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Poison’s Rikki Rockett Says Separate Buses Keeps The Peace; On The Road With Cheap Trick

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Poison drummer Rikki Rockett says the band is able to enjoy a summer on tour due to the simple fact that they’re no longer living on top of one another. Rockett, who along with the rest of Poison, is out on the road with Cheap Trick, told Long Island Pulse, “It’s more comfortable. Period. I really enjoy it. Man, we were all crammed together; we didn’t have much money. We didn’t start making money until the late-’80s, really. The first couple of records, you’re in debt. But the buses, the accommodations, how you roll. It’s better these days. We hit our 20th anniversary, and at 20 years, we said, ‘It’s time that we get separate buses. We’ve earned it.’ And this way, we won’t kill each other and can keep doing this for a long time (laughs). We have separate buses, so we get along just fine. (Laughs) The fact of the matter is we’re doing this because we love the band POISON. It’s our baby, so we all take turns taking care of it in different ways. We want to get along. We want to make it work. That doesn’t mean that we have to go to each other’s houses every day.”

Rockett went on to talk about life in a band after 35 years, admitting, “I don’t want to live with the band. Love them to death, but we get up there, we do our job, we relate in the best ways that we can, and you’ve got to take a break from each other a little bit. The secret to longevity in a band is knowing really how far you can extend yourself to somebody. To know when to back off a little bit and to pick your battles.”

When asked to pick his favorite of the band’s legendary videos, Rockett said: “My favorite one is still ‘Talk Dirty To Me’ because it broke the band. It’s the one video that really was a game-changer for us. And it was so offhand. It was a very low budget video and we didn’t have the money to do a lot of things. It just had to be very simple. We were like, ‘Let’s everybody know we’re shooting a video; let’s let people know we’re lip-synching. It’s a video for God’s sake. Let’s just have a good time with it. Oh, a crew member is in the shot? Put your arm around him!’ It was just so much fun.”

Rockett went on to say: “When I met Michael Jackson, he told me how much of a fan he was of that video because it looked like we were having so much fun. And I said, ‘Well, we were.’ And he said it translated. I was like, ‘How cool is that? The King of Pop loves ‘Talk Dirty To Me.'”

Although L.A. glam metal rockers have long thought to have loathed the grunge scene from Seattle that sidelined most of their careers, guitarist C.C. DeVille told us that it actually gave him a new lease on life as a musician: “When Nirvana came out, it proved that you could really just do what you do and people are gonna get it. And up until then, it’s like, at least in my generation, I wasn’t sure if you can just do the music and people were gonna get it. And, y’know, it was almost overkill because it was like, ‘Now maybe if I can set myself on fire, while I sing the chorus, people are gonna think that’s really good — because not only is the chorus good, but he’s on fire and he’s singing the chorus, so that’s really great!’ But Nirvana was like, ‘Man, shut the f*** up. Sing the song, man.’ And that changed my life.”

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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