Even though I reported this week's ago, www.billboard.com has confirmed the rumour: a Poison/RATT summer tour is a sure thing. While both glam powerhouses have yet to finalize all the tour stops many dates are set, including about 35 shed stops. From Billboard:
"The tour, which brings Poison and Ratt onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit amphitheaters, festivals and fairs in such cities as Boston, Detroit, New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles, says Troy Blakely, who books Poison with the Agency for the Performing Arts."
Yesterday, press agents for Poison announced a June 5th release for the new Capitol album POISON'D. The disc includes covers of Poison's favorite bands like "Little Willy" (Sweet), "I Never Cry" (Alice Cooper), "Rock n' Roll All Nite" (KISS) and "What I Like About You" (The Romantics).
To celebrate this "finalized" tour news, we'll take a look back at the roots of RATT.
Stephen Pearcy formed Mickey Ratt in San Diego in 1978. Pearcy teamed up with guitarist Chris Hager, bassist Matt Thor and drummer John Turner. The band re-located to Los Angeles at the dawn of the eighties, adding guitarist Jake E. Lee to the line-up. Mickey Ratt released the single Dr. Rock /Drivin' on E as a means of self-promotion.
Things get interesting when Mickey Ratt changed its name and all the members left, save for Pearcy. Out of the ashes of Mickey Ratt came both RATT and Rough Cutt. Pearcy created the historic RATT line-up with guitarists Robbin Crosby and Warren DiMartini, bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer.
Now, it still took some time for RATT to get a major label deal, especially considering their musical ability as a unit. We all know Out of the Cellar contained the single "Round and Round" forever cementing the band's musical credo.
Of course, all good things must come to an end...or at least evolve. Pearcy left RATT around 1992 and formed the band Arcade (please see "Arcade Fire"). In 1997, a new RATT hit the streets, featuring bassist Robbie Crane who also worked with Vince Neil. A few years, a few more changes, and suddenly John Corabi (!) and Jizzy Pearl find themselves among RATT alumni.
Now, many lifetimes later...the almost original RATT is set to hit the road once again, ready to rock with Poison. At this time, it's not clear if Juan Croucier will join the tour (and guitarist Robbin Crosby died in 2002). It's speculated that John Corabi (!) will replace Crosby on the RATT/Poison tour.
Here's a video for You Think You're Tough from their 1983 self-titled EP.