RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer has slammed the band’s lead singer, Stephen Pearcy, for allegedly choosing to resume his solo career this year while Blotzer and other members of the group pursue other projects. In a series of posts on his Facebook page, Bobby writes, “Congrats to Sullivan Bigg’s agency [Bigg Time Entertainment] and the Stephen Pearcy solo band adventure on the first solo show for his HUGE forthcoming 2011 tour, and the lucky 52 people that got to hear RATT‘s music butchered. Poor promoter! And asking for a rider and his two packs of smokes on top of the monster drawing power? LOL, priceless.
“All will be told in my new book. I’ll tell you this, though: I’m sick of the lies and deception from the whole lot of them in this band. And guess what, who owns the name? Two right now…
“Look, guys, yes, I’m obviously really burnt and pissed here, yes. But I want RATT to be RATT. With all of us. I’m tired of rolling a snowball up hill to build the snowman. I’m also not doing this as a promo for this new book. Happens to be falling at the same time. It’s all about the love of playing for you guys year in year out, and having a great job, with job security. Every single year I’m re-building this band.”
Pearcy revealed last November that was planing to enter the studio soon to begin work on his fourth solo album. He said, “Expect the unexpected, It’s time to pull out all the stops on this one, no fuckin’ around. We’ve got more than enough material, and the material is ass-kicking! There’s a couple songs that should have been on [RATT‘s latest album’ ‘Infestation’, that’s for sure, [but] stubbornness and politics prevented that. But there’s a reason for everything.”
He added, “I’d also like to get a song with Carlos (Cavazo; RATT guitarist, who co-wrote ‘Eat Me Up Alive’ and ‘Best Of Me’ with Pearcy for RATT‘s ‘Infestation’) in there . . . With new management, I’ve got a full plate at the moment for 2011, and wouldn’t have it any other way at this time.”
“Infestation”, the first studio record in 11 years from RATT, sold around 14,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 30 on the Billboard 200 chart. The CD was released on April 20 via Loud & Proud.
“Infestation” was produced by Michael “Elvis” Baskette (CHEVELLE, ALTER BRIDGE) at his Virginia studio, marking the first time the band has recorded outside of Los Angeles. The album is full of attitude and of reflection, cycling through a range of emotions. There are party anthems that RATT are known for alongside more contemplative, thoughtful tunes.
A 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace car that once belonged to original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is being auctioned on eBay by Ace‘s former sister-in-law (sister of Ace‘s ex-wife Jeanette).
A description of the car from the seller reads as follows: “This 1978 25th anniversary limited edition Indy Pace car has been given a whole lot of family love! The original owner is my brother-in-law Ace Frehley, former lead guitarist of KISS. Ace purchased this car new in 1978 in the likeness of his spaceman makeup. Two years later, Ace gave me the car as a gift for my high school graduation. So this car is not only gorgeous, it has a really cool history for any Ace fan or collector. The car is in excellent condition and has always been garaged and gently driven. Also included is one of Ace Frehley‘s personalized autographed Epiphone guitars. A photo of Ace with the car will be given to the winning bidder.”
According to MusicTAP, the 5.1 Surround Sound remix of RUSH‘s classic 1981 album “Moving Pictures” will be released on April 5. Two packages will be made available — a CD/DVD set and a CD/BD (Blu-ray disc) set.
The 5.1 Surround Sound remix of “Moving Pictures” was handled by Canadian producer/engineer Richard Chycki — who is known for his work with AEROSMITH and OUR LADY PEACE, and who teamed up with Nick Raskulinecz (RUSH, DEATH ANGEL, STONE SOUR) on RUSH‘s last studio album, 2007’s “Snakes & Arrows”. He recently wrote on his official blog, “I finished tweaks on ‘Red Barchetta’ [on February 3]. It really was an amazing experience to spread the original tracks of such a classic CD into the 3D word of surround. (The car speeds off, goes behind and banks a sharp right in rear, [by the way]). The listening experience is drastically enveloping and coupled with songs and performances that epitomize this band, it’s definitely a great time to re-discover RUSH.
“After discussion with the band, the goal here was to pay serious homage to the production of the era so a considerable amount of time was spent researching and working through effects, etc. that matched the original but would fare well in the 5.1 world. And, of course, placement was also a critical issue. I’m pleased with the results and [RUSH guitarist] Alex Lifeson was pretty blown away when he came in to listen to the finals.”
RUSH‘s current “Time Machine Tour” is an evening with the band, where they perform their classics, give a taste of the future — and for the first time ever — feature the “Moving Pictures” album live in its entirety.
Released in 1981, “Moving Pictures” was RUSH‘s most successful album, certified four-times platinum and features some of the band’s most well known songs and perennial radio favourites “Tom Sawyer”, “Limelight” and the Grammy-nominated instrumental “YYZ”.