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Ratt Drummer Trashes Band's Former 'Rich Kid' Guitarist

06/18/2010
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MetalSucks recently spoke with Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer about a number of topics including his new autobiography Tales of a Ratt, the band's new album "Infestation," and the sometimes tenuous personal relationships between its members and the resulting problems in the band. He particularly singled out Warren DeMartini in the excerpt below:

Blotzer: I've always been the kind of person that shows up on time and does my job. Some people that are in the band, or used to be, don't treat Ratt with that type of respect. We have a great thing going with this new album and the public's interest but people take it for granted. I never have.

Metal Sucks: You talk about getting offers for weekend shows a few years back, and certain people in Ratt not wanting to do them. Blotzer: Yeah, that was so annoying! Warren wouldn't want to do them because he didn't want to deal with a layover at some airport. That's the kind of s*** I deal with. He's a rich kid, so he didn't care about the cash as much.

Metal Sucks: Earlier in our call, you sounded very uneasy about Ratt's current situation. Blotzer: I just see some of the things that were problems coming up again. I don't get it. I'm never not thinking about this band falling apart, because of the way Ratt operates. It's not me, dude. It's my 2 business partners. Even now with the album's success, there are power struggles within the band. I just want to tell them, "Come on guys let's just go out there and kick ass!" But they make it more complicated. All I have to say is that if everything falls apart again for us; I'll just write an amendment to the book with all of this new s***. Hopefully people wake up, and get their s*** together. I just want to go out there and play. - Read the full interview here

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