Poison Drummer On His Memoir: ‘It’s Nearing Completion’

March 30, 2024

Poison co-founder and drummer Rikki Rockett says he’s finishing up his memoir (which will focus largely on his time with the band)!


Earlier this week, you saw Rikki (real name Richard Allan Ream) post to social media, “I haven’t really made an announcement or press release yet, but I have been working on a book and it’s nearing completion. This book is of course about my life, but much of it about Poison through my eyes. What would you all like to really know?”

Poison has sold over 50 million albums, released eight studio albums, four live albums, and four compilations. They’ve had 10 singles on the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Poison sold over 3 million copies of an independent album, which included “Talk Dirty To Me”, “I Won’t Forget You”, “Cry Tough”, “I Want Action” and “Look What The Cat Dragged In”. Soon after, Capitol Records signed them.

The bands’ original lineup – Rockett, singer Bret Michaels, bassist Bobby Dall and guitarist C.C. DeVille – toured “The Stadium Tour” with Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts in 2022.

Rockett was diagnosed with oral cancer in 2015 and was declared cancer free the following year. 

Rikki married TC Smith at the Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, California in April  ’22. He was previously married to singer/songwriter Melanie Martel. They share joint custody of their two kids — son Jude Aaron Rockett and daughter Lucy Sky Rockett.

Oh the stories Rikki can tell. This’ll be a great read! What’s your favourite rock book?


Written by Todd Hancock