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Below is our complete Ratt news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...
This week a new video from Sammy Hagar and Friends and a rock and roll hair flashback that goes way, way back. It’s been 25 years since the classic Sam Kinison version of “Wild Thing.” Putting these two videos together confirms what I’ve suspected: EVERYTHING has changed since 1988! More...
Band performance times are now available for Rocklahoma, the three-day camping festival to occur at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.
Rocklahoma will celebrate its seventh year on May 24th, 25th, and 26th. The lineup is as follows:
Thursday, May 23
Pre-Party on the AXiS Campground Stage
6:00 PM Triple Se7en
7:00 PM Bruce Flea
8:00 PM Searching For Sanity
9:00 PM Sleepwalking Home
10:00 PM Motortrain
11:00 PM Baron Von Swagger
12:00 AM Rocker Lips
1:00 AM Drek
2:00 AM KingShifter
Friday, May 24
4:35 PM All That Remains
5:45 PM Ratt
7:10 PM Papa Roach
8:40 PM Bush
10:30 PM Guns N’ Roses
Hard Rock Stage
3:15 PM Zero Crossing
4:00 PM Otherwise
5:10 PM The Sword
6:35 PM Escape The Fate
8:05 PM Clutch
9:45 PM Device More...
Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses) is back with his new band named Adler and a new single titled “The One You Hated.” The band insists that the band is about a man/woman relationship and not what we all assume: heroin. Of course, I guess it could be about Axl Rose as well, or maybe the song is about Steven from the mindset of Celebrity Rehab’s Dr. Drew. Either way you look at it, Steven has an impressive memory catalog to pull inspiration from… More...
Looking for a new flavor or a new way of spicing up your life? Well look no more. High River Sauces, the award winning Hot Sauce Company started by music industry veteran and Mosh Potatoes Cookbook (Simon & Schuster) author Steve Seabury is proud to announce the Top Fuel Verde Sauce in collaboration with Stephen Pearcy of the multi-platinum selling band Ratt and Chef Chris Santos of the Food Network's highest rated Show "Chopped". More...
In a recent interview with RockMusicStar.com's John Jeffrey, Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer revealed that the group is currently writing material for a new album, which will be released next year. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:
Q: Let's talk about Ratt. Is the same lineup still together, which recorded the last record, Infestation?
A: "Yes. And that record turned out amazing. It was critically acclaimed around the world. And on the charts here in America, it made it to #30. We also got a couple Grammy nods. So we were very excited and weren't expecting that to happen. So right now, we're in writing mode. And looking at a spring release and summer tour. That's generally what everybody does. Hopefully we'll wind up touring longer than last time, and at least do 6 months."
Q: It's good to hear there will be another new Ratt CD, as fans really loved Infestation. Unlike so many other bands who've done 'comeback' or 'reunion records', Infestation delivered the goods, and really sounds like the band that people remember.
A: "We weren't even writing that record, trying to cop that vibe. We were just individually writing and collectively taking each other's songs, and then putting our own individuality into our own songs. And they just came out sounding like a record that would have fit in between Out Of The Cellar and Invasion Of Your Privacy, respectively. It was a trip to see how everyone gravitated towards that record."
Read the full article at RockMusicStar.com.
I found it entertaining that one of the reasons Chickenfoot named their second album “III” was to pass by the sophomore slump album and go right to their third. Three great albums in a row is no small feat. This week I (one opinion) take a look at some bands that have successfully accomplished the feat of: The Trifecta! More...
25 years ago hard rock and glam albums found regular rotation on the radio and pop culture thanks to MTV, Circus Magazine, and eighties culture. 1986 was riding the fringe of hair band saturation, but also the year Metallica and Megadeth put out timeless efforts. Since 1986 we have seen the grunge era, the boy band era, and the release of St. Anger. We’ve seen it all in the last 25 years.
Here’s a look back at ten of these classic albums in no particular order. There is a twist as Marry/Fuck/Kill rules apply. It’s as simple as it sounds. M (Marry) is a song you want to “save” and listen to forever, F (Fuck) is the song you get one more listen to and that is it, and K (Kill) is the song you want to go away and never be heard from again.
Master of Puppets (Metallica)
M: Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
F: Damage, Inc.
K: The Thing That Should Not Be
(NOTE: It really is the perfect “F” song) More...
If Steven Adler (Adler’s Appetite, ex-Guns N Roses) has a “to do” list it would probably read “Make Amy Fisher Cry on Celebrity Rehab” and be crossed off several times... More...
It was 1982 when the lineup of Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Robbin Crosby (guitar), Warren DeMartini (guitar), Juan Croucier (bass), and Bobby Blotzer (drums) came together. Their first recording was an EP, then released as the self titled Ratt LP. The first album contained songs “You Think You’re Tough” and “Back for More” which immediately connected to a rising number of eighties heavy metal fans. The cover featured the leg of Tawny Kitaen who would help establish this band with a connection to models, hookers, and sex that would carry them through their next several albums.
