RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer has released a statement explaining his reasons for assembling the RATT EXPERIENCE band which will perform not only the RATT hits, but also several deep album cuts, including many songs that have never been played live.
Said Bobby: "While I had the right to go out and tour as RATT, I would not consider that.
"This is not RATT, but a chance to go out a tour with complete familiarity in our music for you, the fans of RATT and myself humbly.
"I've put heart, soul, blood and my life into being a lifer in RATT.
"I want to play all kinds of tunes that never were even considered by us; well, a majority.
"A lot of 'radio/video hits' always took the front seat, but I felt that we stifled ourselves with a lot of closed-mindedness for so many kick-balls tunes.
"My other 'Rattners' in crime have chose another path. But after five years of us not touring, I'm bored and I want to play our songs that we all wrote and created.
"It ain't RATT, okay, but I'm confident after you see my band playing Ratt 'N' Roll music, you'll agree that it kicked your asses, and you walk out with a good buzz on and in your ears when we start rollin' up on your town. Hopefully a lot of shows as soon as possible.
"It's going to take time and a lot of work and open minds. But these guys are great players and super-good people.
"We just got the pics together along with the needed materials to launch. Now it's in the booking agency's and promoters' hands.
"Thanks for being there for me after 33 years as the bus driver of RATT. You can call me 'The Blotz.'"
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.
Each RATT EXPERIENCE show will include (depending on venue and time slot)
* A performance of RATT's "Invasion Of Your Privacy" album in its entirety to commemorate the record's 30th anniversary
* A never-before-seen video history introduction
* A tribute to late RATT guitarist Robbin "King" Crosby
* Over 20 songs, including some that have never been played live before
* Exclusive VIP meet-and-greet packages and opportunities to hang out with The Blotz!
For more information, visit Facebook.com/TheRattExperience.
Wrote Griffin in a post on his Facebook page: "The RATT EXPERIENCE featuring Bobby Blotzer will be exactly what it sounds like. A night of all RATT songs, featuring rare songs never performed live by RATT as well as the hits everybody knows and loves. Focusing mainly on their first five consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums, this will be a summer tour you don't want to miss. We are even thinking about possibly celebrating the 30th anniversary of the double-platinum album 'Invasion Of Your Privacy' by playing it in its entirety. Whatever we decide to do, we promise it to be more than just an ordinary show of playing the same old songs. Bobby wants this to be an extra-special RATT EXPERIENCE that will take you through the illustrious career of this great band that he has been 100% a part of since its very inception."
He continued: "Along with myself, the band features my fellow SIN CITY SINNERS: Doc Ellis on guitar and Joshua Alan on vocals. Also joining us will be 21-year-old guitar sensation and local Las Vegan Blaze (recently with Brad Paisley) who joined us onstage when Blotzer was our special guest a few weeks ago at Vamp'd. That was the night where this whole idea sprang from. Bobby had been looking for a band to put together while RATT are on indefinite hold, and it was obvious the SINNERS were that band!"
Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy recently shut down the possibility of working with his former bandmates ever again. He said: "I think it's a permanent vacation. I'm just doing what I'm gonna do, and I still have other interests and enjoying some time. I'm not going out and playing a lot, just playing just to play. And [I'm] working on other things. But it's a permanent vacation, and as far as I'm concerned; the door's shut. The time has passed for a record. But I don't know… It took ten years for the last record, so I can't say. But as far as playing [together again], no. [There is] nothing else [planned], as far as I'm concerned, right now."
During an April 2014 interview with the "Trunk Nation" show, Blotzer slammed Pearcy over the singer's latest exit from the group, saying: "Everything [Stephen] says is delusional and complete lies. He's so destructive… Stephen doesn't know how to play ball, he's not a team player. It's Stephen's way or there's no way at all… He walks on everything. He's walked four times. Again, this year, he's walked… He's tortured us. I mean, he's kept us hostage for years. 'I'm quitting. I'm not going.' He's canceled shows, he's canceled tours."
He continued: "I think the rest of the band has proven — and you can go to YouTube, that we do — we go out there and we kick ass, and we're concise and we fucking play really good."
Blotzer added: "But do I want him in the band? Yes, I do. I want the nice Stephen in the band."