POISON's RIKKI ROCKETT: 'Nobody's Given Me Any Indication That There's A Tour' In The WorksSeptember 21, 2014
POISON drummer Rikki Rockett says that he "hasn't heard anything" about a pending tour for the veteran hard rockers, despite singer Bret Michaels' suggestion to the contrary.
Speaking to the the Cleveland Scene last week, Michaels revealed that POISON was in talks to hit the road in 2015. "It looks like it will happen," he said. "It's been a few years. We just want to put together the right package and show to celebrate with everyone."
According to Rockett, however, if there are any plans for POISON to tour next year, he has yet to get the memo about it.
"Well, I don't really know what the reality of that is, quite honestly," Rikki said during an interview with 14-year-old radio host Miles "The Shoe" Schuman (hear audio below). "Bret says a lot of things."
He added: "I'm not gonna say if it will happen or won't happen, because I really don't know. Nobody's given me any indication that there's a tour at all.
"I don't know why [Bret] said what he said. Nobody's sat down with me and said, 'There's a pending tour here. What do you think about that?' I haven't heard anything about that. So the reality is, at this point in time, right now, as I sit here talking to you, there is not a POISON tour. That doesn't mean there couldn't be one. But I'm just saying that I haven't had a contract come across my table. I didn't get the text. I didn't get the memo on that one. [Laughs].'
Asked if he is normally kept "in the loop" about POISON's touring plans as they are being mapped out or if he is only told about them once they have been finalized, Rockett said: "I mean, I can say no to it, of course. There's quite a bit of planning involved in something like that; there's a ridiculous amount of planning, actually. So, I just really don't know what to say about it. Bret said this in the media, but it's not like he called me and said it to me, you know what I mean?! So I don't know that there's any reality to it at this point in time."
Rockett recently told the "Iron City Rocks" podcast that POISON has been doing "corporate gigs for different companies, which are fun, and they pay very well. It gives us a chance to all get together and play. And, in fact, we have one in October and we have one in January . But they are the only shows that POISON is doing this year; we are not doing a tour this year. There is a few things that are being thrown around right now by our management for next spring, and we'll just have to see."
Rockett took to Twitter in February 2014 to complain that POISON couldn't hit the road this summer because a certain member of the glam-metal act was "making it a problem."
POISON last toured the U.S. in 2012 as part of the "Rock Of Ages" package with DEF LEPPARD and LITA FORD.
The last POISON album was 2007's covers set "Poison'd!", while the band's last collection of new, original music was 2002's "Hollyweird".
To celebrate POISON's 25th anniversary, 35 of the multi-platinum band's top hits and fan favorites were gathered for "Double Dose Of Poison: Ultimate Hits", a career-spanning 2CD and digital collection which was released in May 2011 by Capitol/EMI.
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