Have we seen the last of Bobby Blotzer’s version of Ratt?
Back on February 21, 2017, drummer Bobby Blotzer posted on Facebook that he was to have back surgery on March 20, 2017 but would be back in the middle of June with his version of Ratt. At that time, Blotzer‘s version of the band had one show left on its scheduled calendar with a gig at the Prairie Knights Casino & Resort in Fort Yates, North Dakota, USA on March 18, 2017. No singer had yet to be announced to replace Josh Alan who had given his resignation about a month earlier.
Blotzer‘s version of Ratt did play its scheduled concert at the Prairie Knights Casino & Resort on March 18th with new singer Seann Nicols. However, on or about June 12, 2017, it was announced that Nicols signed on as Westfield Massacre‘s new singer. Of note, Wesfield Massacre were scheduled to embark on a tour of the US from July 7, 2017 to August 2, 2017.
Interestingly, Blotzer‘s version of Ratt had advertised back in mid-October 2016 that it was looking for offers to play but by February 21, 2017, there was only one announced show for March 18, 2017. On December 29, 2016, Blotzer‘s version of Ratt elected not to play a scheduled gig at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, USA given that it refused to play on stage without what appears to be the Ratt name and/or logo. This was due to the Soaring Eagle Casino venue having received a cease and desist letter from Ratt featuring singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier advising of a trademark dispute.
In the last day or so, Ratt featuring Pearcy, DeMartini and Croucier have announced that they received control once again over the official Ratt Facebook page, which is presumably a big blow to Blotzer who was communicating on a regular basis with his version of the band through presumably that Facebook page.
The website for Blotzer‘s version of Ratt does not have any scheduled tour dates aside from the show that took place at the Prairie Knights Casino & Resort in Fort Yates, North Dakota, USA back on March 18, 2017.