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July 25, 2005

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Hollywood Reporter) – Call it hair metal, cock-rock or glam, but don’t tell the audience at the Mohegan Sun Casino Arena in northeast Connecticut that Cinderella and Ratt are considered “heritage acts.” Although it was not at capacity, the crowd at the 10,000-seat amphitheater partied as though the ’80s had never ended.

Time has been unkind to this music, but at the state-of-the-art venue it sure looked like these bands are at the top of their game. With giant video screens flanking the stage, the concert was enhanced so that no seat was a bad seat.

Cinderella opened their headlining set with a bang — a blast from the past of arena-rock pyro — as singer Tom Keifer walked out with a double-necked Gibson SG slung over his shoulder and launched into “Night Songs.”

The band was as tight as they were on their first tour almost 20 years ago. Keifer’s voice comes from the back of his throat, and his screech remains one of rock’s best.

He also is a multitalented musician who plays a mean slide guitar and piano, and he even performed the tenor sax solo on “Shelter Me.” As fluffy and cute as the band members were depicted on video, Cinderella’s music holds up astonishingly well, and they deserve far more credit then they ever got as songwriters and performers.

The band treated the crowd to an old-school drum solo, and as Fred Coury bashed away, the lighters came out. Additional highlights of the set included the ballad “Nobody’s Fool,” rockers “Save Me” and “Gypsy Road” and the encore of “Shake Me.”

Ratt has been through a lot since the days of big hair and miniskirts. The band consists of original members Bobby Blotzer and Warren DeMartini but is rounded out by three Sunset Strip veterans: bassist Robbie Crane, guitarist John Corabi and singer Jizzy Pearl. Gone is the blow-dried, blouse-wearing group that recorded the hits; Ratt has become a scrappy collection of tattooed misfits who deliver the goods.

Ratt’s lyrics might always have been trite, but such songs as “Lay It Down,” “You’re In Love” and “Round and Round” found their appeal in the smoldering leads of DeMartini, who seemed limited only by the fact there aren’t more frets on the neck of his guitar.

Pearl’s enthusiasm, constant twirling and scratchy wail rang true, and the fans didn’t seem to mind that he’s not the original singer. They just wanted to Ratt N’ Roll.

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