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August 15, 2013

Having overcome excess, addiction and in-fighting, RATT reclaims definitive sound

Having overcome excess, addiction and in-fighting, RATT reclaims definitive sound

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In the ensuing years, dual versions of RATT toured the country while courts settled proper ownership of the name.

Following a series of lawsuits and several years to salve bitter feelings, band members slowly began returning to the table in the early 2000s. By 2010, the band was cohesive enough to release "Infestation," which was lauded by critics as a return to the band's successful formula of the 1980s. And though Blotzer admits the forthcoming release has not been as punctual as originally planned, he said band members have taken a few lessons from their struggles.

"It's a matter of giving everybody a little leeway," he said. "People have to check their egos at the door."

As for Blotzer, he said he's adopted a workman-like mentality toward the band.

Derived in part from his own upbringing in a working-class neighborhood in Pittsburgh and an innate entrepreneurial sense — in addition to self-publishing his biography, he and RATT have also branded lines of wine, cheese, sauces and salsa — Blotzer said his attitude has allowed him to overcome any of his own personal resentments.

"I tell those guys: 'I expect you to do the best job you can out there because you can expect that from me,'" Blotzer said. "We don't need to be giving each other any stink-eyes on stage."

If You Go What RATT concert, with Sebastian Bach, Dokken, and Lita Ford When Doors open at 5 p.m. today, music begins at 6 p.m. Where Vetter Stone Amphitheater at Riverfront Park Tickets $35. Purchase at the Verizon Wireless Center Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Charge by phone at 800-745-3000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

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