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Ratt Live In San Francisco

By Perrin Wolfson, Pure Rock Patroller
Tuesday, March 12, 2002 @ 6:30 PM


Ratt Live at Pound SF, Februar

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Most articles and news items about Ratt these days normally deal with lawsuits, naming rights, or some sort of dispute or controversy. This review will let the music do the talking.

Ratt, featuring founding members Bobby Blotzer (drums) and Warren DeMartini (lead guitar), along with new additions Jizzy Pearl, ex-Love/Hate, (vocals), John Corabi, ex-Motley Crue/Union, (rhythm guitar), and Robbie Crane, ex-Vince Neil Band (bass) delighted a sold out audience at San Francisco’s newest hard-rock/heavy metal venue. Pound SF, located on the San Francisco waterfront, was packed hours before the show in anticipation of Ratt’s first bay area performance in quite some time. The band did not disappoint.

The band treated the audience to an energetic mix of their greatest hits. Jizzy’s voice complemented the nasty snarl of “Wanted Man” beautifully, and you would never have known he wasn’t the band’s original vocalist from the crowd’s reaction to his vocals on classics like “Lack of Communication,” ‘Back for More,” and “You’re in Love.” John, Warren, and Robbie all contributed backing vocals so the songs all had a big arena rock sound. Warren can still create guitar pyrotechnics like few guitarists of his generation, and Bobby, the laid back showman, is the heart and soul of the band’s sound. The band was clearly pleased with the crowd’s energetic response to set closers “Body Talk” and “Round and Round,” as they were shocked to see the frenzy result in a mosh pit and stage diving during the latter (clearly a first for a Ratt show, but very typical for the bay area).

On this night the music did the talking, and the verdict was clear. The “new” Ratt is definitely improved and ready to make their mark in the new millennium. This band still has a lot to give, and needs to get on a label and put some new music out there. A summer tour is planned, reportedly also to be featuring Warrant, LA Guns, and Slaughter. You can be sure that San Francisco will welcome the band back with open arms when they return.

Set List:

Chain Reaction
City to City
Wanted Man
I’m Insane
Way Cool Jr.
Shame, Shame, Shame
Lack of Communication
Slip of the Lip
The Morning After
Back for More
Nobody Rides For Free
Loving you is a Dirty Job
Lay it Down
You’re In Love
Body Talk
Round and Round



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