RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer spoke with John Parks from Legendary Rock Interviews recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
Legendary Rock Interviews: How much of a distraction is it to the business of Ratt when Stephen’s off doing solo albums and tours and Warren’s off doing his thing?
A: “It’s a joke to me the way that these guys handle business. We should have been working this past summer, out there touring or getting ready for the next record. Those two guys took it upon themselves to basically refuse to work or tour, and then incidentally when Stephen finally gave in and decides ‘Okay, whatever let’s get out there and tour’ suddenly Warren decides he’s not going to tour, I guess to teach Stephen a lesson. In my opinion, it’s all just really bad business and really petty. I don’t think coming off a really great record like Infestation that this was the right move for the band to be making. We did a record that was a true return to form, we had two Grammy considerations, top five album in Japan and Canada, top 30 in the States. We should be steamrolling right now and as far as Stephen doing a solo album, that is something I do not understand. Stephen is a part of Ratt and our label Roadrunner picked up our option for the next album, I don’t think Stephen or anyone is able to release anything. He shouldn’t be putting anything out unless it’s a Ratt record.”
Legendary Rock Interviews: Sometimes I’ve heard some of his solo projects and thought to myself ‘why not release that as Ratt?’
A: “That’s just it though. He’s put out these records and I don’t think ANY of it compares to Ratt. I don’t think I’ve heard anything on his albums over all these years that I would at all consider Ratt. Granted, I haven’t heard every song or even every record he’s done but what I have heard of Stephen without us has always been like ‘Ok, whatever, I’m not too concerned about that.’ You know? That goes for a lot of bands’ solo projects. It’s only Ratt when you take us and get us all together with each other’s material. Then it becomes Ratt music. You will not hear songs like we’ve had on Ratt records on anybody else’s solo material.”
Legendary Rock Interviews: So how are things between you and Warren at this point?
A: “I’d say ‘lukewarm’. That’s a good term. I talked to him for the first time in about a year. I mean, it was a good conversation but honestly I would characterize it as lukewarm. Stephen and I talk frequently and that is what it is, we’re not at all on non-speaking terms. I ran into Juan Croucier actually about a month ago and had a good ten minute talk with him which was….interesting. I’ve actually got the Juan interview with you guys right here in front of me as I’m talking to you, someone sent it to me. Typical bullshit from him.”
Read the entire interview here.