POISON drummer Rikki Rockett was recently interviewed by the “Wired In The Empire” radio show, which airs on 96.7 KCAL-FM in Riverside/San Bernardino, California. You can now listen to the chat below.
Asked if there is any talk of POISON recording new music in the not-too-distant future, Rikki said: “Oh, God! I hope so. It’s so long overdue, it’s crazy. There’s nothing more I’d like than that. We’ve talked about doing some stuff, but I don’t have anything to announce right now. But we have been talking about things, so hopefully something will grow from that.”
Rockett also discussed the current status of his DEVIL CITY ANGELS project, which he originally formed in 2014 with guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A GUNS), bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA) and vocalist Brandon Gibbs.
“We were getting a lot of traction when I got cancer, and then a lot of things fell around me — I got the cancer, I went through a divorce; all this stuff sort of happened at once,” he said. “And Tracii moved on and went back to L.A. GUNS, which I think is great. I think that’s where he should be. And I love playing with the guy. But, I mean, that’s his baby, you know what I mean? He’s killing it with that. Eric moved on; he had to go make money, and he wound up with Bret [Michaels, POISON frontman], actually. So Brandon and I decided to keep this thing going, so we got Joel Kosche from COLLECTIVE SOUL. And we have sort of an unknown guy who was playing with John Corabi; his name’s Topher Nolan, and he’s in Nashville. And we just finished a track, and we’re just getting ready to do… We’re gonna do a video for it while I’m on the road [with POISON]. We have a couple of days off, and we’re gonna go ahead and shoot that and release it, so you’ll see it sometime this year. I hope we do [another] album [as well]. I’d love to. We have one album, and it’s great — I really, really love that album. I’m very proud of it. And I’d love to do another one.”
POISON‘s last album of new material was 2002’s “Hollyweird”. Back in 2007, they released “Poison’d”, an album of covers.
In a 2017 interview, Rikki acknowledged that part of the reason POISON hasn’t been motivated to work on new music has been the fact that fans rarely show interest in hearing fresh material performed live when classic rock groups go on tour. “We could write the second coming of ‘Talk Dirty To Me’, and I don’t know if people wanna hear it or not, and that’s a frustrating thing; it really is,” he said. “AEROSMITH was able to do it, but not everybody is. I mean, even THE ROLLING STONES have had problems with that in the last few years. So… I don’t know. But I do think it’s important to stay viable. For the ‘über fans,’ it’s always a really, really good thing. And that’s what you do it for — you do it for you, you do it for the real fans, the real true fans.”
POISON, with all original members, will embark on the “Poison…Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018” tour later this month. The trek, which is set to launch May 18 in Irvine, California at Five Points Amphitheatre, will also feature CHEAP TRICK and POP EVIL.
Rockett just celebrated two years cancer free after undergoing an experimental treatment. He was diagnosed with oral cancer back in 2015.