After their debut, Ratt was quickly hailed as heroes on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles; it wasn’t until the release of their 1984 album, “Out of the Cellar,” when Ratt blew up across the country and world. Ratt’s “Out of the Cellar” kicks off with Stephen Pearcy telling us about “A Lone Dealer, with Snake Eyes” in “Wanted Man.” Track three provided us with one of the biggest hits of the decade in “Round and Round,” a song that will stick in your head for days, also a glimpse into Ratt’s musical inspiration (fast women and hookers), which would be continuously detailed during their next three albums. Side 2 begins with the guitar heavy “Lack of Communication,” and continues strong through an updated version of “Back for More.”
For the video “Round and Round,” Ratt stepped it up, using Milton Berle in drag and an over the top dinner party where guitar solos fell through the ceiling and (predictably) rat was served as the main course. Think average night at Charlie Sheen’s house. Given their radio friendly hits, Ratt set themselves apart from some of the other acts (see: Motley Crue) and were enjoying a large piece of the glam metal pie. The album again featured Tawny Kitaen, this time crawling out of a sewer. Where was she crawling to?
In 1985, the boys from Ratt released “Invasion of Your Privacy,” an approved follow-up from their last album; again the focus of the songs was pretty much about getting laid. 1986 brought the album “Dancing Undercover,” a non-stop rock opera of lust, models, and yes, hookers. If this truly is meant to be a rock opera, I’m assuming the story is about a girl. The girl is a whore. This was essentially the third consecutive album that although resonated well with the fans, was now beginning to lose their MTV appeal compared to Motley Crue, a band that had found ways to change their image and also create a sweet ballad named “Home Sweet Home.” Was it possible Pearcy had the choice of writing a ballad or appearing in an issue of Playgirl (May 1986)? I say yes. “Dancing Undercover” contained the song “Body Talk,” which was featured in Eddie Murphy’s movie The Golden Child. This was Eddie’s first movie since the pantheon trifecta of 48 Hours-Trading Places-Beverly Hills Cop where Murphy failed to make people laugh. Is this related to the soundtrack? Probably more to do with the PG-13 rating, but its worth noting.
Finally, Ratt’s 1988 album, “Reach for the Sky” attempted a ballad named “Way Cool Jr.”, but instead created a great blues song vs. a wet the panties ballad. Ironically, this song holds up quite well today. The video followed a mystery man whose life revolves around champagne and bathroom blow jobs. Who is this mystery man? We will never know. My guess is John Stamos. This was during the time he was killing it as a mullet wearing Uncle Jesse on Full House. He seems like a champagne, bathroom blow job kind of guy.
In 1990, “Detonator” was released and never got a chance. It was a new decade where the glam metal scene was saturated and Robbin Crosby was falling into drug addiction. After this, the band released the song “Nobody Rides For Free” for the Point Break soundtrack. There is an accompanying video that accentuates the powerful acting of Keanu Reeves and Gary Busey in this classic surfing thriller.
As with most glam metal bands from the eighties, the next five years (92-96) were not good for Ratt. The band went on hiatus. During this time, Pearcy sang with several bands including Arcade, VD, and Vertex. Crosby played in Secret Service and then was diagnosed with HIV turning quickly into AIDS. DeMartini played with Whitesnake and then some solo projects.
At the end of the decade the band reunited for the album “Ratt.” With Robbie Crane on bass, the band went for a new type of music, turning out a more blues rock feel. For a band known for strip club anthems, this was a disaster; the band again broke up shortly after. In 2002 Robbin Crosby died from a heroin overdose. DeMartini , Blotzer, Keri Kelli on guitar (to soon be replaced by John Corabi), and singer Jizzy Pearl toured as Ratt, while Stephen Pearcy toured as both Ratt featuring Stephen Pearcy and then Rat Bastards.
In 2009, Stephen Pearcy, Robbie Crane, Bobby Blotzer, and Warren DeMartini reunited and began working on a new album, “Infestation.” The album was a critical success, bringing back the sound and nostalgia from Ratt’s earlier work. The album was released in 2010 and followed by a tour. Reports have stated Carlos Cavozo is now the guitarist and that the band is again, on hiatus.
Looking back on the eighties, you would be hard pressed to find three consecutive albums (“Out of the Cellar,” “Invasion of your Privacy,” “Dancing Undercover”) that deliver as well as Ratt did during the height of the glam metal rise. Today it’s hard to say what is next, or if there is a next for this band. Will there be another album? Solo projects? Or, will the band continue on, searching for that elusive ballad?
“Round and Round”
Welcome to the first (and probably last) annual glam rocker draft. I am your moderator for this event; we will meet our four participants shortly, first a look at the rules. More...
