In a brand new interview with the “Drummer Nation” show, POISON drummer Rikki Rockett spoke about what it has been like reuniting with his bandmates for their first U.S. tour in more than four years. “It’s been a lot of fun so far,” he said (see video below). “It’s kind of crazy. I mean, I was out there with [my side project] DEVIL CITY ANGELS, doing stuff, but not POISON. We had a few corporate gigs here and there, but not a full-blown tour.”
He continued: “It felt great [getting back up on stage with the guys]. I mean, after the first two days, I felt at home. The first day, I was, like, ‘Woah! Can I do this?’ And now, I get up on stage and it’s like home, you know what I mean? It really is. A lot of people say, ‘Oh, another day at the office at the drum kit.’ It’s, like, no — another day at home.”
POISON‘s reunited original lineup — Rockett, Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall and C.C. DeVille — kicked off its North American tour with DEF LEPPARD on April 8 at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. The trek will wrap on June 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
POISON and DEF LEPPARD first hit the road together back in 2009, and then again three years later.
POISON appeared at the 2013 Indy 500 Miller Lite Carb Day, but has otherwise been mostly playing private shows, including one in January 2015.
The band hasn’t done any major touring since taking part in the 2012 “Rock Of Ages” trek with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD.
Rockett was recently declared cancer free after undergoing an experimental treatment. He was diagnosed with oral cancer back in 2015.