Darrell P. Finley

Meri Ballou
(contributing editor/wrier)




VIDEO PREMIRE: SIXX:A.M.'s 'We Will Not Go Quietly':

    "We Will Not Go Quietly", the new video from SIXX:A.M. — the band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx alongside guitarist DJ Ashba and vocalist James Michael — can be seen below. The song is taken from SIXX:A.M.'s new album, 'Vol. 2, Prayers For The Blessed', which will be released on November 18 via Eleven Seven Music. Written and recorded at the same time as 'Vol. 1, Prayers For The Damned', released earlier this year, the album acts as a companion piece to the first chapter while simultaneously elevating the band's sound in every area.
    Directed by Wayne Isham (Metallica, Avenged Sevenfold, Five Finger Death Punch), the "We Will Not Go Quietly" clip was filmed last month during SIXX:A.M.'s show in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and it offers viewers a "show day in the life of" the band, in addition to their powerful onstage energy. "We Will Not Go Quietly" can also be heard as the theme song of A&E's "Gangland Undercover", which begins airing December 2 (check your local listings).
    ""We Will Not Go Quietly" takes the call-to-action spirit of 'Rise' [from 'Vol. 1 Prayers For The Damned'] to a whole new level," says Michael. "It reflects the raw passion with which mankind fights as some of our most basic human rights are being threatened. We are excited to share the song and video with everyone and hope that it inspires people to continue to strive to make the world a better place."
    From "We Will Not Go Quietly" to the operatic show stopper "Maybe It's Time" and groove-driven, radio-ready rocker "That's Gonna Leave A Scar", "Prayers For The Blessed" displays the many sides of SIXX:A.M.'s sound, something that the band was able to develop by ramping up the amount of time they spent out on the road.



    Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper and drummer Steve Riley reunited for their first joint performance in more than thirty years as the guests of SIN CITY SINNERS ALL STARS on October 13 at Count's Vamp'd Rock Bar & Grill in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Riley and Piper joined bassist Scotty Griffin (L.A. GUNS), singer Andrew Freeman (LAST IN LINE) and guitarist Rowan Robertson (DIO) for a seven-song set that consisted of five W.A.S.P. classics and two L.A. GUNS tunes.
The following songs were performed:
"Wild Child"
"I Wanna Be Somebody"
"Animal (F**k Like A Beast)"
"Sex Action"
"Never Enough"
"I Don't Need No Doctor"
"Blind In Texas"
    Riley said last week that he was interested in reuniting W.A.S.P.'s classic lineup with Piper, Blackie Lawless and Chris Holmes. He said: "A lot of bands have gotten back together and had reunions. The original W.A.S.P., we have never gotten back together. I'm talking about the four guys who were on the first couple of albums. Blackie has always had good technical players with him, but we had four personalities in that first lineup of W.A.S.P. It was not only great players, but we had personal things going on, too, where each guy was controlling a section of the stage."
    "If it was up to me, I would love to see, even in a limited edition, a W.A.S.P. reunion where all four of us got together. Even if it was limited, that's what a lot of bands are doing; they're doing their regular gigs, then specialty gigs on the side. Even if it turns into something like that, I'm totally down."
    Asked if he has been in touch with Blackie at all, Riley said: "I haven't talked to him for about five years. The last time I talked to him was when W.A.S.P. and L.A. GUNS went on a tour together in the U.S. It was a lot of fun seeing him. We put everything aside. We had so much fun, the four of us in those three or four years."
    He continued: "What's really promising is that Randy has been in touch with him [Blackie]. Those two… they had a pretty bad falling out when Randy was let go. I'm glad to hear that they're talking and they're friends again. I'm still friends with Blackie, Chris and Randy. If they're talking, it raises the possibility that we could do some dates. I'm not saying it's done. I'm just saying with open communication, it's really promising to see."
    Riley was optimistic that a W.A.S.P. reunion could see the light of day in the not-too-distant future. "The good thing about it is that we're all still alive," he said. "Everybody has stayed active musically, so it's not like picking somebody out of the mothballs. Everybody's been playing a lot, so this is maybe the first salvo with me and Randy playing some shows and doing the old W.A.S.P. material. I hope it leads to something, even a limited thing like what DOKKEN is doing, it would be great and I'd be all in."



    Video footage of former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy performing on September 30 at Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California can be seen below.
    As previously reported, three members of RATT's classic lineup —Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini — peformed as the "surprise band" on October 1 on the Monsters Of Rock Cruise West, also known as Monsterwood. Joining them on stage at the event were former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT's last studio album, 2010's "Infestation", and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, White Lion and Megadeth, among others.

