C.C. DeVille was born as Bruce Anthony Johannesson in 1962 in Brooklyn, New York. DeVille fell in love with music at a young age, beginning to play guitar at age 5. Some of his earliest musical influences include Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Queen. Not long after enrolling at New York University to study music, DeVille quit school and moved to the West Coast. There, he played music with various rock bands, and eventually, in the early 1980s, landed a spot as lead guitarist of glam-metal band Poison. Along with Poison bandmates Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall and Rikki Rockett, DeVille co-wrote the music for the band’s premier album, Look What the Cat Dragged In (1986), one of the band’s best-selling albums, bring in nearly $4 million in revenue. Poison went on to receive further acclaim with the No. 1 single, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” (1988).