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Robbie Crane Leaves RATT

Posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments19 Comments

In a shock move, bassist Robbie Crane up and quit RATT. He left an official statement on his Facebook page regarding his decision to depart the band:

"After 15 years, I have made the decision to move on from Ratt. Thank you to all of the Ratt fans who have been so supportive through my tenure. It has been a pleasure!"

Robbie still has his gig with Lynch Mob. Does this mean RATT is about to reunite with Juan Croucier? Things might get really interesting soon. Especially since RATT is still working on a new album... and who plays bass with RATT at M3 this summer? Inquiring minds want to know.

Discuss.

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Reader Comments (19)

Theres been rumors of Juan coming back for years. I'm betting that is whats going on here.
March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Get Croucier back in time for M3!
March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
yup..why would HE quit,,he's a third stringer and RATT was the best,known band he's been in,,he was booted. Juan's comin back
March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJimbo
I think you're all getting your self wound up over nothing.
I've known Juan a lonnnnng time, since RATT was a bar band.
Re-Joining Ratt is probably the LAST thing he'd ever want to do.
March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
jauns to the left. steves to the right.

robbies to our basement to rock
March 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
Ace should know. I won't hold my breath. If ya don't mind me askin', Croucier doin' these days, Ace?

If they could pay him enough, wouldn't it be worth it to 'em. Certainly, it would raise their status even higher into the upper echelons of the genre.

Does it not make them more desirable and thus allow them to command more dollars to play. Seems to me, though a little late in the game, this is now what you could potentially call The Mark II Classic Line-Up since Cavazo is no slouch on that geetar.

He's got the Quiet Riot pedigree and is very much a longtime fixture of The L.A. Scene, giving him plenty of cred to be a more than qualified replacement for the legendary better half of DiMartini, Robbin Crosby.

Time to Rock Heavy, Croucier. Rejoin now!!!
March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Dangin' iPad auto-erase!...

If you don't mind me askin', what's Croucier up to these days, Ace? Thanx!

p.s. RIP, Robbin.
March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
I thought Juan was running a studio. I agree with Ace in that I do not see him coming back now. If he didn't comeback from a deal with Capitol then why now. Here is my left field idea. Bring back John Corabi to play bass. I know he plays guitar but I am pretty sure he could handle the duties. Plus he sings great back up, knows the material, and is a terrific song writer.
March 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
Last time I saw Juan, he was deep in to his production side of things. If the thinking is to grab a former RATT member, why not bassist Joey Cristofanilli who replace Juan the 1st 2 times he left Ratt? (pre- "Out Of The Cellar", kids.)

Here's Joey & Ratt back in the day: "Back For More" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjOoVwsbL3M&feature=related

Round & Round - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tr-16i2X6eI

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Cristofanilli
March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
I actually know they have been talking to Juan about a RATT reunion for weeks -
March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteel River Rat
Hey Jimbo, that is some pretty fine armchair dismissal and air-grabbing hope . . . all in one well worded entry.

Aside from being an approachable guy in a band with enough prima donna personalities for three, Crane stepped up to the mike and helped out Ratt when a certain singer couldn't handle the festival/bar circuit frenzy (and did the same thing when it happened in Lynch Mob as well).

Whether he left or not, he was a part of the recent surge in interest the band experienced (regardless of how Blotzer treated him in interviews, etc.). Fifteen years should count for something if you are a fan of the band.

Croucier would bring a bit more nostalgia to the act, and some crazy moves. But he has built up a career that isn't being dictated by this or that members latest temper tantrum.

If Croucier rejoins, that is great news. But I would think Crane deserves the same sort of respect he showed the fans during his time in the band and in announcing his departure.

And Scott, Corabi would be a great "what if" in my opinion. He is under-appreciated, incredibly talented, and responsible for the best album the Crue has done . . . since he was in the Crue.
March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Hey Ace Steele,
I did more research on Joey Cristofanilli and the Ratt situation. I found this.....Some one was asking what happen to him. Ask the 'Creep: Who the Heck Is Joey Cristofanilli?
http://www.noisecreep.com/2010/01/27/ratt-who-is-joey-cristofanilli/

He is now playing in a cover band in Buffalo NY. 'Silver Xtreme' There are plenty of videos on You Tube. He plays at a club called Chuggers,in Seneca,{Buffalo} N.Y. where my Ozzy Osbourne Tribute is playing May 19th 2012.
March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
Thanks Roy. It's nice to have a little more update on exactly where Joey is these days.

RATT's always been a bit of a "revolving door" when it comes to members. Would it surprise some of you to know that at one time, When Warren ditched Ratt to go play in Dokken, Ratt's lead guitarist was Bullet Boys lead screamer Marq Torien?

And since we're discussing all those who've passed thru Ratt, if they ever decide to do without Blotzer, they should go back to the best drummer they ever had, Khurt Maier, last seen in Salty Dog.

Told you they were a revolving door!

P.S. For those who really want to see Juan back, here's a bit of video from the summer of 2011, of him playing Round & Round in a bar with his band "Juan Croucier's Dirty Rats".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmoVMmy2ucQ&feature=player_embedded
March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Thanks for sharing Ace!!!
March 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoy
Glad to do it, Roy!
March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
"P.S. For those who really want to see Juan back, here's a bit of video from the summer of 2011, of him playing Round & Round in a bar with his band "Juan Croucier's Dirty Rats"."

After viewing that clip, no thanks.........
March 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob Rocker
I'm not surprised by this at all. I visited with Robbie for several minutes one-on-one on the Monsters of Rock Cruise back in February and he told me in a round about way that he was finished with RATT. I didn't press him on the topic, but he made it very clear that he was now with Lynch Mob full-time and having a great time. He seemed a little frustrated with RATT in regards to the dysfunction of Stephen and other band members.

I wish Robbie the best. He is the nicest guy you could imagine. He's doing a wonderful job with Lynch Mob and they rock it out harder than RATT does in the first place.
April 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWard
Wow. Did I stick my foot in my mouth!
I never thought Juan would do it, but it looks like he just may play with Ratt at M3, after all!
April 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Money talks Ace, money talks....8>)
April 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGary

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