Down bass player Rex Brown, who is also a former member of Texas based heavy metal legends Pantera, has revealed that he has formed a new band with Vinny Appice, the former drummer for Black Sabbth/Heaven & Hell and Dio and guitarist Mark Zavon, who has been a member of Ratt and W.A.S.P. amongst others. Also in the band is lead singer Dewey Bragg. The band has described their sound as a mixture of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Alice In Chains and plan to begin recording music shortly.
Michael Sweet from the Christian glam band Styper is auctioning off the rights to the classic song “Together as One” as well as dinner with Sweet. Aggressive drinkers who have a tendency to drop a lot of F bombs during the main course are advised to stay away… More...
Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer has posted the following update online, responding to rumors of the band's demise;
"Let me first say that I regard the band Ratt as a national treasure and something I feel privileged to be a part of for 30 years. I feel like we create great music, and bring a signature sound different from other bands out there keeping rock and roll alive. It is my love for all things Ratt that makes delays in touring, and creating music that much more frustrating.
"It's no secret that keeping a band together for 30 years is a tall order to fill. We met 30 years ago, and despite spending the majority of our lives on stage together, we do evolve into different people with different wants and needs in life. The last decade of Ratt has been a collection of stop and starts. Given my love for the fans and music, it's been hard to wake up everyday not knowing if we were going to make another album or at least at a minimum tour the old catalog next to our fellow rockers.
"I am extremely proud of our new album, 'Infestation.' It was great getting back with my fellow Pi-Ratts and finding out that our magic is still there. I want to continue. I want to make more music. I want to hang with the fans.
"For the first time in 29 years, I avoided attending NAMM. With a book to promote and fans that I love to shake hands with, this was a tough decision to make. I skipped this event for one reason, I couldn't bring myself to gloss over the fact that at the time of NAMM, I didn't know whether or not Ratt was going to tour or make new music. I can't bring myself to lie about what I don't know. I apologize to those of you I missed.
"As of this moment, some members of the band have chosen to decide that they will choose whether or not we, Ratt, tour. What I'm personally trying to do 24/7 is get the decision made so we can start to schedule tour dates, perhaps make another new album, and get back out on the road keeping Ratt alive. Ratt, for me, always comes first. Even with my entrepreneurial aspirations, it's Ratt, baby!
"Currently there are a lot of messages coming out of areas of the internet that don't have all the information, but in their own frustration are trying to find a person to place the blame. I understand since I threw out the first volley of my own frustration, I drew in a lot of misunderstanding and speculation on my own actions. I want you to know that I simply want Ratt to continue year in and year out making great music and celebrating rock and roll with our fans.
"Regardless of any drama, know that Ratt is alive and well. We're just trying to figure out which flavor to frost the cake with!"
While Vince Neil (Motley Crue) does his time in jail his girl on the outside is concerned because he’s working the breakfast shift and has only eaten some peanut butter and a baloney sandwich. Given the length of his sentence (less than a month) this doesn’t sound like anything of concern. This sounds like fat camp for middle aged rock singers… More...
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, Sixx A.M.) is looking for a new rock band to mentor and sign. Sixx has even put out the email address: Nikki@sixxsense.com for anyone to contact him. I’ve created three email drafts, but stopped short of sending each because I’m unable to craft a message without referencing his jumpsuit craze during the Theatre of Pain years… More...
Tis’ the season, it’s that time of year again. This week we take a look and see what our aging rockers are hoping for under the Christmas tree… More...
According to Metal Sludge, it appears that 80s hard rock veterans Ratt may once again be close to calling it a day. A rumour recently circulated that bass player Robbie Crane was out of the band, so Metal Sludge contacted the bassist and when asked about the situation, he replied:
"As far as I'm concerned there is no Ratt to be 'fired' from, as Ratt is on an indefinite hiatus as we've finished the Infestation tour in Japan last week. Warren has dates with his and Dee Snider's Christmas band, Stephen has 4 to 6 months of solo dates, Carlos is working with Rudy and Vinny on an awesome new project and I'm touring with Lynch Mob over the next couple of months. Thanks for the concern."
Stay tuned for further updates.
Read the full article at Metal Sludge.
Californian hard rockers Ratt have announced details regarding the band's upcoming free concert set to take place in Los Angeles. The show is scheduled to take place at the Key Club in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 29th, 2010. The free show is presented as part of the Sunset Strip Summer Concert Series. Other artists scheduled to appear include Jane's Addiction and The Pussycat Dolls.
This week I give you my top albums from the eighties hair bands. Essentially a top twenty-five list, with a twist; imagine all of the albums from the eighties disappeared and you could no longer listen to this genre ever again, similar to 1992, but permanent. Unable to own the music, hear the music on the radio, or even listen to a song at a bar…what would you do to change this? Allow me to present the razor blade test. How many times will you cut yourself to bring a particular album back to your life? More...