During a recent appearance on the "Stuck And Gunner" show, POISON and DEVIL CITY ANGELS drummer Rikki Rockett was asked which person he was most excited to meet over the course of his three-decade career as a professional musician.

"I actually met [pop superstar] Michael Jackson at a wedding reception," Rikki replied (hear audio below). "And every preconceived notion that people have about Michael, to me, it just wasn't that way at all. He was really cool, he liked [POISON's] 'Talk Dirty To Me' video; he was very complimentary, very nice. He was fighting with his girlfriend that night [and was] a little irritable. I don't know if he got whacked and weird later — maybe he did — but at that time, and this was probably, I'd say, mid-'90s, something like that, he was very cool. Very, very cool…"

He continued: "That's why when some of these other artists that say, 'Ah, POISON sucks.' Or this or that. It's, like, Michael Jackson was complimentary, David Bowie was complimentary.. I mean, after that, I just don't care. [Laughs] You get some guy on the Internet that goes, 'I've played drums for 15 years and you suck.' [And I'm , like], [dismissively] 'Okay.'"

In addition to Rockett, DEVIL CITY ANGELS features in its ranks former L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA), and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL).

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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