Bobby Blotzer’s Ratt unable to perform due to venue worried about Ratt trademark issue
The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, USA has shed some light on why drummer Bobby Blotzer‘s version of Ratt is unable to play its scheduled concert tonight at the venue.
The following message was posted today on Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort‘s Facebook page shortly after Sleaze Roxx‘s initial article was posted about Blotzer‘s Ratt being unable to perform due to an “issue” with the venue:
“Unfortunately Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort was just recently notified of a trademark dispute involving the band RATT. Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort was issued a “cease and desist” letter from the parties claiming rights to the RATT trademark. After careful review, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort has concluded that it cannot proceed with the performance of Mr. Blotzer due to the current legal dispute over the RATT band trademark.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our customers.
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort looks forward to booking RATT on a later date if and when the dispute regarding the trademark is resolved.
Night Ranger will be performing at 9PM. Entertainment Hall doors will open at 7PM.”
Reading between the lines of what both parties have stated, it would appear that faced with a “cease and desist” letter presumably emanating from the Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Juan Croucier camp, the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort asked Blotzer‘s version of Ratt to perform without the Ratt trademarked logo and perhaps other stipulations, which were refused by Blotzer‘s Ratt leading to the latter being unable to perform tonight at the venue.
This turn of events has to be considered a big blow to Blotzer‘s version of Ratt since the latter may be unable to continue performing with its current presentation. Presumably, the other venues with which Blotzer‘s Ratt has concert bookings with in 2017 will be receiving similar “cease and desist” type letters.