The drummer for 80s glam band Poison was arrested on a rape warrant issued out of Mississippi as he arrived at LAX after getting off a flight from New Zealand, police said. Rikki Rockett, 46, was arrested Monday at the airport and booked into the Los Angeles County Jail, according to Los Angeles police and the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Inmate Information Web site. He was held on a strong-arm rape warrant stemming from Neshoba County, Missisippi, and appears to have been released from L.A. County custody, the Sheriff’s Web site shows. His status today could not be confirmed.
Details about the warrant were not immediately available. Messages left with state police in Mississippi went unanswered.
Reported by L.A. Daily News.
Tickets for the Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Poison show goes on sale this week!!
Several dates have already been posted at Ticketmaster.com.
More dates are expected to be added soon!!
I will refresh the tourdates as they become available.
Tickets can be ordered with a presale password now!!
Go to Ticketmaster.com for more info!
POISON, SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN will team up for a U.S. tour this summer. POISON will headline the trek, with SEBASTIAN BACH and DOKKEN rotating the opening slot. So far only one date is available: Saturday, August 23 at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California.
As previously reported, POISON will perform at the Rock2Wgtn music festival, which is scheduled to take place March 22-23 at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Also scheduled to appear are WHITESNAKE, ALICE COOPER, OZZY OSBOURNE, KISS and LORDI.
POISON’s album of cover songs, “Poison’d!”, sold 21,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release in June 2007 to debut at position No. 32 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD presents the band’s first new studio recordings since 2002’s “Hollyweird”. Produced by Don Was at Hensen Recording Studios in Hollywood, “Poison’d” packs 13 explosive tracks, including new recordings of DAVID BOWIE’s “Suffragette City”, THE CARS’ “You’re Just What I Needed”, THE ROMANTICS’ “What I Like About You”, SWEET’s “Little Willy”, THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND’s “Can’t You See” and THE ROLLING STONES’ “Dead Flowers”. Some of POISON’s best previously recorded covers are also featured on “Poison’d”, including KISS’ “Rock and Roll All Nite”, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD’s “We’re An American Band” and LOGGINS AND MESSINA’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance”.
Bret Michaels was a guest on Eddie Trunk Live on Monday Night and provided a few details about what is in store for 2008.
- A new Bret Michaels Solo CD will drop in March.
- There will also be a Bret Michaels biography book released in 2008.
- Poison will not play Rocklahoma, but Bret Michaels might do a solo show there.
- Bret will be out on tour for his solo album soon. Poison will tour again this summer. The lineup for the Poison Tour has not been set as of yet.
- Poison will release a new DVD this summer called Live Raw and Uncut.
- A new Poison CD is not in the works as of yet, but Bret is anxious to do one.
I have seen quite a few live shows in 2007. The following are my favorites from 2007.
5. Vains of Jenna, RATT, Poison
VOJ put on a good show, RATT was a little disappointing, and Poison was the best I have ever seen them live. This show was well worth the money.
4. Jani Lane
I wasn’t sure to expect when I saw Jani Lane’s solo band perform last summer. Jani’s voice was in top form, and he sounded great. The star of the show in this concert was 17 year old wunderkind, Dario Lorina. This young guitarist is going to be a force to be reckoned with before long.
3. Frank Hannon and Winger
Frank Hannon opened up for Winger with his solo band back in February. I gained a whole lot of new respect for Frank on this day. His set consisted primarily of Tesla tunes, and a few songs off of his solo CD. It was an amazing set, and quite frankly (no pun intended), him and his band, blew Winger off the stage. Winger was pretty good too, but Frank Hannon in my eyes stole the show on this night.
2. Black Stone Cherry and Jackyl
Black Stone Cherry has been one of my favorite bands for a while now, and getting to see them for free is always a bonus. With Jackyl being on the same bill, this became a must attend event. The boys from BSC delivered the goods, but their performance was surpassed by Jackyl.
I have seen Jackyl several times, but I have never seen the band put on a show like this. Jesse James Dupree was in rare form, as it was his birthday, and the whole band was killer on this night.
1. Megadeth and Heaven and Hell
I have seen Megadeth several times over the years, but this was my first experience seeing Black Sabbath live in any incarnation. Dave Mustaine and company were great, but simply got blown off the stage by Black Sabbath. Ronnie James Dio proved once again why he is one of the best singers in Metal today. A fantastic show that I would pay to see again!
2008 is already proving to have a very busy concert schedule.
The following acts are heading my way, and this is only through March.
Z02 and L.A. Guns (Phil Lewis Version)
Cinder Road with Tesla
It is going to be another great year of rock in 2008!
The show that Five Million people watched the finale of is a Scam?
PR-Inside has posted the following article regarding Rock of Love with Bret Michaels:
POISON star BRETT MICHAELS’ hit new reality dating show, ROCK OF LOVE, has been exposed as a sham – the girl he picked to date was already in a committed relationship.
The rocker picked Jes Ricklett as his mate in the show’s high-rated finale last month (Sep07), but the pink-and-white haired stylist had no plans of having a real romance with Michaels – she dashed off to be with her boyfriend as soon as taping finished.
