C.C. Deville On Image

“I always wanted a superhero alter ego that would give me poetic license to live a bizarre lifestyle—one that was so bananas,” says Bruce Anthony Cecil Johannesson, a.k.a. C.C. DeVille. “Growing up, it seemed that rock stars such as Jimmy Page and Eddie Van Halen were bigger than movie stars, because an actor depends on a role, while a rock star is actually living a reality where anything goes.
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The excessive rock and roll, and in-your-face, decadent punk that I grew up with in the ’70s inspired me. The attitude was ‘I’m going to do what I want—like wear makeup and crazy clothes—and it doesn’t matter what anybody says about it!’ That meant there were no limits on the music, either. I was open to experimentation of all kinds when I was in Poison, and my guitar playing probably reflected that, but I always had a sense for melodic pop songs. Of course, we’ve all toned down the makeup these days. It may look cool and sexy when you’re in your 20s, but, as you get older, you start to look like Phyllis Diller. I don’t think much about image anymore. Just being onstage gets my blood pumping.”