Just a couple of weeks before he was expelled from the RATT partnership by three members of the band’s classic lineup — singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini — drummer Bobby Blotzer said that his former bandmates would not be able to reunite as RATT without him.
On November 12, HRH TV conducted an interview with Blotzer backstage at the Hard Rock Hell festival at Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales, Gwynedd. The drummer played at the event with his version of RATT, which includes singer Josh Alan alongside guitarists Mitch Perry (TALAS, HEAVEN, STEELER, MSG, LITA FORD) and Stacey Blades (L.A. GUNS) and bassist Brad Lang (Y&T).
Speaking about his lineup of RATT, Blotzer said: “We’ve been out all year. I wanna say this is [show] number 66 tonight, and it’s just been incredible — it’s been unbelievable. Huge, huge audiences and venues. I can’t explain it. It’s almost like ’84 again’
Asked if he ever thought back when RATT first started if he would still be doing it more than three decades later, Bobby said: “I don’t even know how to answer that at this point. Uhm… No, I didn’t, because in the days when RATT started… Most bands from the ’70s and that sort of the thing, and the ’60s — not that RATT‘s from the ’70s — but nobody stayed together, you know what I mean? Everybody broke up after seven years, eight years — that was the way it was. So now you just see so much work being done by the guys from the bands…”
He continued: “Other guys aren’t on the planet anymore. Some guys don’t wanna go. I wanna keep going. I’m able to do so. By putting this band together, of these guys — they’re not the original bunch, but I’ll tell you, they play RATT music with such great integrity. And it sounds like the record, with the live enthusiasm about it. I’m very, very happy to play with these guys.”
Blotzer also addressed the legal battle he has been involved in with DeMartini over the rights to the RATT name, with the guitarist filing a lawsuit in September 2015 claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his “tribute band” as the real thing.