Drummer Rikki Rockett of veteran rockers POISON, who are currently taking part in the “Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour with CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL, was asked by Greg Prato of Long Island Pulse how being on the road today is different from the way it was in the 1980s. He responded: “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]”
Asked how the POISON bandmembers are getting along at this stage of their career, Rikki said: “Well, 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.”
He continued: “A lot of times, people say, ‘Oh, you guys are like brothers.’ Well, let me tell you, I wouldn’t want to live with my sister. I love her to death, but I don’t want to live with her! And 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,” he added. “To know when to back off a little bit and to pick your battles.”
POISON’s 2017 tour with DEF LEPPARD marked the Bret Michaels-fronted outfit’s first U.S. run of shows in more than four years.
In a recent interview with Smashing Interviews Magazine, Michaels described his relationship with his POISON bandmates as “great. 95 percent of the time, it’s awesome,” he said. “Then there’s that five percent when the POISON relationship goes bad. It doesn’t go kind of bad; it goes fistfight bad. Some people have a disagreement, and they separate and mope about it. We just iron it out right there usually on stage. We’ve gotten up the next day having to do another show in a different city. We shake hands and we go back to it.”
The “Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour kicked off on May 18 in Irvine, California and runs through June 24.
POISON’s last album of new material was 2002’s “Hollyweird”. Back in 2007, they released “Poison’d”, an album of covers.