Main Hard Rock News On 25/04/2014

Ratt Future Uncertain As Stephen Pearcy Leaves Band

Ratt Future Uncertain As Stephen Pearcy Leaves BandThe future of ’80s hard rock staples Ratt looks bleak, with the recent announcement that singer Stephen Pearcy would be leaving the band. 

“After 30 years creating the band Ratt and losing a real brother, Robbin (Crosby), it’s time that I personally part ways with the band,” Pearcy told Metal Sludge. “I am officially done with having anything to do with them due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum and most of all, the disrespect to the fans.” 

While the singer didn’t mention Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer by name, the two have been at odds for several years now and was the likely cause of the frontman’s departure from the group. 

“I’m very content and proud of the legacy and the music I’ve created. This music will live well beyond any of our lifetimes,” Pearcy continued. “I owe no one anything but a huge heartfelt thank you for coming to the party for the last 30 years. With much respect, life goes on and the music I created will continue to be heard for years to come despite the dark clouds that have lingered for far too long. I will personally continue to make music and perform live shows.” 

In January of this year Pearcy stated that he was writing material with guitarist Warren DeMartini for a brand new Ratt studio album to be released later this year, their first with bassist Juan Croucier since 1990’s ‘Detonator’. However, with today’s announcement that he would be walking away from the band, the possibility of new Ratt material doesn’t look promising. Regarding Ratt’s last studio album, 2010’s ‘Infestation’, Sleaze Roxx said, “All too often an ’80s band will say they are returning to their roots only to leave you scratching your head wondering what they are listening to. In this case Ratt was right on the money… Infestation is the rebirth of the classic Ratt sound.”

 

Saints Of Rebellion Offer Preview Of Upcoming Debut Album

Baltimore, Maryland’s Saints Of Rebellion have released a track by track preview of their upcoming debut album ‘New American Dream’ — due out June 3rd via HighVolMusic with pre-orders beginning on May 1st. 

‘New American Dream’ was recorded at the Recovery Room in Arkansas and produced by Ty Sims. The band will be on tour throughout the U.S. beginning in June with Brand New Machine — tour dates and additional information will be announced shortly. 

Saints Of Rebellion’s music packs a rock-hard punch that you will identify with, but just can’t stereotype into a single style of music or into any one direction. ‘New American Dream’ is a culmination of years of songwriting combined with the life experiences of four very different musicians. The result is a captured energy and intensity that showcases the talent and sincerity of the band. 

Vocalist Coby DeShazo’s powerful vocals offer a soulful and bluesy grace, but also blends in his own very modern-day style. The rhythm section is comprised of bassist/keyboardist Jay Hitaffer and drummer/percussionist Ryche Green. These two combined create a dynamic rhythm section that channels the thunderous grooves of Saints Of Rebellion. The brute force that drives the music home is guitarist John Adams, who attacks his guitar with intense prowess. 

The individual musical identities of the members in Saints Of Rebellion have managed to mesh it all together in ‘New American Dream’ — a unique and unforgettable sound that’ll get your blood pumping. From the first note to the last, Saints Of Rebellion is putting it all out there, loaded with universal emotion and sure to capture attention. 

 

The Quireboys Celebrating 30th Anniversary With ‘Black Eyed Sons’ Album

The Quireboys Celebrating 30th Anniversary With 'Black Eyed Sons' AlbumThirty years into their career The Quireboys are ready to celebrate a golden age of music with ‘Black Eyed Sons’, a new album slated for release on June 16th through Off Yer Rocka Recordings. 

Following hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed ‘Beautiful Curse’ — the band’s biggest-selling record since their early ’90s heyday — comes ‘Black Eyed Sons’, an album produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides that represents yet another career high for the band. 

Spike (vocals), Guy Griffin (guitars), Paul Guerin (guitars) and Keith Weir (keyboards) have spent more than a decade rebuilding and revitalising one of British rock ‘n’ roll’s best-loved brands. ‘Black Eyed Sons’ is the triumphant result. 

‘Black Eyed Sons’ will include a live CD and live DVD. Packaged alongside a CD of The Quireboys’ main stage acoustic set at 2013’s Sweden Rock festival — in front of 40,000 fans — and a live 7 CAM shot DVD featuring the London leg of last year’s ‘Beautiful Curse’ tour, this a must-have for long-time fans and new converts alike. 

“I’ve always felt like I’m 30-years-old,” jokes Spike. “So this is our time. And I’d just like to raise a toast to the next 30 years.” 

 

“Ratt Is Bigger Than The Sum Of The Parts” Says Drummer Bobby Blotzer

Ratt Is Bigger Than The Sum Of The Parts Says Drummer Bobby BlotzerEarlier today Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy announced that he was leaving the band, putting their future in doubt. 

Now Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer, who has been fueding with Pearcy, shares his side of the story. “To our/my Ratt fans and friends… I will say to you guys, I am sorry that I brought you guys into our personal world and turbulation. I’ve been so personally driven to a breaking point with our band being held hostage every year, that I’ve kind of been snapping. I wish we were still all four together and doing business as great as we have been doing. Especially last year. This is why its so nonsensical to me to have this disruption in a business we’ve built for the last 33 years.” 

“Reality sits at, Stephen and I have gotten along since his return in ’07,” continued Blotzer. “Aside from the fact that he basically quits every year. It’s been hard to deal with. I feel bad that I might have put a dividing line out here, and for that I’m feeling bad about and I to a certain level feel the need to apologise to YOU Guys. My words were true, but the words should have stayed in my mind. And again I state that, I was only kidding about this picture thing with Steve, dumb joke. You ever done that? Exactly. When this news popped today, my phone was blowing up all day while I was trying to enjoy an afternoon with friends and I just lost it. I was going to come home and tear into that release line by line. I read your thoughts and realized that it’s time to shut the f**k up. As hard as that feels because we, the 4 other guys in this band did nothing to merit this whole behavior from Stephen.” 

As for the future of Ratt, Blotzer hints that the band may not be dead after all. “Thanks for understanding, you guys know I, we love you so much. Ratt is my life and I’ll live and die fighting for the mothership. My Facebook is going bye bye here soon. So, look to see what happens in a short time… Ratt is bigger than the sum of the parts!” 

“After 30 years creating the band Ratt and losing a real brother, Robbin (Crosby), it’s time that I personally part ways with the band,” Pearcy told Metal Sludge earlier today. “I am officially done with having anything to do with them due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum and most of all, the disrespect to the fans.” 

“I’m very content and proud of the legacy and the music I’ve created. This music will live well beyond any of our lifetimes,” Pearcy continued. “I owe no one anything but a huge heartfelt thank you for coming to the party for the last 30 years. With much respect, life goes on and the music I created will continue to be heard for years to come despite the dark clouds that have lingered for far too long. I will personally continue to make music and perform live shows.” 

In January of this year Pearcy stated that he was writing material with guitarist Warren DeMartini for a brand new Ratt studio album to be released later this year, their first with bassist Juan Croucier since 1990’s ‘Detonator’. However, with today’s announcement that he would be walking away from the band, the possibility of new Ratt material doesn’t look promising. Regarding Ratt’s last studio album, 2010’s ‘Infestation’, Sleaze Roxx said, “All too often an ’80s band will say they are returning to their roots only to leave you scratching your head wondering what they are listening to. In this case Ratt was right on the money… Infestation is the rebirth of the classic Ratt sound.” 

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