And, to make matters worse for Michaels, Ricklett’s real man, Chicago-based designer Joe Quade, has started poking fun at the Poison star on his MySpace.com page.
Ricklett tells the National Enquirer she had no intention of becoming the girlfriend of a faded rock star when she auditioned for the hit show.
She says, “Someone found me and wanted me to audition for the show, so I did.
“To be honest, I wasn’t going on there looking for love. I was kind of like, `Let’s see if I could promote myself.’ That’s pretty much why I did it.” But it’s not all bad news for Michaels – the summer show was such a hit on VH1 in America, TV bosses have ordered a second season, during which the Poison star will again be on the look out for love.
I hesitated picking this disc up for a long time, as I didn’t hear too many good things about it. When I stumbled upon a used copy of this disc recently, the completest in me had to have it. Luckily, I tracked a copy of this down for a mere $4.00, and at that price I couldn’t pass it up.
How do the songs stack up? Chances are you have heard Poison’s cover of the Who’s “Squeeze Box“on the new disc, Poison’d. I will pass on that cover every time. This disc is no Flesh and Blood. Not even close. There are however, a few decent songs on this disc. Get Ya Some, Devil Woman, Wasteland and Rockstar are ok, but not excellent songs.
The songs sung by CC Deville, “Emperor’s New Clothes“, “Livin’ In the Now” and “Home (C.C’s Story)” are particularly bad, and I can’t listen to them a second time. If CC wants to sing, I think he needs to do it in his side project, Samantha 7. His vocals are far too different from Bret’s, and contrast the other songs on Hollyweird greatly.
To me, Bret Michaels IS the voice of Poison, and it needs to stay that way. I love Poison, but I think they can do much better than this.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Squeeze Box
3. Shooting Star
4. Wishful Thinkin’
5. Get Ya Some
6. Emperor’s New Clothes
7. Devil Woman
9. Livin’ In The Now
10. Stupid, Stoned & Dumb
11. Home (Bret’s Story)
12. Home (C.C.’s Story)
Bret Michaels – Vocals
CC Deville – Guitars
Bobby Dahl – Bass
Ricky Rockett – Drums
Tonight at 11:30, on July 13th 2007, Poison hits the stage as the Headlining Band on Day 2 of the Rocklahoma Music Festival.
Luckily, I saw Poison play live a few weeks ago, so I am not as broken up about missing them play live as I am some of the other bands on the Rocklahoma Music Festival. When they hit Cincinnati, they put on one of the best live shows, that I have ever seen them do, and would gladly go to see them play live again. Until that day happens, I have a copy of Poison’s 1991 2 CD Set, Swallow This Live.
Some people don’t like live CD’s. I used to dislike them at one point in time, but I enjoy them now more than ever. There is nothing better than capturing the energy of a live show on CD. Swallow This Live does a very good job and capturing a live Poison show while they were in their prime.
Amazingly, Poison still sounded this good when I saw them live a few short weeks ago. The CD includes a drum solo by Rikki Rockett and a guitar solo by CC Deville, so it really gives you the feel of being at a live show. The collection also includes a few bonus studio tracks, So Tell Me Why, Souls on Fire, Only Time Will Tell, and No More Lookin’ Back. This doesn’t enhance the live experience, but it is nice to have a few studio tracks that weren’t available anywhere else.
After listening to Swallow This Live from beginning to end, it only made me envy those lucky folks heading to Rocklahoma today. They are bound to see a great show from Poison tonight when they close out the 2nd day of festivities.
If you don’t own Swallow This Live, pick it up! It is essential for all Poison fans.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Look What The Cat Dragged In
3. Look But You Can’t Touch
4. Let It Play
5. Good Love
6. Life Goes On
7. Ride The Wind
8. I Want Action
9. Drum Solo
10. Something To Believe In
11. Poor Boy Blues
12. Unskinny Bop
1. Love On The Rocks
2. Guitar Solo
3. Every Rose Has Its Thorn
4. Fallen Angel
5. You Mama Don’t Dance
6. Nothin’ But A Good Time
7. Talk Dirty To Me
8. So Tell Me Why
9. Souls On Fire
10. Only Time Will Tell
11. No More Lookin’ Back (Poison Jazz)
When I read about Poison’d, a few months ago, I decided that I was not going to purchase this disc. I had a change of heart, as I thought it was important to support the bands that I care about, even though the release may not be what I would front from them.
The problem I have with Poison’d, is that 5 out of 13 songs are previously released. If you own the entire Poison discology, you don’t need the majority of these songs a second time.
Problem # 2, 13 songs clocking at 43 minutes, and of the 43 minutes, only 28 is new material? COME ON! Is studio time really that expensive? Sad!
On to the new cover songs……
1) Little Willy – This is a perfect song for Poison to cover. The whole glam connection to Sweet is perfect, and the Poison remake is pretty good.
2) Suffragette City – This song has been remade again and again. I wish they would have picked something else to cover. I do like this version better than Warrant’s.
