4/29: RATT, A7X IN FL, RYCHE, PRIEST, PHILLY, MORE

Jam packed radio show last night! If you missed the interviews they will be On Demand on the SiriusXM app and no doubt online soon. Had Stephen Pearcy and Bobby Blotzer on separately talking about the Ratt situation. It sounds like this is pretty nasty at the moment but also sounds like there could be a possible resolution at some point. Stephen is open to making an album but clearly has issues with Blotzer it seems. Ratt truly was/is a great band that made some great records. Sucks when this stuff happens but we have seen it many times in the music business. From the Ratt perspective all options seem to be on the table so we will see what the next moves are. All I can do is present both sides with equal time and that’s what I did. Everyone can make their decisions from there.

Also thanks to M Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold for checking in. I’m about to leave for FL where I look forward to seeing the band live for the first time tomorrow at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood along with Hellyeah and Adrenaline Mob. I will be selling and signing my book outside Hard Rock Live tomorrow starting 6PM. No ticket needed to get to me FYI.

Also thanks to Kip Winger for calling in. Winger has a new album out now called Better Days Coming.

I will be back for a live show on Q104.3 NYC this Friday at 11PM ET.

Not a surprise non Geoff Tate version of the band got the rights to the name. This should alleviate any confusion. What I am waiting to see is exactly what Geoff can bill his band as? That has not yet been revealed and has no doubt been decided as part of the long negotiation. Geoff also retains the rights to Mindcrime full performances in his settlement with the band. More to come and I wish both camps well.

New Priest song sounds cool but I refuse to really comments on music unless I have it sent in a proper way. The song was not made available commercially until today and listening to compressed streams on phones and computers is not how I want to asses and crank new music. I look forward to the album and glad the guys are getting ready to do stuff again.

Been listening to the new Tesla album which is out in June. Really great hard rock as usual from these guys. I’ll play it when the band gives me the green light.

Don’t forget coming to the Troc in Philly this Saturday night with Don and Jim for our live show. Both books available for sale at this event as well. Been a bit since I’ve been in Philadelphia, look forward to seeing you all there or in S FL tomorrow night.

Comments

  1. Geoff Tate’s Queensryche website has already been updated billing him as “Geoff Tate: The Voice of Queensryche”. I’m assuming that is what he is going to use for future recording and touring.

    • Omar J. Giovannetti says:

      That’s kind of lame, can’t he get over it? He’s no longer the voice of Queensryche, why don’t just go solo as Geoff Tate or name the band Mindcrime, that would be a cool name.

  2. Tate’s website is now re-branded “Geoff Tate – The Voice of Queensryche” so there’s your answer Eddie. Tate has also announced a “Farewell Tour” of sorts which is pretty misleading. At this point, the fans know what they are getting and which band members are playing in each group.

  3. Eddie, what’s your take/review on Winger’s Better Days Comin’? I think it is an easy 9.5 out of 10. Similarities to 2009’s Karma, yet some major differences. Hopefully it will sell well, get radio play and that the band will tour extensively. I appreciate all you do

  4. So I’m confused… Queensryche can not perform Mindcrime in fulllive? Or is the fact that Geoff can do so just some legal thing that must be stated in writing?

    I mean QR can do OP in full live also can’t they?

  5. Just got a concert release on our local affiliate 94.1 KZRR in New Mexico this morning that Geoff Tate’s Queensryche farewell tour will be hitting Albuquerque August 24th i believe. So not sure if it’s news, but that’s how it was billed this morning on the radio.

  6. I love Priest. Anything they put out is cool with me, and a blessing… but I listened to LiquidMetal Monday morning, and they played Painkiller – this new song just can’t compare to that. All said, let’s not dismiss the entire upcoming album based on this one song. I recall them putting “Revolution” out there before Angel Of Retribution was released, and I thought it was so-so, nothing special – but once the album was out I can say “Revolution” was one of the weakest tracks on the Angel Of Retribution album – I think the album had some killer songs on it. So let’s see how the rest sounds…

    • I have to disagree, I think the new song is closer to the Painkiller album than anything I’ve heard since the reunion. I can hear traces of “Between The Hammer & The Anvil” and “One Shot At Glory” in the new song. Perhaps it’s not quite “as good” as the Painkiller album, but I think it’s the best thing they’ve put out since. The new song to me is what the Angel Of Retribution album should have been…it just sucks that KK isn’t involved.

