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What Got You Hooked On Ratt?

  • What Got You Hooked On Ratt?
    07.04.2010 05:39:03 AM

    For me hearing Out Of The Cellar was the hook, as I was playing guitar at the time. I thought Warren was and still is an amazing player! Torch is a very versatile guitar player, from shredding to playing the blues. I have seen them numerous times in the 80's and in 2000, now as recently at the HOB in 2009 for their 25th anniversary show with Extreme, when they played the whole OOTC album. 20+ years later I am still in love with the band! :D

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on 07.04.2010 05:39:03 AM

For me hearing Out Of The Cellar was the hook, as I was playing guitar at the time. I thought Warren was and still is an amazing player! Torch is a very versatile guitar player, from shredding to playing the blues. I have seen them numerous times in the 80's and in 2000, now as recently at the HOB in 2009 for their 25th anniversary show with Extreme, when they played the whole OOTC album. 20+ years later I am still in love with the band! :D

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@Rock_Chick83: Once again, you're most welcome.

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@Guitarist est. 1971: Hi! UM, I was still in high school......LOL! Anyways yes, there were and still are a lot of great guitar players out there....I was more like a 3 chord player..with a few leads thrown in.... :p I remember when MTV played Round and Round like every hour, and I saw Ratt many times as an opening band, to a headliner. I did meet Warren briefly last year at the HOB, as he was going in for an interview....I was so stunned when my friend gave me a look and nodded her head, that I couldn't do much more than introduce myself, shake his hand and say have a great show...and ran away.....LOL! Here is the interview Warren did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmplIfH9BhM

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[quote=Cawster]Warren falling through the ceiling on the Round and Round video on MTV.[/quote] And that was done in one take....

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From reading everyone's replies, it seems that most of you got hooked at the beginning! Good to know there are still faithful fans out there after 25 years! RATT and ROLL! :D

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@Rock_Chick83: I started a separate thread a while ago with my "Tell Your Ratt Story" entry, and I'd like to stress once again that I didn't do that in an attempt to get attention or try to win the contest. I simply think it's something other Ratt fans may like to read. Plus, it might encourage them to tell stories of their own and/or help support the contest by entering.

As far as my recollections of meeting Warren go, I arrived at the local bar for the signing and my interview with Warren and saw Bobby Blotzer sitting at a table talking to a couple of guys. Robbie Crane and then-singer Jizzy Pearl were playing pool, and then-guitarist John Corabi was walking around with some girls following him about. At that point, I didn't see Warren anywhere.

I had a seat at a table near where Bobby was but didn't say anything, because he was in the middle of a conversation. A few moments passed, and the promoter and Warren came out of the bar area. The promoter told Warren I was with the local newspaper (I was a journalist and editor at that point in my life) and that I was also a big fan. Warren smiled, shook my hand and took a seat.

He talked to me for probably an hour and a half. It started out as an interview, but quickly turned into a personal discussion about all types of things. I remember him really getting a kick out of everything I knew about him, from his guitars and gear to all the trivia I knew about him and the band. At one point, after we'd been talking for a long time, the promoter came over and told Warren that he didn't have to talk to me anymore, to which Warren replied, "No, man. It's cool. He knows the history." That meant a lot to me.

As for what all Warren was saying to me, I can't remember anything in detail because so much time has passed. I do remember talking about Robbin Crosby, who was still living and in the hospital at the time (very, very sad). I also remember him telling me about how his brothers had a band when he was a kid and that he was always sneaking in their practice room and messing with their instruments while they were gone. He said that it made them mad and that they would hide the guitar cords and stuff so he couldn't play.

Other things that stand out include his classic rock roots. He specifically mentioned Jimi Hendrix and Band of Gypsys. He mentioned a lot of other influences, but the Hendrix-related stuff is what really jumps out in my mind. I also remember he was wearing a Band of Gypsys shirt at the concert the following night.

He also talked to me a lot about his gear. He was mainly using Performance guitars at the time, a company he'd had a relationship with since the 80s, despite mainly using Charvel/Jackson guitars during Ratt's golden years. He also joked about how he had so many amplifiers that he had to rent a storage building to hold them all.

There were a lot of other things that were discussed, but those are some of the highlights.

After we finished talking, the promoter wanted me to take a photo of him and another promoter with the band. My flash batteries were running low, as was the case when I had my picture made with Warren, and it was taking a long time for the flash to heat back up. So, when I got them lined up for the picture and turned the flash on, it took an eternity for it to power up.

During this time, Robbie or Jizzy (I'm not sure which) asked me if I knew how to use the thing and laughed. Then John Corabi mooned me and said, "Take a picture of this." I finished taking the pictures and walked away feeling like a total idiot. Then, Warren walked up to me, patted me on the shoulder and said, "Don't worry about it." That made me feel a lot better about the situation, and I ended up just laughing it off.

The next night at the concert, Warren spotted me and said "hey" and tried to throw picks to me on several occasions near the end of the show. Unfortunately, I didn't catch a one. So, between the last two songs, he reached out over everyone with a pick in his hand and wouldn't let go until he was sure I had it in my hand. That was one of the coolest moments ever. I still have that pick sitting on my half-stack, and I've never used it to this day.

