Tag: Warren DeMartini
Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer says he’s “exhausted” dealing with bandmates, is excited about touring with Geoff Tate’s Queensryche
After the announcement that drummer Bobby Blotzer will be part of the upcoming touring band with vocalist Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche, Ratt fans posted concern about the future of the band, which prompted Blotz to write on his facebook page:
"Hey peeps, I really appreciate the loads of positive feedback about the grouping with Geoff and company. A lot of questions about the state of RATT surfacing as well. Those should be directed in the direction the usual suspects in RATT's disappearance, Warren [DeMartini, guitar] and Stephen [Pearcy]. I've exhausted myself for two years with those two. I'm sorry for all the b.s. They have fed false info to fans. Not meant to be mean, just exhausted with unreasonable people."
Blotzer also says that he's fired up about his new gig as a member of the singer Geoff Tate's version of Queensryche, saying in a statement on Queensryche.com, "Geoff and QUEENSRŸCHE and RATT have a long history of touring together and I am very excited about this new project with Geoff and the guys."
Tate was fired from Queensryche back in June after fronting the group for three decades, initially seeking to prevent his former bandmates from touring and operating under the Queensryche name without him. An initial ruling went against Tate, but the presiding judge determined that there was no legal reason why Tate couldn't also use the name with an all-new lineup of musicians. If the case ever goes to trial, the date is set for November 18, 2013.
Just days ago (September 2), Tate announced his own version of Queensryche with a lineup of Blotzer, bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-Ozzy Osbourne/Quiet Riot/Whitesnake/Blue Oyster Cult), guitarist Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth/King Diamond). Guitarist Kelly Gray is also part of the lineup, and he actually played with Queensryche from 1998 until 2001 and produced several of their albums, along with keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with Queensryche and Geoff's solo group.
A new trailer of 'Sound City,' the feature-length documentary directed and produced by Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, about Los Angeles' legendary and now defunct Sound City recording studio in Van Nuys, California has been posted. The concept for the movie was conceived by Grohl after he bought an equally famous Neve 8028 recording console from the studio. The console, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment.
The Neve 8028 was used to record an amazing list of classic albums by the likes of Nirvana, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns N' Roses, Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica and countless others over the past 40 years. The clip features John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Mick Fleetwood and others discussing their experiences recording at the legendary Los Angeles studio and working with the Neve 8028.
"It's tube-driven, it's analog," comments Fogerty. "The bass sounds better, the human voice sounds better." Sound City will reportedly include new music and interviews with a wide variety of other artists, including Rick Springfield collaborating with Corey Taylor, members of Cheap Trick, Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon and Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini of Ratt. No release date for the film has yet been announced, but Grohl hopes to have it out by early 2013.
A little over a month ago, bass player Robbie Crane announced that he was leaving Ratt and speculation immediately focused on the possibility of original bassist Juan Croucier rejoining the band. Now it looks like that may be happening.
Metalsludge.com has said that rumors indicate that Croucier could be joining his Ratt bandmates Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Bobby Blotzer for the M3 Festival coming up on May 11th & 12th at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Ratt are the headliner on May 12th, after Cinderella had to drop out due to medical issues with guitarist Jeff LaBar. This year's festival features Night Ranger, KIX, Enuff Z'Nuff, Queensryche, Skid Row, Warrant, Quiet Riot, Great White, L.A. Guns, Dokken, Stryper, Lynch Mob, Loudness, XYZ and more.
Ratt planning iTunes compilation release and working on new album, Bassist Robbie Crane quits the band
Ratt is continuing to write songs for their new studio record, the follow-up to their 2010 comeback album 'Infestation', and also plan on releasing a compilation collection through iTunes. Stephen Pearcy explained, "While Ratt writes and works on the next RoadRunner record 2012, the band will be releasing a compilation record on their own via iTunes. Music from their vaults -- un-released and live tracks from 1983-1991."
Pearcy and guitarist Warren DeMartini have been demoing songs for the currently untitled album and recently worked with the Foo Fighters Dave Grohl recording and filming for his Sound City Studios documentary. Ratt n' Grohl!
Vocalist Stephen Pearcy has recently locked in a publisher for the new book (no title yet), which should be finished later this year for an early 2013 release. You can also for Pearcy on a new episode of VH1 Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, filming in February 2012.
One another Ratt question comes to mind, is it time for original bassist Juan Crocier to rejoin Ratt? It could be possible as Robbie Crane has officially quit the band, who he's played with since 1997. Crane said during an appearance Mar. 22nd on the "Headbangers At 11" show on 93.3 KDKB radio, "I've been playing in Lynch Mob since October of 2010. It's a thing that I've always loved doing, and I love playing with the band. As of recently, I've moved on from Ratt — I definitely quit Ratt —and I let them all know that. But you know what?! It's not because of Lynch Mob. I'd been with Ratt for 15 years and it was time to move on. I love being in Lynch Mob and this is where my heart's at."
Time to get the all the original guys back together, except of course for the late guitarist Robbin Crosby, may he rest in peace.
