DeVille (May 14, 1962) was born Bruce Anthony Johannesson in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York.
His interest in music began at age two while watching The Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. DeVille began playing the guitar at the age of five after he was given a $27 Japanese Telecaster copy. As his love of music grew, he began listening to bands such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Queen, and especially Kiss.
DeVille's audition impressed drummer Rikki Rockett and bassist Bobby Dall, but angered vocalist Bret Michaels. DeVille refused to play the songs that had been given to him as preparation, and instead jammed with a guitar riff he had written.
The riff, which would eventually be
featured in the Poison single "Talk Dirty to Me", would ultimately launch the band's career. Slash, who would go onto fame with Guns N' Roses, also auditioned for the position and made it to the final three, but lost to DeVille; Slash acknowledged discomfort with Poison's image when Rikki Rockett suggested that Slash wear make-up and change his clothing style.
DeVille co-wrote Poison's debut album with Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, and Rikki Rockett. Look What the Cat Dragged In was released on August 2, 1986. It included the hits "Talk Dirty to Me", "I Want Action", and "I Won't Forget You".
Sales for the album topped 3 million copies in the United States. DeVille also wrote much of the material for Poison's second album, the multi-platinum selling, Open Up And Say... Ahh!, which was released on May 21, 1988 and would ultimately go on to sell 8 million copies worldwide . It included the hit song "Nothin' But a Good Time", co-written by DeVille.
Why is C.C. DeVille famous?
C. C. DeVille is the lead guitarist of the American glam metal band Poison.
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DeVille regained contact with his ex-bandmates from Poison in 1998 and made a successful return to the band for the Greatest Hits reunion tour in 1999. DeVille continues to record and perform with Poison.
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