At a Ratt show on July 30th in Oklahoma, drummer Bobby Blotzer left the stage after three songs, complaining of problems with his monitors. In this audio clip from an interview on the Eddie Trunk Show, Dokken leader Don Dokken comments on the situation, wondering, “has he lost his mind?”. Check it out in the video above.
Following the above-mentioned incident, Bobby Blotzer posted the following message via social media:
“Quick explanation of the stage exit last night in Oklahoma. Well, I’ve never been in such a position that it was virtually impossible to play the songs. We had incredible problems with the sound on stage. And I mean disastrously bad. My kit also was in disarray from its locked in set up and after 3 tunes in to it, just wasn’t fair in my evaluation to the audience to continue until it was rectified.
“The injuries I got falling off the riser, that was road wear, a bit on a higher scale, but thank God I fell in to a stack of Marshall amps. The show did complete and the sound was radically adjusted and on we went. Very stressful and endangering to my hearing and what’s left, when it sounds like a train smashing off a train track, somethings gotta happen and quick.”
On July 29th, three members of Ratt’s classic lineup – Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Warren DeMartini (guitars) and Juan Croucier (bass) – reunited at former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend’s birthday party in Los Angeles. Also on hand were drummer Greg D’Angelo (ex-White Lion), who is a member of Pearcy’s solo band, and guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who performed on Ratt’s last studio album, Infestation, from 2010.
Drummer Bobby Blotzer, who has been embroiled in lawsuits with his former bandmates over control of the Ratt name, was absent from the gathering. He is currently on the road with his own incarnation of Ratt.
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