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jenbizagogo
02-25-2003, 04:23 PM
I've always been a heavy metal girly at heart, so I was pleased to find out that Poison's drummer Rikki Rockett had chosen a vegan lifestyle! Here's an interview with him that I stumbled across and a link to his website:


http://www.rikkirockett.com/menupage/allframes.html



Hardcore Poison musician is also hardcore in his compassion
for animals. Way to Go ! Rikki ! ! ! !

Celebrity Interview:
Rikki Rockett

He's the notorious drummer for the band Poison, which has sold
more than 17 million albums since it first hit music store shelves in
1986. Prior to his overwhelming success in music, he went through such
jobs as lifeguard, suit salesman, emergency medical technician, and hair
stylist. Today, this former jack-of-all-trades is known for his rock and
roll spirit, but there's another side to Rikki Rockett. The hardcore
Poison musician is also hardcore in his compassion for animals.

AnimalNews: Hi Rikki, thanks for joining us for a little chat.

Rikki Rockett: Hey, I don't always get to talk about animals
when people interview me, so it's cool to do it.

AnimalNews: Before we get to questions about animals, I have a
couple of questions that I would love to hear the answers to. These are
just little background questions so our readers can get a better feel
about who you are.

Rockett: Okay.

AnimalNews: What are you doing with yourself nowadays?

Rockett: The band [Poison] is gearing up for a tour in spring
[of 1999], so that's on my mind of course. Aside from doing a ton of
other stuff, I've been working a lot in website design and development. And
of course I do what I can to be active in animal work.

AnimalNews: Do you have any heroes in your life?

Rockett: I've had plenty of people who are heroes to me. My mom
is maybe my biggest personal hero for teaching me to be compassionate
to people and animals and having enough self-respect to take pride in my
values. I also admire my sister, who teaches kids who have mental
retardation, and her patience with them is amazing. Another couple of people
who I admire are Buzz Aldrin, you know, the astronaut. And even though
he's also good friend of mine here in Los Angeles, I have a ton of
respect for Chris DeRose, who has done amazing work to help animals. And so
he's a
hero to me for doing that.
AnimalNews: Jumping right in with an animal question, when did
your sensitivity to animals begin?

Rockett: Well, I had a couple of pets growing up who I loved,
but it wasn't until a really crappy day when I was a kid that I realized
how I should be treating animals. I had this gun, and I was out target
shooting with it, and I saw a bird in a tree. I lifted the gun, and
without even thinking much about it, I picked off this bird. I don't even
know what kind of bird it was, some crow or something like that. But I
went over to this bird, who was dead on the ground, and I picked up its
body and just asked myself, "Why the h*** did I just do that?" I mean,
there was no reason to kill this bird, and I just took its life, just
like that. That's why the day was so crappy. I had killed this bird for
no good reason, and I had to live with myself. I think that's the
moment that it really clicked with me that animals are just treated so
god-awful in our world, and I started really thinking about that.

AnimalNews: You mentioned that you had a couple pets as a kid.
Do you think you learned anything from them?

Rockett: Yeah, my buddy was a dog named Tony who my dad had
driven home one night. This dog was a miserable looking street dog when we
took him in, but he came around quick and we grew pretty tight. We also
had a cat named Felisha who was the craziest cat for a couple reasons.
She would jump on a raft with me in our pool, and she was happy just to
be floating on the pool while I pushed us around. Anyway, she was cool,
but it was Tony who taught me what loyalty and friendship was all
about. He was so good to me. You know, they say that every kid should have a
dog, and I think there's so much truth to that. He was a great friend
and taught me a lot about how to be one back.

AnimalNews: Do you live with animals now?

Rockett: God yes. We have five dogs, five cats, four fish, and
two rats. They're all great.

AnimalNews: Now, you say you care about animals. Would you call
yourself an animal rights activist, or is that too far?

Rockett: Too far? I think animals should be able to do their
thing without being tortured, you know? I mean, just let rabbits be
rabbits. I don't think it's right that we [people] think we're so pompous
that we can cause pain to any animal we want. It's just not right. So, I
guess I'm an animal rights activist because I think they have the right
to live without pain. I'm certainly not going to apologize for that.
People sometimes have problems with this attitude, and I'm like, "Wait,
you're coming down on me because I'm such a caring guy that I don't like
to see rats suffering?" I don't get people who get angry at me because
maybe I care more than other people do.

AnimalNews: You mentioned that you live with rats, and then you
said also that you also care about rats and rabbits beyond the normal
pets that people have. Is there any particular reason why you have a
fondness for rats?

Rockett: When I was a kid, there was that movie "Willard" and I
really wanted to have a pet rat after seeing that. I asked around and
learned that I could get one from Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania
where I lived. So I called there and asked if I could buy one. The guy
said sure, but he'd need a note from my teacher to explain what
experiment I'll be doing. When I told him I wanted a pet, he acted all
surprised and said he couldn't let me have one. That was a clue to me that
rats had a raw deal in life. They're great little guys to have around,
very friendly, you know. It just disturbs me more than I can explain to
think about what they do to rats.

AnimalNews: So rats in experiments bother you?

Rockett: Oh, not just rats. Everything about animal experiments
bother me. Of everything we [people] do to animals, this is probably
the most horrible thing I can think of. I'm sure your readers don't want
gorey details, so I won't go into it, but like I said before, it blows
me away that we're so pompous that we can cut them apart, burn them,
poison them, and whatever the h*** we want without giving a crap about
their suffering. And that's not just experimenters who do that, because
there are a ton of companies and industries that treat animals like
crap, but those experiments just are so damn cruel and violent to me.

AnimalNews: Do you expect people to think like you do?

