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Rikki Rocket Hints At Poison Band Tensions

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Poison and Cheap Trick kick off their joint summer tour on tonight (May 18th) in Irvine, California. Although Cheap Trick is never that far away from the tour bus, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett admits that frontman Bret Michaels’ solo career has gotten in the way of the band hitting the road together — including a five year hiatus in group activities between 2012 and 2017. Rockett told OCweekly.com, “I think we need to get away from each other and do other things, but at the same time, I think he spent a little too much time away. There’s definitely some resentment, but not resentment like I want him to fail. I want him to do good. I just want Poison to be important too, and I would like (him) to put a little more energy into Poison.”

That said, Rockett, who’s now 56, says that Poison’s fighting days are long over: “Nothing good is going to come out of a fight. If we got in a fight now the way we did back when we were 25-years-old, we would just never play together (again). We all know that. We’d go crawl in our corner, and that would be it — we wouldn’t talk to each other, and that would be the end of Poison. We know that’s not a good option.”

Rockett said that he’s still holding out hope for some new Poison tunes that hopefully would break some new ground musically, explaining, “I personally think we still have a lot of stories to tell. Because the music business has changed so much, I don’t know that you’d get a full record out of Poison, but I do believe that you will see new music at some point in some capacity. Maybe we can’t write those songs anymore from that same perspective. We’re not that age anymore; we’re not in that same place anymore in life; but I think where we’re at is just as interesting, honestly.”

Rikki Rockett told us that Poison is made of a special stock that keeps them forever wanting to work and push their own creative boundaries: “We come from the very hardworking part of the East Coast and I think that our will to work hard at stuff, also plays into our will to live, because we’re the kind of guys that we’re not done yet. We got more stuff to do — more tours to do, more records to do.”

May 31 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre
June 2 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
June 3 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
June 5 – Atlanta, GA – Verizon Amphitheatre
June 7 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
June 8 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 9 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
June 10 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
June 12 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
June 13 – Syracuse, NY – Lakeview Amphitheatre
June 14 – Hartford, CT – The Xfinity Theatre
June 15 – Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion
June 17 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
June 19 – Toronto, ON – The Budweiser Stage
June 21 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach
June 22 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
June 23 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
June 24 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
June 26 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
June 29 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Al Lang Stadium
June 30 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place Amphitheater
July 1 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Photo Courtesy of Mark Weiss

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