  7. Regarding Ratt, has anyone noticed how Warren’s name never gets mentioned? HE seems to be a professional who never gets sucked into any of this nonsense. It’s always about Stephen and Bobby. If those two guys just can’t get along anymore, here’s a thought: get rid of Bobby. Good drummers are a dime a dozen, but iconic frontmen aren’t. Stephen may be arrogant and difficult (most rock singers seem to be), but the simple truth is that he’s the face and voice of Ratt, not to mention one of the principle songwriters. Stephen has co-written almost every Ratt song in their entire catalog, whereas Blotzer’s only had a hand in writing a few tracks here and there. Stephen is also the guy who STARTED THE BAND. Infestation is an awesome album and I really want the follow-up! If Bobby is the roadblock, lose him. I don’t think I’d miss Bobby that much, but I have no interest in a Ratt without Stephen. Some people are just more significant than others (for example, with Van Halen, I don’t really miss Mike, but I missed Dave a LOT).
    Just my two-cents opinion (which is probably all it’s worth). Let the bitching commence…

    • Stephen and Bobby are the mouthpieces with the enormous egos. Warren is a bit of a control freak but in a very quiet way. This crap between Bobby and Stephen has been ongoing since The late 80’s, and will doubtlessly never stop.

    • Warren and Bobby own the Ratt name, Stephen Pearcy is just a hired employee at this stage. Much like Vince Neil in Motley Crue. So Warren and Bobby are in the driver’s seat in terms of the business. Stephen draws a good 50 people in clubs by himself, so it’s embarrassing these guys can’t just shut up, enjoy playing festivals with 4/5 of the original Ratt. Nobody wins now.

    • domino65 says:

      The main problem is Pearcy ego. He’s a real dickhead!

  8. Steve Shively says:

    You guys need to come to Rockfest in Kansas City in May, the largest one day rock festival in the States, beoches!!!

  9. I think Stephen Pearcy is kind of a douche for leaving the band. He thinks he’s better than the rest of the band? Get real. Bobby Blotzer made all the sense in the world when he they were better off together than as solo artists.

  10. Once you see A7X you will be blown away and become a diehard member of the Deathbat legion. Get ready Eddie!

  11. Brian from Long Island says:

    Eddie-
    Hopefully Ratt works it out and reforms…would like to at least see one more show from that lineup. Infestation was a good album, underrated. Thanks For what you do as always…

  12. Stormin' says:

    I agree with Rick. Pearcy and Blotz are both asses but I’d much rather have Pearcy/Demartini continue on as Ratt than Blotz/Demartini. Pearcy/Demar were already writting songs together. Keep it going.

  13. I hope ratt works this out with Stephen, get back together & go out on tour with the crue! we finally get juan back, and then Stephen quits again, that sucks! love alice cooper, but could you imagine two of the biggest bands from the 80’s that started around the same time from around the same place, going out with a bang! I don’t know what the relationships are like now between ratt & crue, but if they’re all still good friends, I can only imagine what kind of party that would be like. I don’t think they ever did a tour together in the past, but man I’d give anything to see that! party animals, work it out & let’s party!

  14. charlie rains says:

    Halford is 63 yrs old. He cannot sing anymore. Its a shame he’s pulling a Willie Mays and tarnishing his legacy. Of course Eddie is not big enough to tell us what he really thinks.

    • Big enough? I have never commented on an album or song based off a stream on my phone or a live performance from an iPhone. I also don’t review albums based off of one song. Call me crazy. When I have a proper version of the song and album I will gladly post my review instead of jumping to every conclusion off of one song I heard so far as a stream on my phone.

    • For a 63 year old guy he can still sing great. Could he sing “Exciter” now without tuning down? Probably not. Doesnt matter. He’s changed his music style over the years. Even Priest changed over the years. Listening to Halford’s last solo album I have no doubt he can still sing Priest-worthy metal. Dont exactly see how he’s tarnishing his legacy by one song? Maybe if the song was called “Turbo Lover 2″.

    • pete lytel says:

      What an Awful, nasty post. You come in here and bash one of metals most beloved voices and then jab at Eddie…immature.

  15. Y’know, I hate how legalities get things all fucked up. STEPHEN STARTED RATT. Seems a shame that an asshole like Blotzer has rights to the name when he wasn’t even an original member! You’d think that Stephen would be able to prove in a court of law that RATT was his from the start & that regardless of all the legal maneuvering since, it’s still HIS band & his name! Anyway, Blotzer needs to REALLY reconsider all of his nonsense, because without Stephen, the name RATT won’t make any money.

  16. Mark Ellis says:

    I remember when a friend gave me a cassette of Queensryche’s first record, a four-song affair which included “Queen Of The Reich.” I was thinking, “here’s a Pacific Northwest contender in the hard rock/heavy metal sweepstakes.” Before QR we had Hendrix and Heart. I went on to purchase everything the band put out, and saw them many times. I was ecstatic at the Mindcrime break through to mega-stardom–we’ll always have “Eyes Of A Stranger”–but actually thought that Empire was the pinnacle of the band’s creativity.

    It’s tough when the classic line-ups that gave us stupendously awesome soundtracks for good times and bad break due to personal disagreements, but these are human beings, times change, and shit happens.

    Same thing with Ratt. MTV flogged “Round and Round” to death, and we liked it, but De Martini’s solo on “Lay It Down” stands in my opinion as one of the classiest microcosms of metal’s early 80s resurgence.

