Eventually, Matt Smith tired of the band's struggle to find fame and returned home. Local publicity about the band eventually led to a record deal with Enigma Records, and their first album, Look What the Cat Dragged In.It did not see great success until 1987, when Michaels convinced the band to film a video for their song, "Talk Dirty to Me".Michaels performed on the American Idol season 9 finale on May 26 against his doctor's recommendation.Michaels also performed a duet of "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" with Miley Cyrus on the June 18, 2010 episode Good Morning America.
Michaels began playing the guitar as a teenager, forming a band with drummer Rikki Rockett, bass player Bobby Dall and original guitarist and creative force, David Besselman.
Michaels has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including as a judge on the talent show Nashville Star.
He starred in the hit VH1 reality show Rock of Love with Bret Michaels and its sequels, then released Rock My World.
The album went platinum, and the band became famous.
In March of that year, Poison headlined a show at Madison Square Garden.