It has been a long five year legal battle — drummer Bobby Blotzer has finally won the rights to use the name, Ratt.
Although Blotzer is not an original member of Ratt, he is actually the band's fifth drummer, he does appear on all of the band's albums, having joined the group back in 1982. The band's 1984 debut album, Out of the Cellar, features singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini, and Blotzer on drums. Also appearing on the record, guitarist Robbin Crosby, who was with the band from 1981 to 1991, and bassist Juan Croucier, also with the band from 1982 to 1992 and 2012 until the formation of this new band.
Blotzer, Pearcy and DeMartini owned the Ratt name through a company they originally formed, WBS, Inc. In 2000, Pearcy was forced to give up his share in the company when he left the band the first time; he re-joined Ratt six years later, leaving once again in 2014. DeMartini didn't want to keep the band together if Pearcy was not a part of it, thus leaving the rights to the Ratt name to Blotzer.
Blotzer has now put a new Ratt band together with Josh Alan (vocals), Scotty Griffin (bass), Blaze (guitar) and Doc Ellis (guitar), with plans to tour in 2016.
RATT RE-INVASION TOUR 2016
From the band that brought some of the most well known rock anthems of the past 35 years and helped popularize the MTV MUSIC generation... RATT is “BACK FOR MORE” and will be performing shows from October- December 2015 and kicking off the North American leg of RATT's "RE-INVASION TOUR” in 2016.
After a five year battle over trademark issues… doing everything he could to appease and re-assemble the band, BOBBY BLOTZER, the CEO of WBS, Inc. has taken control of the RATT brand and is taking his multi-platinum RATT back on the road, bringing fans the songs they love and shows they've missed... continuing to build upon RATT's legendary legacy! RATT-N-ROLL FOREVER!
Current tour dates are scheduled with major swings through the Mid-West, Southeast, South, Northeast and Canada. Stay tuned for more cities and dates being added each day.
Only two specific performance dates have been announced thus far; October 8 at G.B. Leighton's Pickle Park in Fridley, MN and October 9 at The District in Sioux Falls, SD.