, the guys (lead singer and guitarist Bret Michaels, drummer Rikki Rockett and bassist Bobby Dall) probably don’t get nervous before gigs. But for DeVille, the show will be yet another test of his sobriety.

DeVille carved out a new niche in Hollywood recently when he finished up with rehab, having kicked a longtime alcohol addiction, and hopped a ride directly to “The Surreal Life 6” house. A new fan base of VH1 TV viewers developed crushes on the improved DeVille, whose wackiness was at an endearing level 6 rather than the usual 91⁄2.

Collective “Awww”s were uttered as Florence Henderson — house hypnotherapist to the cast of “Oh, I think I remember that guy” celebrities — told DeVille how proud she was of DeVille’s life change and positive direction. In early May, as the season winded down, Henderson analyzed each cast member during “Flo’s Final Word.”

Throughout the show, as the cast members were forced to do uncomfortable “Surreal Life” style challenges such as host their own talk shows and make a music video, DeVille nervously repeated how much easier the challenges would be if he could just have a drink.

But he also made it known why he’ll never go back.

“I found myself in my own vomit many times, and sometimes in someone else’s vomit,” he said on camera.

DeVille made a wise decision when he called “The Surreal Life” looking for a spot in the house to help boost his career, as was reported by the New York Post. Fans who weren’t Poison enthusiasts before will likely buy tickets to the band’s anniversary concert this summer just to see DeVille on stage.

The spotlight, however, adds even more pressure to make the tour a success and to do it sober. And it all starts Tuesday in Mankato.

Eric Jones of the Civic Center said Poison kicked off its 2003 tour in Mankato, too. The band also played the Civic Center with Dokkyn, Slaughter and Cinderella in 2000.

Jones said the look of the band has changed in the last 20 years. There’s less hair, spandex and makeup. But the show is exactly

the same.

“It’s a great show,” he said. “They spare no expense in the show. There’s fireworks and lights ... it’s a Poison show like you would have seen 20 years ago.”

“The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock” was released in April and includes a new version of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band.” The band released its debut album, “Look What the Cat Dragged In” in May 2006. The album went multi-platinum.

Some of their best-known singles from the late 1980s and early 1990s are “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Nothin’ But a Good Time,” “Every Rose Has its Thorn,” “Your Mamma Don’t Dance” and “Something To Believe In.”

Poison will appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Friday.

If You Go


Poison “20 Years of Rock” with guest Cinderella


7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Midwest Wireless Civic Center in Mankato


$31.50 and $41.50, available at the Civic Center ticket

office and all ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 625-7919 or order online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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