POISON kicked off the “Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour with CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL this past Friday, May 18 at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.
Fan-filmed video footage of POISON‘s performance can be seen below.
In a recent interview with OC Weekly, POISON drummer Rikki Rockett admitted that he and other members of the group harbor some resentment toward vocalist Bret Michaels, whose frequent tours as a solo artist caused the band to take a five-year break from the road.
“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,” Rockett said. “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.”
Rockett reiterated his desire for the band to record new music together in the future. “I personally think we still have a lot of stories to tell,” he said. “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.”
Rikki‘s latest comments echo those he made a year ago, when he told “Trunk Nation”: “I don’t care if anybody in this band does side things. I think it’s healthy; honestly, I do. To just play the same songs and work with just the same people over and over and over again can become stale, and you do have to do some things. However, I think that Bret has taken it a little too far times and he needs to come back to the fray a little bit, and I think we should make more POISON music, make a record. He knows I feel that way; there’s no secret there. I’m not talking behind his back and I’m not talking shit.”
Back in 2015, Rockett, bassist Bobby Dall and guitarist C.C. DeVille, plus vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL, DEVIL CITY ANGELS), played several shows as THE SPECIAL GUESTS in what was widely perceived as a not-so-subtle message to Michaels that they weren’t willing to remain completely inactive while he pursued a solo career.
“It wasn’t to break up the band over it — it wasn’t intended to do that,” Rikki later said. “It was just more or less, ‘Hey, we’re not gonna sit on the sidelines.’ And I think it was really cool, quite frankly. We got a lot of really positive response from that; it was really a fun gig.”