In a new interview with “Music Mania” podcast, RATT bass player Juan Croucier talked about the lineup, tours and future plans.
When asked about the issues the band faced, he said (via Blabbermouth):
“Look, I don’t want to cast any negative light upon the past. We did what we had to do to allow the band to survive. And in doing that, one of the issues was that we, over the years, were inconsistent. We would tour one year, we wouldn’t tour the following year, and so forth. And all Stephen and I set out to do is ensure we had consistency in how the band operated [with] the touring schedule. It’s really been the kind of thing where RATT has always been a live band. And we neglected many markets for quite some time and we’re out to sort of rectify that.”
On what RATT has in store for 2020, Juan said:
“What we’re doing is, in 2018, we did a handful of shows, approximately 14. We over doubled that this year; we’re going to increase it next year, so we’re going to be getting to places we haven’t been to in a long, long time. We really want to solidify this lineup and let people hear it because a lot can be said and a lot is said in places like the Internet.
“The truth of the matter is, we hunkered down, we’ve put our heads down and we’re taking every single show like it’s our last show. We’re really playing like our lives depend on it, which is the spirit that I’ve always enjoyed playing by. As far as new material and/or singles or a record, in the future we’re just going to take this thing as it comes. We don’t want to force anything. Of course, we’d love to have some new material out there. We got to sort of balance the priority of touring and the time it would take to really record and properly deliver the types of songs that we need to deliver. RATT has a certain quality level, for a lack of a better term, that we want to maintain. It’s really not about quantity, it’s really about quality.”