Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records has officially announced the signing of a worldwide deal with Los Angeles hard rockers RATT. The band is set to begin recording its first new material since 1999's self-titled album this spring.
One of the most popular rock acts of the past 20 years, RATT's brand of guitar-driven melodic rock helped shape the L.A. metal scene. The band boasts a deep catalog of hits including smashes like "Round and Round", "Lay It Down", "You're In Love", "Lack of Communication" and "Wanted Man", which are beloved by fans the world over. The band has gone on to sell millions of albums worldwide. With 1984's mega-platinum debut "Out of the Cellar" celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the band is looking forward to starting a new chapter with new music to complement the impressive legacy they have established over two-plus decades.
"This deal is a great opportunity for us to get our new music to RATT fans worldwide," says frontman Stephen Pearcy. "We are super-excited about the new material!"
Over the past two years, RATT has toured the world in support of their releases "Tell The World - The Very Best Of Ratt" and their first-ever DVD, "Videos from the Cellar - The Atlantic Years". During this time, the current lineup of Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane and Carlos Cavazo played shows in Australia, Colombia and Peru for the first time in their careers.
"The fans deserve the credit for making this happen. When we saw the band in concert and witnessed their passion and excitement, it was obvious that the time was right for RATT to make new music," says Tom Lipsky, Loud & Proud President.
Guitarist Warren DeMartini adds, "We look forward to working with our friend and veteran record exec Tom Lipsky."
The new album is set for a fall release and will be supported by a world tour.
Fan-filmed video footage of RATT's August 28, 2008 performance at the House of Blues in New Orleans, Louisiana can be viewed below (clip uploaded by YouTube user "Pepskins").