Rikki grew up in Harrisburg
decided to become
drummer after hearing Peter Criss of Kiss.
was only twelve when he got his first drum kit, which he used to bang out
his favourite tunes by the Beatles and Aerosmith.
long, Rockett landed in a local cover band, through which he
up with vocalist Bret Michaels who shared Rikki's
to write original material.
no forum for original acts back east," Rockett
explained. "You can stick in a few of your
songs, but the bars prefer covers."
the pair (accompanied by bassist Bobby Dall and
Matt Smith) saved up enough money to finance the move to Los Angeles where
they began their rise to the top of the rock heap with their over-the-top
image and live performances.
"I think people are instantly
attracted to an image that's lavish and colossal, so we work hard to create
a spectacle, to be entertaining," Rikki said
a few years ago.
Rockett, who himself is a haircolorist and stylist
he first me Michaels when he came over to Bret's house to cut his sister
Michele's hair), is pending less time on his hair nowadays, preferring
to let Poison's music do all the talking.
much of Rockett's time away from the band is taken up by his involvement
in Old Ghosts Design line of clothes and accessories, which he formed with
skateboarding pal John A.Grigley.
"Our stuff is anti-fashion.
And it's got a real sense of humour," Rikki
said of the company, which manufactures pants, dresses, t-shirts, necklaces
and bracelets,among other goodies.
While Rikki sticks mostly to playing drums, he is also
a skill which he has put to great use on the band's most recent recorded
"It's so much easier to explain
a song (to the rest of the group) if you can play it. It's really
bitchin' the way we work together," stated
the drummer proudly.
all write separately, but then we bring the songs in to the pile and band
just rips it apart and says, 'We're going to do this,and it's totally different
by the time it's done. Maybe 10 years from now I'll be whole enough
to write as good as Poison does together. But I don't know,"
the 5'11", 155 pound Rockett laughed.
Having spent most of the last decade performing and virtually
living with his bandmates (in fact, literally so in Poison's earlydays
in L.A.), Rikki admits that relations between various group members have
from time to time gotten extremely tense, but not nearly to the extent
that it has been reported in the press.
"Sometimes people observe
you and come up with stuff," the unmarried
"Back east, we don't
discussthings, we scream at each other. So people will see us hollering
and say, 'That it. They're breaking up.' Then, it's like, five minutes
later, we'll hug each other or whatever. That's just the way we discuss
things, and people see that and freak out. It's theway my parents
talk to each other."
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