Poison Tossing Ideas Around For New Album Says Rikki Rockett
June 22, 2011
“Twenty-five years is a long time for any relationship, but especially a rock ‘n’ roll band,” Poison drummer Rikki Rockett tells BND.com‘s Scott Keifer.
“We’ve been through a lot together, but honestly, I think we are all playing better than we ever have.”
It has been two years since the group (still with all original members, guitarist C.C. Deville, bassist Bobby Dahl and front man Bret Michaels) have toured together, but Rockett feels fans are in for a treat.
“We were in rehearsals for this 25th Anniversary Tour, and we sound really, really good,” Rockett said. “I know that I am playing better, and I think every one of us is getting better as we go along.”
Rockett had hoped the band would have some new music by the time this tour came along, but that never happened for many reasons.
“When you take a band like us, we all live separate lives when we’re not together. Getting it all together to record an album is a daunting task,” Rockett said. “It’s just a hard thing to do. We finished our last tour after nearly a year and a half on the road, and we needed a break.”
New music is still in the offing.
“We are going to finish this tour, take a little time off and then, hopefully, we can begin writing and recording new material,” Rockett said. “We have been tossing things around, for sure.”
The two-year hiatus of the band does not mean that they have been relaxing on a beach somewhere. Michaels has been busy with the “Rock of Love” and “Life As We Know It” television series and touring solo with the Bret Michaels band. Rockett has been busy with his own small company, Rockett Drum Works, and collobarting with his wife, Melanie Martel,and her music.
“Oh yeah, I haven’t been lounging around being a bum, that’s for sure,” Rockett said. “My drum company, which I am not striving to be a huge company to begin with, is taking off at the speed I want. We make custom drum kits designed by myself, specifically tailored to the person who orders them. I mean from the wood type, drum type and paint design. They are custom, and not cheap, as you won’t be finding them in stores across the country. We deal directly with the person who orders them, and each set is a one-of-a-kind. So, actually, I get my creative release out of that when I am off the band thing.”
Read the entire interview with Rikki Rockett at www.bnd.com/2011/06/22/1757993/poison-gets-more-potent-over-time.html#ixzz1Q4hw38Tt.