Rikki says band can all play so much better today – and he’s still pushing to make a new record

Rikki Rockett

Debut redo: Rockett

Poison drummer Rikki Rockett wishes the band could re-record their first album, Look What the Cat Dragged In, because they can all play better than they could in 1986.

And he’s continuing to pressure his bandmates to make a new record, so they can make use of their life experiences and avoid being labelled a legacy act.

Poison will regroup to tour the US with Motley Crue and the New York Dolls this summer, marking their 25th anniversary. Rockett hopes there might be the chance to play Look What the Cat Dragged In live before or after the main shows.

The drummer tells Bravewords: “I wish to God I could re-record those songs, because I play differently now. The core of who I am is the same but I’d put a much better spin on it. I’d throw in those little things that I just didn’t know back then.

“They say you should tour and play all your songs before coming home and recording them, but that’s not how it worked. We did exactly the opposite – you don’t always get the choice.

“We weren’t at the best place in our lives when we made that record. We’d been turned down by every record company and we considered ourselves to be settling for an independent.

“We didn’t have any money and we couldn’t play gigs because we were concentrating on the songs.

“But our music partied and we decided to make a record that felt like that – if it lived in us, maybe it would live in other people too. And it worked.”

Rockett, who owns his own drum manufacturing company, believes Poison would be capable of making a “really great” record today, and he’s hoping to persuade singer Bret Michaels, guitarist CC DeVille and bassist Bobby Dall to do just that.

He says: “Here’s the thing that drives me crazy: we’ve learned so much in our twenty-five year career. It amazes me that we’re not putting that together into an album.

“I know I’m a better player than I was even ten years ago, and I know everybody is better. I can’t tell you how overdue a new record is – I wanted to do it last summer, then we’d be going out on this tour with a new record.

“Bret’s doing a lot of his own stuff right now and it’s fairly difficult to work around. But it’s never too late to make a new record. It would be really good to do it after we come off this tour. We could go back to headlining next year with a new record. I’d love that – it’s time.”

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