Anyway, sorry for the long-winded post, but YOU ASKED. LOL

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@Rock_Chick83: I watched that same interview on You Tube a couple of weeks ago. Warren is very humble. He plays and looks like a rock star, but at the same time he's still down to earth and can relate to normal people. Despite all of the fame and accolades, he's never forgotten where he came from. He's an all-around great guy.

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@Guitarist est. 1971: Hi again....Actually (and I hate to admit this) I am older than you....I was making a joke.. :p When OOTC came out I was either 19 or 20....I'll pick 19...LOL! You were lucky to sit and talk with Warren, and it's great to know he pulls no attitude, and is a genuine person! Now if I could only meet him with out running away...LOL! If you wouldn't mind, could you tell me a bit more about your experience? BTW, I think I met Warren just as he was going into the interview,(it was around 3pm,and we wanted some food and drinks, but the restaurant was closed for a private party) as he had a garment bag, and was wearing a different shirt, and seemed like he was in a hurry so I didn't want to take up his time. Thank you for anything you care to share!

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Warren falling through the ceiling on the Round and Round video on MTV.

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Yes I did ask and I appreciate you sharing! Thank you Sir! :)

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We're probably about the same age, because I also became a Ratt fan when "Out of the Cellar" came out.

I'd been playing guitar for about a year or two at the time (I started playing in 1982) and had mainly been learning the typical stuff like AC/DC, Def Leppard, ZZ Top and whatever else my instructor threw my way. When I saw the video for "Round and Round," all of that went out the window. I simply thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever heard. I can remember literally stopping in my tracks when I walked past the television and thinking, "Oh ... my ... gosh." I'd never heard anything like it.

From that point on, I was a disciple of Warren DeMartini. He had the best guitar tone, style and feel of ANY guitar player in the 1980s and hopefully "Infestation" will remind the world of that. Yes, there were flashier players, faster players and so forth, but to me, all of Warren's qualities -- when combined -- made him the best of the bunch. I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with him for an extended period of time several years ago, and he was so kind, appreciative and humble. He's not just a great guitarist; he's a great person.

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Two words: Stephen Pearcy.

OK: I was a 12 year old girl when I first saw Round and Round on MTV. I was hooked!!! (Still am!)

Of course, I love the music also. The lyrics and the energy were and are great. There were lots of good looking and sexy '80s rockers (though few as hot as SEP!), so that's not enough to keep me hooked for 25+ years! But as to what first got me hooked on RATT, well, that was Stephen!

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@Rock_Chick83: [quote=Rock_Chick83]@Guitarist est. 1971: Hi! UM, I was still in high school......LOL! [/quote]

Something makes me think my photo makes me look old. LOL

I'm 38 years old and started playing guitar when I was 11. So, I was about 12, maybe 13, when "Out of the Cellar" came out.

I can't help the fact I went bald by the time I was 30!! LOL

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@Rock_Chick83: I took it as a joke, so no offense taken.

I'll try to post my recollections of speaking with Warren tomorrow. I've got a pretty good memory, but it was about 8 1/2 years ago.

Also, I'm thinking about cutting and pasting my entry for the "Tell Your Ratt Story" contest, just in case anyone's interested in reading it. I'm not expecting to win the contest by any means, but I'd be happy just knowing that Warren read it. It's in the contest entries with my same photo, but under my real name.

I'd do all of this now, but I have to close up my business and go to the hospital to visit my dad. Both of my parents have been having a lot of health problems lately (Dad's 88, Mom's 81 -- They had me late in life), so I don't have time to do much of anything right now.

Things have been very hectic for my whole family lately, and I've been on the go dealing with things nonstop.

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[quote=Guitarist est. 1971]@Rock_Chick83: I watched that same interview on You Tube a couple of weeks ago. Warren is very humble. He plays and looks like a rock star, but at the same time he's still down to earth and can relate to normal people. Despite all of the fame and accolades, he's never forgotten where he came from. He's an all-around great guy.[/quote]

My thoughts about Warren exactly! He could be one of those 'rock star' types but he's just a great guy who also happens to be my #3 favorite guitar player of all time and I'm not even a real musician. He's WAY COOL JUNIOR in my book since I'm about a year older than him as well.;-)

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@Guitarist est. 1971: Please take care of you and your family first! You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers! I am gonna send you a message right now.....No need to reply, just read....

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I remember hearing Round and Round on the radio and finally seeing the video on a Canadian video show called video hits. in 84. Got cellar immediately and Ratt have been my fav band since.

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That when you begin you can't stop!

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I first heard Round and Round senior year in high school. Once I heard the song I was hooked!

Ratt music has everything and that is why their music lives on!
Vocals - I love Stephen's raspy vocals. I have all of his solo and other projects also.
Catchy Songs and Lyrics
Screamin' Guitars
Drums - Even someone with no rhythm can find the beat.

In high school none of my friends liked Ratt's music. I either had to get new friends or convert them. I thought I'd try converting them since we had been friends since 4th grade.

My secret weapon - My Car! I was the only one with a car in high school and I drove us everywhere. I took that opportunity to play Out of the Cellar and the EP in the car. They complained in the beginning but I succeeded in converting them all.