RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer called KNAC.COM's Diana Deville from Birmingham, Alabama on Saturday, June 16 from the POISON tour. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
On how they go about picking the setlist:
"That is an excellent question, because you have five guys who have completely different ideas about what should get into the set. Of course you have to play the hits, and then we vote on it and our management breaks the tie, if there is one."
On touring with POISON:
"We always have a great time with those guys. I've stayed in touch with them...I live about four miles from Rikki [Rockett] and I always see him at the grocery store...We took POISON out in 1987 when they were first breaking out, and we've had a blast with them ever since. We love touring with them, and we get along great."
On Stephen Pearcy's return to the band, replacing Jizzy Pearl, who was in the band for seven years:
"Jizzy was great, and we had a lot of fun with him, but it was just time to come full circle. We're very happy to have Stephen back in the band, and things are going great. He's stepping up to the plate, singing great, and we're very happy with the way the shows are going."
On what it took to bring the three of them back together again:
"I don't want to touch too deeply on that, but it took a LOT, and many times our new management (Sanctuary) acted as a buffer between us. There was a lot of clearing the air, and clearing up misunderstandings to make it work."
"This isn't just a matter of going out, doing the tour, grabbing the money and then walking away. We are in this for the long haul."
On bassist Juan Croucier's non-participation in the reunion:
"We talked and talked and we really wanted it to happen, but Juan was on a different page and it didn't work out. We've had Robbie (Crane, current bassist) in the band for over ten years now, and we love playing with him as well."
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