    The as-yet-unnamed band notably doesn't feature drummer Bobby Blotzer has been touring the U.S. for the last year with his own version of RATT, featuring a rotating cast of musicians, including vocalist Josh Alan (ex-SIN CITY SINNERS).
    DeMartini filed a lawsuit against Blotzer last year, claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his "tribute band" as the real thing. That dispute is still pending in California state court.
    Blotzer and DeMartini are the only remaining shareholders in WBS, Inc., the company which manages the business and operations related to RATT.
    Speculation about Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini forming their own version of RATT to rival Blotzer's gained traction in August after they were photographed hanging out together at a Los Angeles birthday party. Bobby later dismissed the idea, telling Trunk in an interview: "Well, it's absurd. It ain't gonna happen. Warren can't do that. If Warren was to join up in that thing, he would be in competition with his own band and corporation — RATT, WBS… RATT. He would be kicked out on his rear end so quick… They'd have to call it something else; they couldn't call it anything but something else."
    Two months ago, Pearcy told Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon that he was still friends with DeMartini and Croucier, adding that "Warren and I actually got together and wrote a song a while back, which is phenomenal… Who knows what will happen soon enough? We're just waiting for some dust to settle. I really can't say anything right now, but if the public has any positive message, it's being heard."



    Fan-filmed video footage of Bobby Blotzer's RATT performing on October 12 at Proof Rooftop Lounge in Houston, Texas can be seen below.
    Blotzer's RATT recently announced the addition of Mitch Perry (TALAS, HEAVEN, STEELER, MSG, LITA FORD) and Stacey Blades (L.A. GUNS) on guitar and Brad Lang (Y&T) on bass. They joined the band as the replacements for Nicholas "Blaze" Baum, Michael "Doc" Ellis (Jizzy Pearl's LOVE/HATE) and Robbie Crane, who left Blotzer in early August.
    Asked why his version of RATT has already undergone so many lineup changes in the past year, Bobby told the SiriusXM satellite radio show "Eddie Trunk Live": "[It's] hard to say. I think it started way back when we first came from [Las] Vegas with those guys, and we had this very unsavory guy that kind of corralled them, in my opinion… Some of these guys are really young; the lead guitarist was really young and impressionable. And there was colluding going on, a lot of colluding, and there was a lot of politicking. And I don't wanna name any names, but there was things of that nature going on."
    He continued: "We've never had a fight in this band, we never have ever had an argument; we don't even disagree. So for me to find out, while we had a four-show run that started out in Louisville, then Cincinnati, then Wabash, Indiana, and then finishing the week in Detroit, I find out after the Cincinnati show that the lead guitar player is quitting; he's joining a country band and he's just out. And I'm, like, 'Ooookay.' And in the next week coming up, obviously, there [were] some giant shows…. I had to scramble, with a two-day notice, to either get somebody — which I didn't know who it was gonna be… I was pretty freaked out that out of the blue this guy is just quitting without telling me. And we finished the shows and subsequently got Stacey. He learned the set, an eighteen-song set, in two days, and came out in front of 35,000 and ripped it up. And we had Todd Kerns, who was filling in for Robbie Crane. And we knew that Todd was only out there for those specific shows."
    "One of the guys in the band said from the get-go he doesn't wanna be on the road, even though he was having a great time. Even though I have texts from these guys saying, 'Thank you for bringing me aboard here,' and these are recent texts. And I respect a couple of these guys at this point. And when they're thanking me, I'm, like, 'Thank you for playing up there. You have helped build this thing, like we're building it right now. You're doing your job.' But the lead player split after Detroit. Stacey came in and did the gigs, like I said, and right now… I had so much e-mails and phone calls from guitar players and singers and bass players, it was insane. I'm, like, 'Fuck! How am I gonna get through all this?' So I just started thinking about personal friends. Mitch Perry and I go way back. Him and Sean McNabb and I had a band with Ralph from STEEL PANTHER back around '90, '92, something like that. So I called Mitch — great guitarist — and I said, 'Here's the deal.' And he's, like, 'Great! I'm in.' And then we were thinking, 'Okay. Bass player. Who? This person, that person.' And he came up with Brad Lang, who's a friend of his, and I had jammed with Brad at New Year's Eve in San Francisco for Phil Kennemore's memorial show that they did up there. And he's a great player and a great guy, he's got stage presence. And you know what? These guys are seasoned pros. I'll miss one of the guys that were in this band, but, you know, the knives that were just thrown into my back, dude, I'm just never gonna get over; they're never gonna stop bleeding."
    Blotzer defended his decision to go out on tour as RATT without any other original members of the band, explaining that fans just want to hear the music performed the way it was recorded on the group's albums.
    "No matter what, this band plays so good and does such great integrity to the music of RATT," he told ClassX Radio. "That's why everybody's been hired. The singer [Josh Alan] just blows Stephen Pearcy out of the water at this day and age. And frankly, [he sounds better than Stephen did] even when we started out."
    Blotzer is involved in a legal battle with Warren DeMartini over the rights to the RATT name, with the guitarist filing a lawsuit last fall claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his "tribute band" as the real thing. That dispute is still pending in California state court.

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