RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer has slammed the band's bassist, Juan Croucier, for using the RATT logo to promote his new project RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER.
RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER, which features Croucier alongside Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE), Mike Moore and Toni Aleman, announced on Tuesday (August 4) that it embark on a series of U.S. dates in late September where it will exclusively play songs from the RATT catalog.
A few hours after RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER's formation was announced, it apparently caught the attention of Blotzer, who, along with RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini, owns the RATT name and logo.
According to KNAC.COM, Blotzer posted the following message on his Facebook page (reposted with all the original misspellings and grammatical errors): "Juan Crucifer, uh oh, trouble ahead. See that logo /trade mark on your press release, opps, it's owned , by me . Get that check book out my attorney not happy or price friendly for you. Ask Stephen, he can't remember much, but he can that. dumb and dumber remain, well, Dumber. Sorry Ratt fans!" (Note: This post has since been deleted.)
A few hours later, Blotzer once again took to his Facebook page, writing: "Hey ya know what, yea I was nasty, I was coming from a mean place. And I still am. Imagine, Warren and I own the trade mark. Did I use it for my band bobby blotzer Ratt Experience? No! But he just up and breaks the law and uses it? Come now, you would do what in my shoes? Today is not going to be fun in his world. I kept that logo for US 4 TO USE. PERIOD. Look at this. The drummer even copping my gig. It's pretty ballzy. I've exausted so much energy trying to get these kids to get along and play on the playground."
After people started commenting on Blotzer's last message, he added the following statement below his post: "I for the record, was extremely against Juans return, and it was behind my back excicuted by Steve and warren. I gave it a try. But I also gave them this warning, you guys are forgetting what a trouble maker juan was from day one. " he will break the band up" and that he did. I and Stephen actually got on really good. His problem was issue in ownership, or lack thereof that warren wouldn't bend on. Juan used his Jedi mind tricks, played double agent to gain ownership of the name for he and steve. Didn't work"
Blotzer recently launched a new project called BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE, which performs RATT classics, including the band's "Invasion Of Your Privacy" album in its entirety to commemorate the record's 30th anniversary
BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE is rounded out by Josh Alan (SIN CITY SINNERS), Scotty Griffin (ex-L.A. GUNS), Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl's LOVE/HATE) and 21-year-old guitar hero Blaze.
Asked how he feels about the fact that Blotzer has assembled the RATT EXPERIENCE band which performs not only the RATT hits, but also pays tribute to late RATT guitarist Robbin "King" Crosby, RATT singer Stephen Pearcy told "The Classic Metal Show": "The remaining members really don't understand… You know, anybody can go out and play RATT music in cover bands or however they [wish], but if you're out there taking advantage of…. You know, 'I'm doing a tribute to this guy in the band who's no longer with us.' Or, 'I'm gonna do this…,' you know. And then we hear an ad [for the RATT EXPERIENCE] and they're playing just RATT music with my voice. You know, it's like… Well, you can't do that either. So, in a nutshell, it's not cool. But the guy, he can make a living — that's not a problem — but don't take advantage of the situation and mislead people and be out there saying fictitious things. And other than that, it doesn't bother me. I still get paid."