Poison’s drummerRicki Rockett recently shared a Facebook post about the Stadium Tour, and he said that their performances on stage with Mötley Crüe have refuted the long-debated ‘rock is dead’ claim.

In 2019, a collaboration with a very exciting lineup was announced. Rock giants Def Leppard, Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts had planned a stadium tour together. The tour, which was scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020, had to be rescheduled several times due to COVID-19 restrictions. On June 16, 2022, the long-awaited tour finally began and has attracted significant attention.

As it is known, Gene Simmons’ ‘rock is dead’ statement has caused endless debates in the rock world. Poison member Rikki Rockett shared a Facebook post about the tour and said their performances defied the ‘rock is dead’ claim. Rikki said that he saw the excitement in the eyes of their fans and that he felt like they moved their souls.

In his post overflowing with excitement, Ricki stated that their performance on stage proved that rock and roll is still alive. He noted that rock ‘n’ roll was initially criticized by jazz players, who claimed that rock musicians were incompetent, even though they didn’t know what good rock ‘n’ roll was.

The musician said that their performance on the Stadium Tour has demonstrated what good rock music is and proved that it is still alive. The drummer added that he enjoyed this tour very much, and being able to move the souls of their listeners made him very happy.

Rikki’s recent post on Facebook read:

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

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!

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

The Stadium Tour was Mötley Crüe’s first tour in 7 years and Def Leppard’s first in 3 years. Poison was the special guest on the tour co-headlined by the two. Def Leppard’s Vivian Campbell rang the bells of a possible global tour with Mötley Crüe, but that plan is uncertain at the moment.