Poison Heading Into Studio To Record Some 'Fuel-Injected Hard Rock'

Band has written and finished pre-production on its seventh studio album.

If there's an upside to Poison bassist Bobby Dall's recent emergency back

surgery, it's that the hair metal kings have had time off the road to write

their next album.

Drummer Rikki Rockett said Sunday at the My VH1 Music Awards (see "Dave Matthews

Band Bathes In Fan Flattery At My VH1 Music Awards") that the band has written

and finished pre-production on its seventh studio album and plans to enter

a Los Angeles studio next week.

"The songs are awesome," Rockett said. "I really, really love these songs.

It's fuel-injected hard rock Poison stuff. I think people really need it.

And I really need it. A lot of times you listen to all your new songs right

back and there's always something wrong with them. I love everything on

these."

One of the new tracks, "I Want to Go Home," is a tongue-in-cheek number

about being somewhere you don't want to be, Rockett said.

Poison will follow up the album with a summer headlining tour, the drummer

said. The "Nothin' But a Good Time" rockers' last tour, the Glam Slam Metal

Jam, ended abruptly in early August when Dall had emergency surgery to

replace several discs in his spine (see "Poison Tour Dates Canceled As

Bassist Undergoes Emergency Surgery").

The group's most recent album, 2000's Power to the People, featured

five new tracks, along with eight live recordings, including a rendition of the 1988 #1 hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn."

Flamboyant guitarist C.C. DeVille, who has left Poison and returned twice in the past

(see "C.C. DeVille Rejoins Poison"), will record with the band

on the new album.