3) I Never Cry – I honestly have not heard the Alice Cooper version of this song. This sounds like a 90’s Poison ballad. It is ok, but not great.
4) I Need to Know – I like Tom Petty, and Poison does a good job of this song. I don’t remember this song ending in less than 3 minutes ( I checked, it does…lol), but it is solid.
5) Can’t You See – This version does not compare to the original. Yawn!
6) What I Like About You – This is the best out of the new songs! I am glad they made a video for this one.
7) Dead Flowers – There are about 30 great Rolling Stones songs worth covering. Dead Flowers is not one of them. Enough said there.
8 ) Just What I Needed – I was really hoping that Poison would improve upon this song, but this is nothing more than a faithful remake of the original Cars song.
I am a Poison fan, but I would like to point out, that Poison has not released a new (full) studio disc with brand new material since 2002’s Hollyweird.
I am disappointed that after 5 years of rehashed material and greatest hits discs, that this is the best the band has to offer.
There are a bunch of hard rock cover discs on the market today. Poison’d is not one of the better ones in my opinion.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Little Willy (originally performed by Sweet)
2. Suffragette City (originally performed by David Bowie)
3. I Never Cry (originally performed by Alice Cooper)
4. I Need to Know (originally performed by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
5. Can’t You See (originally performed by The Marshall Tucker Band)
6. What I Like About You (originally performed by The Romantics)
7. Dead Flowers (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
8. Just What I Needed (originally performed by The Cars)
9. Rock and Roll All Nite (originally performed by KISS)
10. Squeeze Box (originally performed by The Who)
11. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (originally performed by Jim Croce)
12. Your Mama Don’t Dance (originally performed by Loggins & Messina)
13. We’re An American Band (originally performed by Grand Funk Railroad)
A recent poster at another site called Poison “a footnote, albeit a fairly listenable one.” I started thinking about the criticism about Poison and some of the other bands participating in the Rocklahoma Rock Festival, and got the old creative juices flowing. How many of the bands participating in this show are still quality acts in 2007? How many of the acts have such a strong catalog of music that they can put on live shows each year and sell thousands of tickets? The first band that comes to mind is none other than the glam rock band, Poison.
Poison has been touring almost annually, with very little new music to support their touring efforts. The bottom line is, people love Poison, and I am no exception. Any band that has sold more than 25 million albums is more than a mere footnote. They are a 80’s hard rock staple and always will be. The strength of their tunes is what pulls people in to big shows like the Rocklahoma Rock Festival.
Flesh & Blood is one of Poison’s very successful studio discs, and still stands up well in 2007. Flesh & Blood hit #2 on the U.S. charts, and has sold over 3 million copies to date. This disc spawned three gold singles: “Unskinny Bop,” “Ride the Wind,” and the ballad “Something To Believe In.”
The first couple of tracks off of Flesh and Blood are throw aways to me, but this disc picks up steam at Sacrifice (Flesh & Blood) and doesn’t let up from there.
Swampjuice (Soul-O) is nothing more than an acoustical little romp leading up to Unskinny Bop. Unskinny Bop was a huge hit for Poison. The guitar riff was extremely simple, but the song itself was infectious.
Let it Play wasn’t a hit for Poison, but it is a fun, upbeat song and keeps the pace going well on Flesh and Blood.
Life Goes On is one of two, killer ballads on Flesh and Blood.
Come Hell or High Water is one of the heavier tracks on this disc, but is still very listenable. CC Deville unleashes a few more solos throughout this track. You rarely ever hear this one today, but it is a cool Poison song.
Ride the Wind is a very good upbeat rocker that was a modest hit for Poison. The video below does a fairly good capturing the energy from the band’s live shows.
Don’t Give Up An Inch is a catchy up tempo rocker that got lost in the sea of hits on Flesh & Blood.
Something to Believe In needs no introduction. This song is one of the biggest hit songs Poison has ever released. It is a classic power ballad, and one that I still greatly enjoy today.
Ball and Chain is an ok rocker on Flesh and Blood, but doesn’t stand up to some of the other great songs here.
Life Loves a Tragedy is a semi ballad that turns into an upbeat energetic rock track on Flesh & Blood. If this song would have appeared on another Poison disc, it would have been another hit.
Poor Boy Blues closes this disc out with a blues infested number. It is a fun song, and the band sounds like they have a good time with it.
Flesh & Blood is one of three must own discs in the Poison catalog. This disc if full of great hits, and classic Poison songs. The strength of the music on this disc shows why Poison is still able to draw big crowds at huge shows like the Rocklahoma Rock Fest, and proves that they are more than a mere footnote. If you don’t own this in 2007, you ought to grab this, it is great!
Rating: Out of 10
- Strange Days of Uncle Jack
- Valley of Lost Souls
- Sacrifice (Flesh & Blood)
- Swampjuice (Soul-O)
- Unskinny Bop
- Let It Play
- Life Goes On
- Come Hell Or High Water
- Ride The Wind
- Don’t Give Up An Inch
- Something To Believe In
- Ball And Chain
- Life Loves A Tragedy
- Poor Boy Blues