POISON drummer Rikki Rockett was interviewed on the "92 Minutes Of Hair With Mel" show on the Las Vegas, Nevada radio station KOMP 92.3. You can now listen to the chat using the Spreaker widget below.
Asked about rumors and speculation about a possible rift within POISON, particularly as it relates to him and singer Bret Michaels, Rikki said: "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 also spoke about his involvement with DEVIL CITY ANGELS, which also features in its ranks former L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns alongside bassist Eric Brittingham (CINDERELLA), and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Brandon Gibbs (CHEAP THRILL). He said: "Here's the thing. If POISON all of a sudden decided to do a brand new record from top to bottom and we came out and the top of our set was our new stuff, people would be upset about it, actually. It's really difficult to go out and tour with new material and only play, pr play the vast majority of just new stuff. So, from that standpoint, I can be more creative in DEVIL CITY ANGELS, really, because we're starting from the ground up, so it's a freer kind of encironment at the moment for me.
"I played with all [the other] guys [in DEVIL CITY ANGELS] at different times, but not in anything serious.
"I have never left POISON or really stepped outside POISON in any real way up until this point. I'd done things with other artists, and I did that little tribute record to the glam days."
Rockett 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.