Vocalist Joshua Alan Exits Bobby Blotzer’s Ratt
As the battle for the Ratt band name continues, one version of the band has reunited, while the other needs to find a new vocalist. The lineup formed by drummer Bobby Blotzer included vocalist Joshua Alan, but the singer has announced via Facebook that he's no longer part of the group. His exit reportedly came a few weeks back, though he's only now revealing the news.
Alan says that he wants to focus on original music, and will be doing acoustic shows this year. Here's the post:
"Good morning, beautiful people! I just want to take a second to bring you all an update. As some of you may already know, I have resigned from my position with Bobby Blotzer/Ratt as of January 23rd. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of your love and support along the way! I would not have made it through this without you!
I will be working and focusing on my original music this year. If you would like to catch me live, I will be doing solo acoustic shows throughout the year as well (what I enjoy most), just check in here for updates!
With that being said, I have had an absolute wonderful time on this tour. I have met a lot of very good people and gained experience that I would not have otherwise. For that, I am forever grateful.
I will leave you with this: What I believe is the most important lesson here for myself, is that music is a universal language. It is a tool...a very powerful tool. It is intended to bring peace, love, and unity. I believe that to use such a beautiful and powerful thing for any other means is a complete disservice to the people! Music is power...unity is absolute power. Let's enjoy music, and let it bring us together as it is intended to do! Much love, people! Look forward to seeing you soon!
Blotzer posted this week that even though an appeal in a trademark infringement case was denied, that the fight over the Ratt name is not over yet.
As for the Stephen Pearcy fronted Ratt that also includes Juan Croucier and Warren DeMartini along with guitarist Carlos Cavazo (ex-Quiet Riot) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-Megadeth, ex-Alice Cooper), they just played their first reunion show under the band name.
They also have some festival dates planned for this summer and Pearcy will embark on a solo tour in support of his recently released album Smash on March 3 on St. Charles, Ill. For all Pearcy solo and Pearcy-fronted Ratt tour dates, go here.
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