RIKKI ROCKETT: 'I've Stopped Telling Anybody That POISON Is Going To Tour'

RIKKI ROCKETT: 'I've Stopped Telling Anybody That POISON Is Going To Tour'

During a brand new interview with Classic Rock Revisited, POISON drummer Rikki Rockett was asked about his return to playing music now that he has been declared cancer free after undergoing an experimental treatment. He said: "I want to play and I would love to tour. Hopefully that will happen. I've stopped telling anybody that POISON is going to tour, because every time we say we will, something comes along and screws it up. I would like to do that. I'm good enough to do it. I'm fine. I am absolutely fine. I train jiu-jitsu two hours a day. I am good to go. I have strength. Am I as strong as I was? Is my timing as good as it was? Not yet, but I am getting there, and I will get there soon. Playing a show would be a walk in the park compared to what I do on the mats."

Rockett was diagnosed with oral cancer more than a year ago. Several months ago, he came to Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego, where he underwent experimental cancer immunotherapy, which has now eradicated the tumor.

"Immunotherapy, in my case, is two things," Rikki said. "It is an intravenous drip for thirty minutes every three weeks. It is kind of like getting chemo, but I have virtually no side effects. The side effects are so minimal… I've had diarrhea a couple of times and that is it. It makes me tired, but my body was fighting cancer anyway, so I was already tired. I also take two pills a day. That's it. I don't have to do anything else. What it does is it gets the body's immune systems to drop its defenses. The cells in your body look the same as the cancer cells, so your body does not see it as an invader. This drug turns the body's defenses on against that, so it understands to go after the cancer. That is what it does."

He continued: "It doesn't work for everybody. They are figuring it out more and more every day. What I'm on is what Jimmy Carter was on. The difference is that I'm on a second agent that we think helps turn it on even faster and makes it recognize it faster. This drug was initially for blood type cancers. This particular one… mine is for solid tumors. They were having trouble to get it to recognize tumors at first but they are starting to get it to do it now. I had a one-hundred-percent recognition. I don't know how many people with head and neck cancer that get on this have a complete remission. I will hear about those numbers soon. At this point, I'm just happy that I'm one of them, you know."

POISON singer Bret Michaels hinted in a recent interview that the band will re-team with DEF LEPPARD for a U.S. tour in 2017. The two groups first hit the road together back in 2009, and then again three years later.

COMMENTS

To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).