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Rewind with Rikki Rockett, 4/20/00

 

METAL SLUDGE REWIND WITH…
Rikki Rockett
Poison’s Rikki Rockett

We last talked to Rikki Rockett on March 27, 1999.  Rikki has been a long time Sludgeaholic and has a good sense of humor, which you’ll be able to see in his Rewind interview here.  He even talks some shit!  

Strike A Pose1.  What are you currently up to now?
Doing the Poison artwork for the record, recording my own Glitter For Your Soul 70′s glitter re-hash record and prepping for the Poison "Power To The People Tour.

2.  Sebastian Bach recently said that people who listen to Skid Row don’t listen to Poison.  What are your thoughts on that comment?
Oh, please! I think it’s more like no one is listening to Sebastian Bach.

3.  You are a vegan, which means not only do you not eat meat, but you don’t even have any diary products!  Dude, why can’t you have a glass of milk?  Haven’t you heard it does the body good?  What’s the problem with having some milk and cheese??
It’s full of pus, literally! Steriod injected cow pus cream is what milk is. The cows aren’t going to Disneyland after they are through hammering their infected udders either. Humans need cow milk about as much as we need batmilk.

4.  It’s almost time for the Power to the People tour. Do you think all four bands will do every date,
I have no idea, really.
Will the groups stay intact with the same members
Well, they never have before.
and lastly will Bret ever perform without something on his head?
Yes, as a matter of fact I think he will.

5.  Rate the following drummers on a scale of 1 to 10.  1 being somebody with no rhythm and 10 being a funky cat.
Bobby Blotzer
Fred Coury
Lars Ulrich
Tommy Lee
Mick Brown
Blas Elias
Steve Riley
Peter Criss
Vikki Foxx
Joey Kramer
They are actually all really good. I mean it. This isn’t a political move. Metal sludge knows me, I won’t hold bach. < Pun!

6.   Why did Poison choose to take Slaughter out?  Cinderella doesn’t like them, Don Dokken doesn’t think very highly of Dana Strum, so why did you take our Slaughter?  What’s the logic behind that?
What good would a tour be without some drama? It should be interesting.

7.  Your real name is Richard Ream. Which is basically Dick Ream. Which sounds like a male Porn Stars name. Are your parents playing a practical joke on you or what? And will you name your son Hugh Dick Ream?
Yeah, it is pretty Porn ain’t it? Pretty Porn! Now that is a good name for a Glam band! or… at least a record. Anyway, I’ve always been called Ricki. I don’t think my parents realized that I would be lambasted with the Dick innuendos. Well, Mom and Dad, I have been and here is the proof! I won’t name my son Hugh Dick Ream, but I may name a daughter that. Wouldn’t that be funny? Really fuck the kid up. See, I’ll get my revenge on the world for having a Dick oriented name!

8.  Ted Nugent says that deer hunting is good for nature for several reasons.  It helps thin the population cause if you let the deer population get too big, there won’t be enough food for all the deer,
Ted loves to try and be the environmentalist doesn’t he? Deer herds thin themselves. Besides, there are programs yearly like what the NRA does to elevate the population so people can shoot bambi. NRA loves it because ammo is taxed to support such programs. Fucked huh? Especially if you aren’t the measly 6% of people that hunt.
plus disease could wipe out even more deer.
Does a hunter know what ones are diseased when they are in his sights?
You also have more deer/car accidents if you have too many deer.
Yes, it escalates about 90% during hunting season ’cause the deer are scared out of their fuckin’ wits and out of the woods.

Do you agree with Ted on this, or would you rather outlaw hunting all together and risk wiping out the deer population and have people possibly get killed in deer/car accidents?
Obviously I don’t agree with a man who defecates in his pants to avoid the draft and then tries to be a man’s man. I would rather people act out of their own conscious rather than outlaw things. On the other hand, it’s asking a lot of some people to do that.

9.  How much success do you think Samantha 7′s album will have?
A.  It’ll only sell 10,000 copies
B.  It’ll make Union look triple platinum
C.  It will be certified diamond within a year
D.  C.C. will overdose before its release

C.C. will overdose before its release.

