Rikki Rockett of Poison has oral cancer | EW.com


Poison drummer Rikki Rockett reveals cancer battle

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Rikki Rockett, the longtime drummer of glam rock band Poison, revealed he’s battling oral cancer. Rockett told Eddie Trunk during his Monday SiriusXM show Eddie Trunk Live that the 54-year-old endured nine bouts of chemotherapy and seven weeks of radiation treatment after his summer diagnosis, per Blabbermouth.

“The first doctor I went to sat me down, looked me in the eyes, and he said, ‘You’ve had pretty good health all your life,’” Rockett told Trunk. “He said, ‘It is very treatable, it’s very curable, but it is a son of a bitch to treat, and I’m gonna hurt you.’ And it scared the hell out of me.”

Rockett says he will take a PET Scan in February to see if he’s declared cancer-free.

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The drummer was a founding member of Poison, along with frontman Bret Michaels and bassist Bobby Dall, and has remained in the group since 1980. The rockers haven’t performed a major gig together since 2013.

Read Rockett’s full comments, including what’s been the hardest part of the experience and how his soon-to-be ex-mother-in-law helped him, at Blabbermouth.