Pete Holmes states that he is Juan Croucier’s choice to be drummer for Ratt
Black ‘N Blue drummer Pete Holmes was recently interviewed by Full In Bloom and asked how come he is not the drummer for Ratt (featuring singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and Carlos Cavazo, and bassist Juan Croucier) given that Holmes plays with Croucier in Ratt’s Juan Croucier.
Holmes replied: “Well, you know, there’s a lot of logistics. Let’s remember that we are speaking about Ratt (laughs). They’ve got a lot of stuff to iron out amongst themselves.” Full In Bloom then asked whether Holmes was not a part of Ratt due to the ongoing legal disputes involving drummer Bobby Blotzer to which Holmes stated: “I don’t think that. I think, for now, they just haven’t been able to settle on one. Juan wants me to do it, I’m his choice…he’s the bass player. The other guys have guys that they like and I can understand that….I know all those cats. Listen, I came up with those guys, before we had our record deals.”
Holmes went on to state: “Thank you. Never say never. I would love to do it. A couple of years ago, Ratt were going to do some gigs and Blotzer hurt his back…this is how Jimmy (DeGrasso) started working with them. Blotzer couldn’t do the gigs and I was the one up for the gig because I had been playing with Juan. I know their music so well I could play it in my sleep. But I was out with (Michael) Schenker. Juan’s calling me on the phone, ‘man, I wish you were here’…that’s how frustrated he was and how much he wanted me to do the gig. He knows that I’m out on the road for a few months but he’s calling me from Chicago just to tell me that. We’ll see, Jimmy’s a great guy, he’s a great drummer…I don’t think anything is set in stone with them yet, but for now, he’s the drummer for Ratt.”
You can read the entire interview with Holmes at Full In Bloom.