  17. flashrockinman says:

    As you learn from listening to ET Rocks, it’s often about the bottom line with the bands. My guess, with RATT’s original bassist returning after 20 years or so, the slice of the pie just got a little smaller.

  18. Bummed on the Ratt break up. It seems simple to me. Stephen wants to play small clubs and do it at his own pace. I don’t think he really wants to play big show anymore. The rest of the band wants the bigger stage. Stephen’s voice is still there but is exposed to much on the big stage. I think he knows he can’t do it anymore. His heart is not in it. He doesn’t like the people he works with. He feels like he’s not getting anything out of it. I bummed as a fan but it’s to be mad at somebody for doing what they feel is best for themselves. The only problem is the rest of the band suffers the most from this. The rest of the band has everything to lose and that is a shame. Nobody is to blame. There are in different places.

  19. Buck Futt says:

    Tate will probably wind up using some lawyer-approved tag a la (no coincidence) Pearcy, aka “former original lead singer of Ratt.”

  20. I am s massive Ratt fan…have been since 84…I dont think you can point a finger at just one member. I do know I am on a few of the guys personal fb pages, and from what Ive read, Blotz likes to bad mouth the other guys….whatever…..egos should be put aside, cause we all know they cant do a full blown stadium tour, unless they are with another huge group…aka Scorpions, Vh, Bon Jovi, etc…….I personally think they all need to grow up and make some new great music for the fans!!!

  21. I saw Poison not long ago and Bret Michaels’ voice was still pretty good (better than Pearcy’s).
    After this latest Ratt breakup, I had an idea. Bret could hook up with Ratt and maybe another member of Poison, depending on who would be into it and get along the best. They could call it
    Ratt Poison. The set list would be the very best of Ratt and Poison. I think it would be interesting.

  22. Goodness, people in bands are so stupid, they end up believing their own bullshit. Guess who pays? the fans, we do. La Torre ..hmm he sounds EXACTLY like Geoff, but not as good. Same with Foreigner’s singer. It’s just becoming a sick, sick joke. It’s all about branding, but really, the brand is a superficial identity, it’s the flesh and blood of who is in the band that constitutes the band. At least Motley have the sense to end it before it turns into this ridiculous farce.

  23. It’s not like the Purple and Sabbath situations where they actually went in a different direction. …

  24. Dustin Rigsby says:

    Anybody ever spend a long time in a band ? After a while you get on each other’s nerves…. It’s just the way it is. Then there is the business relationships. Most fans do t have a clue as to how these things really go down,how people get paid and who gets the bigger slice of the pie. Put it this way,there are only two partners in the “kiss” corporation…Gene and Paul. Vinnie was an employee(refused to sign the employment agreement),Bruce,Singer,and Tommy are employees. It’s just the way it is. No such thing as “all for one and all for one” in the music business….just ask Don Felnor(Eagles).

    BTW….can we get some love for Bruce Kulick some freakin’ love ? He so deserved to be inducted into the HOF ! He kept KISS relevant in the late 80’s ! Phenomenal guitarist.

    • Bruce is a nice guy and a good guitar player, but really?
      Animalize
      Asylum
      Crazy Nights
      Hot in the Shade
      Revenge
      Kiss Alive 3
      Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions
      Hall of Fame material? I don’t think so. Kiss got in the HOF because of what they did in the 70s.

      • Actually, Animalize isn’t even included in that list, that would be Mark St. John.

      • Dustin says:

        Well, Timothy B. Schmidt was inducted with Eagles and was only featured on “The Long Run”. By your standards that doesn’t warrant an induction either. The HOF is a farce anyway. Bruce deserved it. He played on platinum albums. He was a huge part of Kiss in the 80’s. They didn’t induct Eric Carr either. What a slap that was. I say “F” the hall of lame anyway. I’ve said my peace.

  25. jeez louise says:

    I just saw Ratt in jan at petaluma,they sounded great and they didnt miss a beat having Jimmy Degrasso on drums.Not only is he a better drummer, he is also zero drama Fuck Blotzer he`s an idiot and things will never work if he`s in the band. Get Jimmy and give us some new Ratt !

  26. Blah blah Halford can’t sing lead singles are meant to be weak its called radio format and regular radio sucks anyways.

  27. How about Gus G. Solo album good stuff I think.

  28. Dwayne Cole says:

    Bobby and Warren of RATT need to get a new singer and move on. Ratt would be a great band if they had someone who could sing fronting the band. Stephen is one of the worse singers I’ve ever heard. He sounds like he’s talking the lyrics live. May as well be a rapper.

  29. I’ve never met Bobby, but I can verify that Stephen treats his fans like shit. He is a total ass. Dealing with someone like him must be tough, plus you can tell Bobby is a take no shit kind of guy. Gasoline met fire.

  30. Also, one thing that gets me is Bobby talking the money. He says Ratt gets $50,000 then goes on two say the split the money 4 ways (original members)………poor Carlos. Does he get anything? He is talked about like an after thought. I don’t think Bobby mentioned his name once.

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