Live Photos and Gig Review Credit: © Robert Cavuoto
Ratt invaded the House of Blues in Anaheim CA on Thursday, January 23rd, during the NAMM convention (National Association of Music Merchants).
Ratt’s 90 minute set focused primarily on their mega hits from the 80s. They opened with a powerful version of “Wanted Man,” and their 15 song set included “Body Talk,” “Way Cool Jr.,” “Walkin the Dog,” and “You’re in Love”. Stand outs for the night were “Lack of Communication,” “Nobody Rides for Free” and “Round and Round” as the encore.
Stephen Pearcy, a premier frontman exuding charisma that hasn’t changed since their formation in 1980s. He still packs the vocal ability fans expect. At one point he told the crows that the band’s 30 year anniversary was coming up, “30 years and we still hate each other”. The crowd roared. Joking aside, he did tell us that the band is writing a follow-up CD to their 2010 release Infestation.
Warren DeMartini displayed some of his own swagger as he took the spot light for the band’s solos providing the rock star posturing with his snake skin Charvel. His bluesy solos were flawless and were played with sense furious that only he can pull off.
Juan Croucier added all the backing vocals that helped created Ratt’s original sound which had notably been missing since his departure. Highly energetic he put his bass through a series acrobats moves that only trained professionals should tackle like; “the over the shoulder spin”. It’s good to see him back!
Carlos Cavazo of Quiet Riot is a great addition to the band. He compliments Warren playing and his metal legacy ties nicely with the band. Carlos traded off licks with Warren using his Gibson Flying V and also supplied the tight rhythm allowing Warren to soar.
Missing a few dates is drummer Bobby Blotzer who is recovering from neck surgery. Filling in for him on these dates has Jimmy DeGrasso. Wishing him a speedy recovery!
I don’t know who was having more fun tonight, the band or the audience.