Singer Stephen Pearcy has announced “the return of the real RATT” in 2017. It is assumed that Pearcy is referring to himself along with fellow original members guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier.
According to news sources, ‘A recent court ruling decided in Croucier’s favor over RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer with respect to whether Croucier had committed trademark infringement by using the RATT name and logo to advertise his band RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER back in the fall 2015. In addition, the judge decided that the corporation WBS, Inc., of which Blotzer and DeMartini were thought to be the sole shareholders, and which Blotzer has claimed owns the RATT name and brand, did not have ownership interest in the RATT marks and that the name and brand was still owned by the members who were part of the original RATT partnership agreement, including — apparently — Pearcy and Croucier.’
Stephen Pearcy took to his official Twitter account on November 28 and posted: “Be ready 2017! From out of the cellar the return of the real RATT.”
Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini performed as the “surprise band” on October 1 on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise West, also known as Monsterwood. Joining them on stage was guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT’s last studio album, 2010’s “Infestation”, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who has played with bands like WHITE LION and MEGADETH.
Original drummer Bobby Blotzer has been touring under the name of ‘RATT’, featuring numerous different musicians.
DeMartini filed a lawsuit against Blotzer last year, claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his “tribute band” as the real RATT.
Be ready 2017! From out of the cellar the return of the real RATT. ☠️ pic.twitter.com/VOeQws41S1
— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) November 29, 2016