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So This Happened - Bobbly Blotzer At It Again

So just go read this. It's Monday and I just can't. This business with Bobby Blotzer and RATT is out of hand.

Reader Comments (9)

I guess these are the last gasps. Bobby RATT has one show on the schedule, and then that will be it. Nobody is going to book him anymore now that the DeMartini/Croucier/Pearcy RATT is back for more.

I saw Bobby's RATT twice the last 2 years, and I do think it was good. But I'm super excited to see the real RATT at M3 end of April!!!
March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSteverox
He has become irrelevant and is grasping at anything to keep his name in the news. I for one am tired of reading and hearing about him.
March 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
I want to see a Croucier vs. Sarzo goof-off. You know, who loves their bass more!?!?

I feel sorry for Blotz. About as sorry as I do for anyone who had a part in the glory of metal in the 80s and 90s and then watched it slip away . . . like a pool noodle with wet leaves on it.

He brought this upon himself. And yet, he was also a victim of his position in a band with enough dysfunction to go around. And so the weakest Ratt roared when he should have cowered. But that is also a function of those who held most of the cards (eve if Blotz doesn't think so). It sucks to be a lesser mortal in a band that achieved some God-like success. And so Blotz, drunk and angry, made a decision. And he forced the standers-by to make a choice. They did. He lost.

Fans are likely fine with all of this. Consider, though: how would you react to a (until recently) drunk singer with a shot voice who held your livelihood hostage? how would you respond to a disinterested trust-funder (sorta') who didn't need the band?

Not sure I want to walk in Blotz's shoes. Too small. At the same time, I can see the reasons he did what he did. Again, though, he lost. And that is a bit pill to swallow when some of those fence-sitters only got excited about Ratt because he forced them to do so. And I believe that is what happened.

So I hope spite is equal to the promise that Ratt showed on Infestation.
March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Nicely put Him. Agree that this got way more out of control than it should of with lines drawn in the sand. It's just on the other side of stupid at this point. I think he should join up with Banali and form a metal type of Allman brothers or early Lynyrd Skynyrd (pronounced 'LĔH-'NÉRD 'SKIN-'NÉRD) type band with two drummers, Santana up that shit.
March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDarktown
I hear Spinal Tap is looking for a drummer Blotz...
March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGary

I don't come to this site too often anymore as I have found the reader comments to be a source of excessive and offputting negativity and nastiness towards bands and the genre that the site is supposed to support, but I happened to visit it this week and saw this posting from you and I wanted to let you know how much I respected your comment. Your empathy towards Blotzer is commendable, even as we can all agree that Ratt is on a better course now without him. So kudos to you, and here's wishing the best for Ratt and Blotzer.
March 21, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterForge
"Bitter," not "bit." Damn editors. Where are they?

Darktown, I actually think Banali and Bloltz could do well in something like that, or something like Raiding the Rock Vault. They could trade on the nostalgia of the music they love, while leaving behind the bands that made them famous. But taking that step would require a leap of faith I worry that neither of them are capable of taking. Granted, both for different reasons. Still, they each seem to suffer from trained incapacity even while they are still both capable behind the kit.

Thanks, Forge. I appreciate the nod. I can be a caustic critic. But I try to temper that with a dose of empathy.

Many of the bands we love are on the tail-end of their careers. The grand illusion is gone. The curtain has been pulled back. And you can see a lot of frayed nerves, lost dreams, and burnt bridges. Often, once mighty bands are seen cat-fighting over scraps. It makes me--even when I resort to snark--sad. It really does.

I would hate to be in the position that Blotzer is in. I owe him--and all the Neils and Dokkens and Roths--so many thanks for all the joy they brought to my life. I may be a sad sack, but they all played a part in keeping me relatively happy, generally sane, and alive. I suppose not everyone feels that way about the bigger players and lesser members. But I do.

So when I rage against talent lost, it is because I grieve that loss. When I ignore talent wasted, I do so because I can still and hear what I once did. And when I see a petty fight as a small scale Greek tragedy, it is because the soundtrack to my life is rapidly dissipating under the weight of egos and time. I still own the soundtrack. But I am losing the players.

Forge, I would like to think that this place is a space for all of us who love metal, and glam specifically. And I would like to think that the worst that happens here is better than some of the best things that are done on other sites. Please consider adding more of your thoughts. We would be better for the input, even if the snark and snideness sometimes derail things.

Again, I really do appreciate your comment. Thanks.
March 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Whew, heavy stuff Him! As a few years younger than some of these guys, I get it, I understand it, at my age there are certain job markets, that are completely closed off to me, manual labor work isn't an option so as you get older the job opportunities start to get very very limited. I feel the same way as you, I have pretty much "semi-retired" from the concert scene, as at times I don't want it to wreck my fond memories of the hey days and music I grew up with and love, I actually walked out on a Ratt show a few years back as it sounded like shit and I didn't want that experience to ruin what I love about Ratt. Whitesnake a couple years back, made me feel they were just phoning it in (It was the last night of the tour when I saw them) I won't see them again. I still have a very smallish bucket list of bands I would still like to see once more.
March 22, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDarktown
Bobby Blotter is a royal as*clown to trash Croucier's stage moves. Those are his trademark moves the guy's been doing for years and it's called "showmanship". Croucier is a helluva bass player and singer and when I saw their first reunion with him at M3 (Point Blank, naturally, boyz, he made it clear he was the missing link that made all the difference after 19 years! He is the consummate showman with the chops to back it up!

That said, I do agree with all above who are more or less saying it is the unintended consequence of Blotter's formation of RATT 2, that got the other members off their as*ses to protect the brand and reform (yet again!).

p.s. Go see JUNKYARD, Darktown. They are STILL killing it now after a long on and off hiatus!
March 25, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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