10.  Rate the following chicks on a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being a hamburger that you wouldn’t touch and 10 being a veggie burger that you’d eat every bite of.

Britney Spears = People say I am just about old enough to be her father. Now wouldn’t that be fun! However, she does milk ads and wears fur, so fuck her! She gets a 0 and her ass gets a 10.
Gwen Stefani = Gwen is hot. It’s all about her style though. Strip her down to nothing and she’s probably pretty average. Like me. I suck without an image. Wouldn’t we make a great couple? I give us a 10 because alone we would be 5′s.
Pamela Anderson = Nice young lady. She wouldn’t work out for me because as much as I have this rep for a big dick, I think Tommy has me beat in that dept. Me and Pam’s counselor would be saying "Quit referring to each other as needle dick and canyon cunt and maybe we can work this out!" She deserves a 10 for ballsiness and a 0 for still being with Tommy. Pam, get out before you are stretched to the limit!
Carmen Electra = Never met the young lady, but she is fab. No one is a 10 but she comes close at a 9.
Bobbie Brown = Beautiful looking chick but will probably have warts at some point from playing with frogs. 10 in the looks, 0 in the brain. Let’s average at 5 overall.
Kristy Gibson = It’s my child and it’s time Bret knew the truth! It’s gonna be a tough tour…
Donna D’Errico = Ballsy, pretty, sexy and with a groovy attitude. She could’a been a 10 but gave Poison the raw deal with her 20 questions comment. Shazzam! You get a 7 for that shit!
Susie Hatton = No children. Wheew, I guess I got away with that one!
Stefanie, the chick drummer for Kid Rock = I never met her. I’ll do what I do with tips. Here is half (5), you get the other half if you treat me right.
Gerri Miller = Clearly a 10! I love bigfoot!

11.   Do you feel that using an animal name in a bands name, song or album title or in photos is in some way a form of breaking a vegan’s strict beliefs? Examples are: The cow on the Aerosmith CD cover and The 3 legged dog on the Alice In Chains cover.
No, I don’t in general. If the name was like "Club All Seals" or "Firecrackers For Cats Asses" or something, well then yes I’d be against it.

12.   Please name 5 greats and 5 hates?
Greats:
My Parents, in spite of my naming. (For putting up with my stank ass.)
Poison (Humble, ain’t I?)
Religious Cults Of All Types (Otherwise, no one would ever come to visit me.)
The Flushing Toilet (Without this invention, life would really suck!)
Toothpaste and Brush (Without this, my breath would smell like a non-flushing toilet.)
Hates:
Name droppers. (Michael Jackson told me never to name drop.)
Vivisectionists. (People who experiment on living animals.)
Anyone who disses Poison. (Hey, fuck you!)
People who hate me. (Hey, fuck you again!)
To all you virgins, thanks for nothing!

13.  Ingrid Newkirk, leader of PETA, equates the slaughter of chickens with the death of Jews in the Holocaust.  Isn?t that a fucked up thing to say?
Liar! She said the slaughter of Chickens is like an animal holocaust.

14.   Listed below are 20 bands.  Now your job is to pick 4 bands you would like to tour with, and put them in order from opener to headliner.  And also throw Poison in there as well.
Union
Slaughter
Warrant
Kid Rock
Metallica
Ted Nugent
Skid Row
Sebastian Bach
Pantera
Aerosmith
Motley Crue
Limp Bizkit
Ratt
Kiss
RuPaul
Backstreet Boys
Coal Chamber
Anthrax
L.A. Guns
Slipknot

No. I won’t do it Metal Sludge! Actually, I’d rather tour by ourselves. We’d make more money that way. What, am I a moron? (Don’t answer that!)

