“I had it all at one time, but I don’t think I was ready or able to handle it.

Now, I’ve been given a second chance, and I’m not taking any of it for granted.” Settled in at home, De Ville spoke candidly with Vintage Guitar, revealing how his attitudes toward music and life have changed, and discussing the past, present, and future of Poison and his solo band, the Stepmothers.

The original lineup split following the release of Swallow This Live in ’91, and had not performed together since.

Everyone was off in different places and finishing different things.

By the time we finally did get together, I figured it would be better to do a tour, instead of trying to record an album.

In the ’80s, mainstream guitar mags focused on players with berchops, and generally discredited De Ville.

But this time around his playing is being critiqued by new audiences – and he’s receiving the credit he deserves.

And while it was obvious Poison fans missed him, the band may have missed him most.

“I feel like I’m the luckiest guy in the world,” he exclaims.

It’s rewarding when it comes out great, but it’s hell when things aren’t coming out the way you want.

What I wanted was to be able to go out and tour with songs we had down.

Vintage Guitar: How does Poison in ’99 compare to Poison in the ’80s? De Ville: This time around, because of what happened, everyone’s egos has disappeared.

What’s different about the relationships between band members? In that respect, the band is getting along much better now than we ever did.

Now it’s just okay for them to say that I’m “alright.” But it certainly wasn’t like that 10 years ago.