Last week RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer spoke to “Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon” and was asked why RATT can’t follow the lead of a fellow ’80s hard rock band like MÖTLEY CRÜE and tour the world without having to be the best of friends.
Blotzer answered saying:
“RATT should be doing that, because we had five arena headlining tours (in the 1980s). Everybody knows, generally, the history of RATT. And we have the catalogue. So we should be up on the ‘A’ shelf. I think the main problem, and it’s always been, Stephen Pearcy has been impossible to deal with. And not just him, but all of us were chiefs and no Indians. Everybody had their ideas. We had the agreement, like, ‘Okay, when this person says this, it’s not a voting scenario, we do it, we act on it.’ But immediately you get one of the most controlling father figures, in his head, Warren DeMartini, that wanted to control everyone’s life at home, on the road, and there was just too much commotion. And at the end of every tour, Stephen was quitting. Warren wouldn’t go out unless he got his way and would virtually try to — and this was his words, not mine — smoke me and Stephen out of the cave financially to get his way. And it’s a drag, dude, to do business with children like that, that think they’re smart businessmen and they’re so far from it. And that’s about it. There’s too many opinions.
“For you to say that we could just go, ‘Okay, let’s all get along and [each] get our own bus,’ the problem with that is we can’t get the kind of dough that will do that right now because of the reason that Mr. Pearcy, the whole way, has always, when RATT is not on the road, he’s out [with his solo band] playing for three thousand dollars, five thousand dollars, doing crummy shows, and the promoters are not willing to give the high dollars that we command,” he continued. “By and large, it’s a fight, because he’s still out there competing against the mothership, his own band.”[metalwani_content_ad]
Despite it all , Blotzer says that he is still hopeful that RATT‘s classic lineup can one day reunite and perform again.
“I am open-minded, even with all this upheaval and some hatred in the way people are handling things — them at me, me at them,” he said. “But you know what? People have gotten over a lot bigger things than that in life — countries and wars, they happen.”
He added: “I’m not the complete savior of this, but I am the first one in line going, ‘Let’s do it right and let’s go.’ That’s all I can say.”