15.   What do you remember about the following years:
1980 = Some chick that was as an astronomy major that I fucked. (Hey, you asked!)
1984 = Poison moves to California. Hello cockroaches!
1987 = Getting 50 bucks to buy some clothes after we did a show. (This is figuratively important. I’m not that shallow.)
1990 = Records, videos, tours and never seeing home.
1992 = Picking the wrong chick.
1994 = No Mercy Comics (Rikki goes veggie one year before!)
1997 = Confused, miffed. Downright ready to rock!

An Offer CC Can't Refuse!
The guys making sure CC will tour this Summer.

16.   C.C. is about as predictable as an earthquake. Is that because he is…
A. A stupid drug addicted self centered selfish prick
B. Very jealous of Bret and his extensive head wardrobe
C. He thinks he’ll have solo success like Peter Frampton, Carlos Santana or Eric Clapton.
D. Just a plain old jackass
Come on now. That was mean! He’s an asshole. God, ya have to be so insensitive?

17.   Please pick your poison, pun intended.
Lip stick or Lip Gloss = Lip stick
Talk Dirty or Whisper Filthy = Talk Dirty (Why’d ya even ask?)
Fred Durst or Jonathan Davis = How about Fred Davis? Sounds like a talk show host from the 70′s!
Deal With CC or Deal Crack Cocaine = Deal with C.C. At least it’s legal.
Golden Shower or Facial Shot = Am I givin’ or takin’? I do like to facial a broad now and again. As for gettin’, I’m not that worldly. Sorry.
Boob Job or Wonder Bra = Boob Jobs as long as they don’t look like a Stan Winston effect.
Ted Nugent or Fred Bear = Who the fuck is Fred Bear?
Jackie Chan or Chuck Norris = Jackie Chan
Sebastian Bach or a hamburger = Hamburger ( A veggie one, thank you!)
Pamela Anderson or Britney Spears = Britney Spears (It’s all about the ass. I wonder if she ever considered a Mickey Mouse tattoo on it?)

18.  Do you feel bad that Tracii Guns was only in Poison for about 2 weeks, and is now back to playing with L.A. Guns in front of about 200 people? Wasn’t that sort of a cruel joke?
Yes, I really do feel bad. We did it to fuck with his head, undermine his ego and attempt to control his fate. It didn’t work.

19.   You guys released Swallow This Live back in 1991, which was your live album along with 4 studio tracks.  Now you guys are releasing another live album with 5 studio tracks.  Is it really necessary to release another live album, which is basically going to have the same songs that Swallow This Live did?
No, it isn’t necessary to have the live stuff. However, we didn’t have enough time to do a whole record and have it ready to tour with this year. We recorded some shows from the last tour, so why not?. The new live songs do sound better than our first live record anyway. It commerates the 1999 summer tour. Really dandy now ain’t it?

Isn’t that something Kiss would do?
No, Kiss would re-record the stuff in the studio. Should we do that?

20.  Time for Metal Sludge’s Word Association.  We mention a name and you give us your thoughts.
Stephen Pearcy = Ratt (Well, that’s what I think of.)
Warrant = I know, I really do need to pay that damn fine.
David Lee Roth = Bitter, bitter, bitter.
Limp Bizkit = A bass player that would rather be in Slip Knot.
Sebastian Bach = I don’t know. I’ve never seen him live and since no Poison fans go to his shows, I haven’t heard any reports either.
Joey Allen = Got out in time!
Tracii Guns = A swell fellow.
Vince Neil = Blondes. Vince likes blondes. (Again, I can’t help it, that’s what comes to mind!)
 Tommy Lee = Yo!
Gene Simmons = Poor horror film trivia recollection. It’s true. He doesn’t know all the answers. He thinks he does. Just pull some horror trivia out from the dust and ask him some time. He ain’t all that.

Now that was pretty good, even if Rikki did puss out on the Rate A Drummer and Pick A Tour.  He still answered all the questions and put some effort into it.  Plus he admitted he’s the father of Bret’s child!!

How many Slaughter fans are actually going to think that’s true?

Anyways, to check out more of what Rikki is up to, you can go to www.rikkirockett.com.

For the latest on Poison, you can take your ass to www.poisonweb.com.

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