Michael Christopher of DelcoTimes.com recently conducted an interview with POISON drummer Rikki Rockett. A few excerpts from the chat follow.
On being arrested on strong-arm rape charges at LAX (he was later exonerated):
"I'm completely off the hook because they admitted they had the wrong guy.
"Rape was the furthest thing from my mind — I've never raped anybody. I thought maybe I had insulted somebody or there was a bill I didn't pay. And when they took me in and sat me down and told me it was criminal, and that I had a rape charge, I've never felt that kind of a rush go through my body."
"That's like being told you have cancer. I mean, when somebody attaches that to your name, there's not a whole lot worse that can be attached to it. I think child molestation might be worse, murder might be worse, though in some cases it might be better if it's in your own defense. That's just one thing you don't want tagged with your name."
"There were a lot of people just poised to say something about me or my band or any member of our band, so when this came out they were all over it. Immediately I started losing some of the products I was putting out, people refusing my posters in stores, it was a gnarly, gnarly thing to happen."
"The worst thing was when I went to a Wal-Mart to pick up a cooler or something, and there's this woman in her mid-30s who's probably a POISON fan because she seemed to have recognized me, and she grabs her four year old girl and just takes her around the corner to get her out of my line of sight as quick as she could. That just hurt. Normally someone would say, 'This is my daughter, she's a future POISON fan.' I'm used to that, but I'm not used to someone taking their kid away because they're scared of me!"
"When the pressure began to grow, and [the woman who made the accusation] realized I had never been to that casino, that I had never been to that part of the state, I hadn't been in Mississippi during that month, she knew she was in pretty deep and had to get out somehow. Now she's saying that no, it is in fact this other guy. The day that this happened, by the way, I was with my fiancée as she was trying on wedding dresses."
Read the entire interview at DelcoTimes.com.