Veteran glam rockers POISON played a private gig earlier this month and have another scheduled for January, but "as for POISON touring next summer, next spring, I don't know that answer," drummer Rikki Rockett tells GreenBayPressGazette.com in a new interview. "It's that simple. I just don't know the answer. There isn't a booked tour at this point in time." But, Rikki adds, "There's a lot of time between now and then."
Rockett — who has been keeping busy playing in DEVIL CITY ANGELS alongside former L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA) and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL) — recently told the "92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel" show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station KOMP 92.3 about rumors and speculation about a possible rift within POISON, particularly as it relates to him and singer Bret Michaels: "Actually, there's nothing wrong within the band that I'm aware of — I mean, unless something happened and nobody told me.
"Sure, we're trying to put a tour together. And if we can put it together and it makes sense and we can get our crap together, we will do something.
"What I was answering in one question [in a previous interview] was, 'At this moment, as I sit here, we're not contracted for a POISON tour next summer.' That's all I was saying. And it contradicted something Bret had said [in a separate interview], but not really. Bret didn't say we had a tour for sure either. He said, 'I think we're gonna probably be able to tour. And I'm not saying that we are.' He didn't commit to either. Whatever… It's fine."
According to Rockett: "POISON has never disbanded. POISON will continue on as long as it makes sense. I mean, C.C. [DeVille, guitar] departed for a while and that was really the only time we weren't the original lineup. But we always will be until it just doesn't make sense anymore."
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.