Another good day for festivals as Rocklahoma 2013 has announced it’s lineup. Alice In Chains, “Guns N’ Roses” and Korn with the backwards “R” represent your headliners May 24th through the 26th if your the type of person to choose to hang in Oklahoma for 3 days. Other acts playing sets that don’t suck entirely: Cheap Trick, Bush, Bullet For My Valentine, Papa Roach and Clutch. And stop me if you’ve heard these words before, but for more information check out the festival’s official website
I had no intention of even going to this concert until I found out that my friend’s band was the opener. I got free tickets!
Ratt. They were big in the 80’s. I was a huge fan of their “Out of The Cellar” LP. “Round And Round”, “Lack Of Communication”, “Back For More”, “Wanted Man”, all great tunes. That was 1984. Their next effort, “Invasion Of Your Privacy” was a bit light for my tastes as I had since discovered Anthrax and Metallica. So, Ratt was all but a passing fad in my opinion. Part of the Hair Metal movement that I didn’t particularly care about. They had a string of popular songs through the 80’s and like most Metal bands of the era, they died a slow painful death as Grunge took over.
So, now it’s 2010. Ratt has resurfaced with a new album. “Infestation”. Former Quiet Riot guitarist, Carlos Cavazois now in the line up replacing some replacements for the late Robbin Crosby. Stephen Pearcy, is he sober or not? You hear things, people talk. Anyway, I was interested as much as I was skeptical about how this was going to turn out.
The night started as you might expect with a show at The House of Blues at Disney’s Downtown West Side, with a line of people wrapped completely around the building. It also began as you might expect on a July afternoon in Central Florida, thunderstorms. Naturally, there’s no cover to stand under and of course, they didn’t open the doors to let folks in. Not even on time. So everyone got a good soaking before entering. At least The HOB has an awesome a/c system because once you got inside, you were wet AND freezing!
My friend’s band, Dirrty Hairy started promptly at 8:30 PM. Dirrty Hairy is an Orlando based Hair Metal tribute band. They’re an 80’s cover band. I think it worked out well. DH primed the capacity crowd with big hair 80’s metal. You can check them out at www.hair-metal.comthey did a 45 minute set that started with Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” and ended with some Gun’s and Roses. It was 1987 all over again!
Ratt took the stage and started playing hit after hit. The sound was pretty good and you could hear everything clearly, except for Stephen Pearcy. I think that was by design though. The man just can’t sing his own songs very well anymore I guess. He can’t hit the notes. The rest of the band members were awesome and their singing ability pretty much carried Pearcy. They played some selections off of their new record too. Although, I couldn’t tell you what they were. They pretty much sounded the same as the rest of the material. Not that, that was a bad thing necessarily.
Of course, they all had the look. They all look matured, for sure. But it didn’t look like a bunch of old geezers up on the stage. They were rockin’ the house. I was glad to see Carlos Cavazo looking and sounding good. He fit in right with the Ratt and Roll show.
All in all, it was a great time and it definitely brought me back to a time when we were all about 25 years younger and 25 pounds lighter. If you liked Ratt in the 80’s, you’ll like them today. Check them out if you get the chance.
RATT is BACK! Amazing show last night in NYC. Stephen, Warren, Carlos, Bobby and Robbie were in top musical shape. warren is such a guitar god, he was incredible. carlos also provided some guitar mastery as well. tight rythym section with bobby and robby. what can i say about mr. pearcy, his voice and stage prescense was great tonight. the sound of the p.a. was in top form. i did heard someone in the back of the room complain about the bass sounds but i did not experience that. a lot of energy on the stage. i was standing at the barrier right between warren and stephen stage spots and warren kept creeping closer to the edge many times over to show us his finger pickin goodness. the stage was a little bit away from “arms reach” and hence not once did any of the RATT men gave high fives to anyone. no guitar picks were thrown that i can remenber. i did get one of “blotz” drum stick simply cause i made eye contact with bobby and did my “air drum stick finger twistin” trick and bobby threw one my way…thanks blotz.
i got to meet the legendary photographer MARK WEISS. after the show, the meet and greet was held and it went very well. i got my drum stick signed by bobby. got two concert tickets signed by stephen and warren as well as my 1987 tour programme. i shook hands with all of them. i think that Ratt was pleased to see the tried and true fans along with the new recruits. last night it was trully a RATT N ROLL night. where ever that you find yourself to be try not to missed this opportunity to see RATT in concert.