Poison Drummer Low-Key Slams Virtuosic Jazz and Prog Musicians, Claims ’Rock ’N’ Roll Is Not Dead’ After Tour With Mötley Crüe

Kicking off this June, The Stadium Tour has now come to its end. Mötley Crüe and Def Leppard were joined by Poison and Joan Jett, marking this one hell of a 1980s throwback combo. And after the tour’s overall success, everyone involved is, obviously, celebrating how it all went down.

POISON - Full Concert Stadium Tour Live @ Hard Rock Stadium, Miami FL 18 JUN 2022

The same goes for drummer Richard Allan Ream, famously known as Rikki Rockett of the Poison. In his new social media post, he looked back on the tour, explaining that its success proves that rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well. He said:

“Such a crazy summer! I think we proved that Rock ‘N’ Roll is not dead. Neither is our brand of Rock ‘N’ Roll! We still have our pundits and quite frankly, it’s part of our success.

However, he also adds:

“Back in the day, Jazz peeps criticized Rock ‘N’ Roll for having players who weren’t proficient all the while having zero idea what makes good Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Going more into this post, we can notice that he aimed further toward those jazz and prog musicians. Rikki said:

“Poison isn’t a jazz rock fusion/progressive metal band. Hell, most of the time we aren’t even really metal, we are Rock ‘N’ Roll. To those folks, enjoy stuffing 32nd notes into a 150 Bpm song or whatever floats your boat. Rock ‘N’ Roll moves the soul and if you all hate us for it, then that is cool!”

Poison - Nothin' But A Good Time - 09/07/2022 - Oracle Park - San Francisco - 4K Video

“We moved souls this summer. I know it. I saw it in the fans eyes. Not the critics. I could not not give two shits about you critics. Baste in your sour cream sauce of hate.

“Nuthin’ But a Good Time? Damn right! I love you all! Till next time, remember: Seeing is believing, but feeling is the truth.”

Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx also celebrated the tour’s success, sharing this statement on Twitter:

“Great to be home after such an amazing tour with everybody. If you saw the show you can probably get an idea how much work goes into it. To look out at the snake river cutting its way through the mountains is a great reset. Thank you for coming to #TheStadiumTour


Of course, there’s more stuff coming up and Mötley Crüe is planning to get back on the road with Def Leppard. Recently, there were also some talks about getting back to the US in 2024 but we’re yet to see what comes out of those plans.

Photo: Matt Becker (RikkiRockett)


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