After months of pre-production, reactivated Los Angeles rockers RATT have just entered the studio to start recording their first studio release in 10 years. The CD is being produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette, whose credits include PUDDLE OF MUDD, CHEVELLE, SALIVA, LIMP BIZKIT, ALTER BRIDGE and THREE DAYS GRACE, to name a few.
Commented the group: "Bobby [Blotzer] kicked some serious ass on the drum tracks, they are done!
"Robert Crane is finishing up bass tracks as we write this tonight/today.
"The band is recording well into the early mornings.
"Warren [DeMartini] and Carlos [Cavazo] on guitars will start after the weekend shows.
"The band is tracking 12-14 new songs.
"Stephen [Pearcy, vocals] will start tracking lead vocals next week and backup vocals.
"The songs are just what you expect from RATT and what the band wants you to hear! The producer (Elvis) is doing a great job and giving the band 'the big rock sound!'
"The studio is class AAA and right on the beach; a good vibe and some serious ass-kickin' Ratt 'N' Roll is at hand here."
RATT will spend a month or so recording the new album in Mathews, Virginia — the first time the band has steped outside of Los Angeles to track a new CD in 20-plus years. A late 2009 release via Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records is expected.
RATT and EXTREME have teamed up to bring you this summer's most rockin' tour lineup. The tour, which will feature sets from both bands with RATT closing, kicks off on July 12 in Amarillo, Texas and runs through August 7 in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. It will cross the U.S. and cover 16 markets, with more to be announced soon. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their landmark debut "Out Of The Cellar", RATT will be playing the album in its entirety.
Over the past two years, RATT has toured the world in support of their releases "Tell The World - The Very Best Of Ratt" and their first-ever DVD, "Videos from the Cellar - The Atlantic Years". During this time, the current lineup of Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane and Carlos Cavazo played shows in Australia, Colombia and Peru for the first time in their careers.