Rockett hoping Michaels devotes more ‘energy’ to Poison

The upcoming tour package of Poison with Cheap Trick and Pop Evil, promises to be one of the hottest tickets of the spring and summer. Considering Poison lead vocalist Bret Michaels has spent the last few years touring solo, reuniting with his bandmates is a major achievement. And if you’re wondering whether Michaels’ past solo ventures were a cause of concern for his Poison mates, the answer is ‘yes.’

In a recent interview with OC Weekly, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett admitted as much saying that he and other members of the group were none too pleased to take a five-year break while Michaels toured as a solo artist.

“I think it’s important to do other things, I really do” Rockett said, “at the same time, I think he spent a little too much time away.” Rockett said that the decision caused friction. “There was some resentment. I just want Poison to be important too, and I would like [him] to put a little more energy into our band.” Rockett also made it clear that Michaels is aware of how the band feels. “We’re not talking behind his back. There’s no secret there.”

In 2015, Rockett, bassist Bobby Dall and guitarist C.C. DeVille, plus vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs played several shows as The Special Guests. Many looked at this venture as a not-so-subtle message to Michaels that they weren’t willing to remain completely inactive while he pursued a solo career.

Rocket was also broached on the subject of new music, and whether that was in Poison’s future: “I personally think we still have a lot of stories to tell. I don’t know that you’d get a full record out of Poison, because the business has changed so much, but I do believe that you will see new music at some point in some capacity.”

Poison’s last album of new material was 2002’s ‘Hollyweird.’ This was followed by an album of covers, ‘Poison’d,’ in 2007.

The tour with Cheap Trick and Pop Evil (titled ‘Nothin’ But A Good Time 2018′) kicks off on May 18 in Irvine, CA.


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