Rock Picks of the Week: Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, Furyon, My Darkest Days
Foo Fighters 'These Days' is the third single to be taken from the band's seventh album 'Wasting Light', which came out in April last year. The video was just released and compiles onstage action and behind-the-scenes footage of the group’s recent arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Foo Fighters will continue to be busy in 2012, having to attend multiple award shows all over the world, to undoubtedly collect a big-time amount of hardware for the 'Wasting Light' album. They all had better build a new trophy display case to fit them all.
Dave Grohl has also been jamming with various rockers who also recorded at Sound City Studios in Los Angeles for a documentary on the legendary studio. Ratt's Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini have jammed with Grohl, as have Slipknot's Corey Taylor. REO Speedwagon's Kevin Cronin has also revealed that he will be a part of the project as well. Nirvana recorded the legendary 'Nevermind' album at Sound City.
Foo Fighters recently confirmed they are planning to head into the studio to record a new album this year. Despite only releasing 'Wasting Light' last year, frontman Dave Grohl revealed on the band's official blog that he has already started compiling ideas for new songs.
He wrote: "We're not finished yet. There are still more shows to play, more songs to write, more albums to record, for years to come. I mean if you would have told me 17 years ago that in 2012 I would be writing songs for our eighth studio album... well."
Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Look Around' is the third single from off the band's album 'I’m With You', and the next Rock Pick of the Week. The video is moves from room to room, showing each band member in a different setting, and of course a shot of Flea in his tighty-whities. Frontman Anthony Kiedis recently underwent surgery to remove a crushed sesamoid bone and correct a detached flexor tendon in his foot and is expected to make a full recovery, but it caused the upcoming tour dates to be moved, in many cases to months later. Check out the latest tour dates and news at www.redhotchilipeppers.com
Here's a short time lapse and a behind the scenes 'making of' video for 'Look Around'
Jane's Addiction's 'Underground' is the up, and the latest release from 'The Great Escape Artist.' I have posted the tame version of the video, but the band wants you to check out the sexier, explicit video for 'Underground' at www.playboy.com
Jane's Addiction have played sporatic gigs in support of the album, but will kick off their 'Theatre of the Escapists' tour on Feb. 22nd in St. Louis. The band will play legendary concert halls on this upcoming tour, with many venues hosting Jane's Addiction for the first time. Check out tour dates here.
Up next is a new band from the UK that really rocks! I like their vibe, I like their direction, and I like their brand of no bulshit rock and roll. Frontiers Records is excited to announce the Worldwide release of Furyon's debut album 'Gravitas' on March 23rd in Europe and March 27th in North America.
Furyon is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock, Furyon mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock radio friendly songs, with technically challenging, yet infectiously catchy musicianship. Dedicated to one sole purpose, making hard hitting songs that will stand the test of time. "Our music is good songs with touches of intelligence" says singer Matt Mitchell, "There are a many different moods that come out from this album and all the songs have meaning and substance. Heavy and Melodic! That is what Furyon and this album 'Gravitas' is about".
What separates Furyon from the crowd is the sheer quality of their musicianship. Boasting two truly world class guitarists in the form of Chris Green and Pat "The Shred" Heath, Furyon have few peers when it comes to the quality of their iconic riffs, and jaw dropping solos. Backing them up is one of the tightest rhythm sections the rock world has to offer with the awesome combination of Lee Farmery, and Alex (Nickel) Bowen. Leading from the front is the outstanding vocal versatility of Matt Mitchell, whose emotion drenched voice effortlessly moves between melodic and crunchingly heavy. "We really have been inspired by many bands over the time (as all musicians and writers are)" continues Matt, "but for this album inspirations from bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Tool, Mastodon, Alter Bridge and Iron Maiden spring to mind".
In 2009, after a sell out tour, and accompanying EP, Furyon set about the serious business of writing their debut album. The early demo's reached the ears of US producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy), and a powerful and symbiotic relationship was formed. "Our hook up with Rick Beato was through Kip Winger" recalls Matt. "We toured with Winger on their Karma tour and we had spoken with Kip about the band Shinedown and how we liked their productions. Kip hooked us up with Rick and to our delight he was interested in doing the album. Rick is a truly great Producer and writer".
Released independently on a low profile and later covermounted on Metal Hammer UK, 'Gravitas' has now been picked up by Frontiers Records and the world will know all about Furyon soon!
Canadian rock band My Darkest Days have returned with their new single ‘Casual Sex’ off of their upcoming sophomore album, which is due this coming spring.
My Darkest Days consist of frontman Matt Walst, lead guitarist Sal Costa, bassist Brendan McMillian, keyboardist Reid Henry and drummer Doug Oliver. The song ‘Casual Sex’ features guitar work from virtuoso axeman John 5 (Rob Zombie / Marilyn Manson), and is produced by Joey Moi and mixed by Andy Wallace (Nirvana, Linkin Park).
The upcoming album follows their 2010 self-titled debut, which sold more than 200,000 copies. That album featured their hit ‘Porn Star Dancing,’ which had Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger and guitar work from Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde on it. Look for a brief headlining club tour with Veer Union supporting at the end of March and first week of April.
The band shares the same management as Nickelback, thus the synergy as My Darkest Days will be opening for Nickelback, Bush and Seether on their North American tour from April 10 - June 26th. It looks like My Darkest Days are going to continue their streak as one of the hardest working rock band out there.