- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Blotzer Brothers Publishing; 2nd ed. edition (April 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615364012
- ISBN-13: 978-0615364018
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 68 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tales of a RATT: Things You Shouldn't Know 2nd ed. Edition
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If you loved Ratt in the 80s and want to see some of the tall tales from a band member's perspective, you got to pick up this book. Even if you didn't grow up in the 80s, it is an old school lesson on what it is like to be a rock star.
There's almost no mention of Jizzy Pearl, who helped keep the band touring, and thus allowed Mr. Blotzer to pay his bills and sleep indoors. What little he does say is not complimentary. And IMO, he seems to think of Robbie Crane (from Vince Neils band) as an interloper. He has no problem ripping Juan Croucier a new A**hole every time his name come up later in the book, when in fact all Croucier wanted was 20% of the band he helped create. That's the real reason Juan abstained from the reunion.
John Corabi isn't even truly discussed here. Guess Mr. Blotzer missed Robbin Crosby, but still, he helped keep the band alive during the 'lean years' after the reunion. JC is by far a better guitar player than Warren, and should have been given some kudos in this book. Instead, Da Blotz, as he is known, choose to make a comment about 'hired guns', and makes it abundantly clear that he & Warren own the RATT name.
About 'hired guns', Blotzer makes it clear his feelings for Pearcy (Original Vocalist). He insults Pearcy throughout, even commenting on how Pearcy never wrote song, never sang in tune, etc. Well, where was the musical output between Pearcy's departure, and the famous lawsuit? Simple, the songwriting talent is Pearcy, as evidenced by 3 Arcade releases & many other projects.
Overall, not a bad read, worth the kindle price. But be known this book is 50% truth, 10% out right lies, and 20% each assigned to revisionist history (ala' Nikki Sixx in 'The Dirt') & self ego masturbation.