Bobby Blotzer formally announces four new “Ratt” members
With three fifths of his Ratt line-up from the last six months or so gone, drummer Bobby Blotzer has announced that four new additional people will be part of the Ratt group at some time or another in the next few weeks.
Guitarist Stacey Blades (L.A. Guns, Angels In Vein) and bassist Todd Kerns (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators) were already in the line-up as of August 11, 2016 at the Buffalo Chip Campground show in Sturgis, South Dakota, USA.
The following message was posted on Ratt‘s Facebook page earlier today:
Just a quick note. Regarding our Ratt tour. We have some leaving, and new great musicians coming on board .
Stacey Blades my long time friend just played with us on two huge festivals over last weekend and did a fabulous job..
Also sitting in thru next week’s shows on Bass is Todd Kerns . He is such a great talent , Slash is lucky.
Starting Sept 3rd & 4th Onward will be the great Mitch Perry on lead guitar, Stacey Blades Rhythm And leads, and Brad Lang on bass, along with the awesome Joshua Alan still fronting of course, and yours truly Chopping wood behind the kit.
All these guys are long time road veterans from very well known lists of bands. We’re definitely looking forward to playing with them.
The shows over the weekend just as always is a testament that people love Ratt music as performed by us with our intensity , and with great replication emphasis on the interity that Ratt music be treated with.
35,000 people in Sturgis going nuts Thursday then Last night 10,000 going crazy at our performance full set, at Rockin the River festival was epic.
It never gets old !
To put things into perspective on how much turnover there has been in Blotzer‘s version of Ratt compared to the Ratt group as people knew it from the release of the group’s albums onwards, Blotzer‘s Ratt has had four different bassists (Scotty Griffin, Robbie Crane, Kerns and Lang) and four different guitarists (Nicholas “Blaze” Baum, Doc Ellis, Blades and Perry) in one year compared to two bassists (Juan Croucier and Robbie Crane) and six guitarists (Warren DeMartini, Robbin Crosby, Keri Kelli, Michael Schenker, John Corabi and Carlos Cavazo) from the release of the Ratt EP in 1983 to 2012 as per Wikipedia.
In some ways, it is understandable that there has been so much turnover and different faces in Blotzer‘s version of Ratt as it must be difficult to replace three fifths of a line-up within a couple of weeks and with different tour dates already booked. However, Ratt‘s legacy appears to be tarnished at this time with so many new faces in the Ratt line-up in such a short amount of time.