Rockett: Hey, I don't expect anyone to think like anyone else.
The only thing I ask from people is to at least have an open mind so
they can learn the truth and make up their own minds rather than just
doing and thinking what's easiest. That's what I expect; just an open mind.

AnimalNews: If any of your fans wanted to help animals, what's
the one thing you think they could do.

Rockett: Well, there's so much they can do, but just one
thing.... well, I think the best thing they can do, if they really care about
animals, is to avoid eating them. I mean, refusing to eat animals makes
a pretty powerful statement about compassion towards them. But that's a
pretty big step for many people, and if they didn't want to do that,
the other thing that comes to mind is spaying and neutering. Every person
who has a dog or cat should make sure the animals are fixed. There are
millions of cats and dogs dying in shelters because people are letting
their animals have puppies and kittens. Millions! What's so tough about
doing this [spay/neuter] thing, I don't understand. If people don't
care about rats or cows or birds, fine. But everyone loves dogs and cats,
but they don't mind adding to the too many that are already out there.
So, I think the easiest and best thing everyone can do is spay or
neuter their pets, and tell your neighbors to spay and neuter their pets,
and tell your friends, and tell you parents. Tell everyone. There's just
no excuse not to do it.

AnimalNews: That's all our questions for this segment. Thanks
for your time, Rikki. If people want to contact you about your feelings
about animals or about what's happening with Poison or about your
website design company, can they somehow contact you?

Rockett: People can email me at rockett@instanet.com if they'd
like. And thank you for letting me share my brain a little bit on
AnimalNews.com. I know I can get intense, but when animals are suffering,
it's a pretty intense subject.:skull:

Spaceman
02-25-2003, 04:45 PM
I also think he either designs or collects designer toilet seats. Now that's quite an interesting hobby! :)

VeganMegan
02-25-2003, 05:47 PM
Rikki Rockett is awesome! I love Poison too! He's a great guy and does a lot of cool stuff!

You can find a lot about him on Metal Sludge (http://www.metal-sludge.com/MainPage.htm) also.

jenbizagogo
02-26-2003, 09:57 AM
Rock on Vegan Megan! It's nice to get postive reinforcement once in a while when I mention I like Poison...and Rikki Rockett...tee hee ;)

Spaceman, I'll have to look into that toliet seat cover thing you mentioned! I myself have a strange fascination with taking photos of unique looking toliets :D Maybe that's not the best thing to mention on a message board....:embarr:

Spaceman
02-26-2003, 10:13 AM
Lookie here :o

http://www.rikkirockett.com/art/diary/diaryamerica_menu.html

jenbizagogo
02-26-2003, 05:58 PM
Okay, so I'm not a big fan of his designer toliet bowl seats...
Thanks Spaceman :)

Dandelion
02-26-2003, 06:10 PM
...them covers ROCK!
:D


Originally posted by jenbizagogo
Okay, so I'm not a big fan of his designer toliet bowl seats...
Thanks Spaceman :)

jenbizagogo
02-26-2003, 06:15 PM
okay, well maybe some of them are cool, but when I'm in the bathroom, the last thing I want to see is a naked bride of frankenstein ;)

Delirium76
03-05-2003, 09:54 PM
I come to post about my vegan hero and he's already posted! :)

jenbizagogo
05-26-2003, 05:27 PM
Just saw Poison in concert last night and it was fantastic! A friend of mine's roommate works in the kitchen at the Chicago Diner (vegetarian restaurant here in Chicago), and said that Rikki Rocket came and hung out for a couple of hours eating vegan food! :D Wish I would've coincidentally been there! :D

misanthropy
05-28-2003, 02:02 PM
I so want to see the newly reformed Skid Row (never was a fan of Poison) but I don't know if I'll be able to.

*thinks*

Eureka! My sister's friend is usually a roadie with Poison for the past few years. I'll have to see if he can get me tickets.

*crosses fingers*

(if only Rachel Bolan was vegan... *sighs*)

jenbizagogo
05-28-2003, 02:14 PM
Originally posted by misanthropy
want to see the newly reformed Skid Row but I don't know if I'll be able to.

(if only Rachel Bolan was vegan... *sighs*) [/B]

Skid Row was awesome at the show!!!...I was almost convinced that it was Sebastian Bach up on stage with the band...but the only originals are Snake, Scotti, and Rachel.

Rachel Bolan :smitten:
Totally off topic, but my parents never gave me a middle name. They said when I make my confirmation in 9th grade, I can choose my confirmation name and use that as my middle name....I chose Rachel...after a certain nose-chain-wearing bass player ;) I was only like 13 or something-gimme a break :D

misanthropy
05-28-2003, 02:47 PM
That story is so cute about your middle name!

The all-time best concert I've ever been to was the Guns & Roses "Use Your Illusion" tour with Skid Row opening. Awesome, AWESOME show.

I love how Rachel Bolan looks in his short hair too... :smitten:

:p

jenbizagogo
05-28-2003, 08:37 PM
Oh! I saw that tour, too! It was soooo awesome :D I hope you get to see Skid Row this time around, too, misanthropy!!!

CountAgranoff
11-08-2006, 01:30 PM
Dude has an ALF tattoo.

Awesome.

-David

MissLovely
11-08-2006, 01:32 PM
Rad!

stegan
11-08-2006, 01:32 PM
Didn't his hair create the hole in the ozone layer??? :)

veganshawn
11-08-2006, 02:11 PM
One of the guys from Def leppard (sp?) is veggie as well.

Miso Vegan
11-08-2006, 06:48 PM
Rikki Rockett kissed me.

hazelfaern
11-08-2006, 07:00 PM
Rikki Rockett kissed me.

When?

Miso Vegan
11-08-2006, 07:46 PM
Oh, that must've been '86 or '87.