What Got You Hooked On Ratt?
April 07, 2010 5:39:03 AM UTC Post #1

For me hearing Out Of The Cellar was the hook, as I was playing guitar at the time. I thought Warren was and still is an amazing player! Torch is a very versatile guitar player, from shredding to playing the blues. I have seen them numerous times in the 80's and in 2000, now as recently at the HOB in 2009 for their 25th anniversary show with Extreme, when they played the whole OOTC album. 20+ years later I am still in love with the band!


April 07, 2010 7:50:26 PM UTC Post #1

We're probably about the same age, because I also became a Ratt fan when "Out of the Cellar" came out.

I'd been playing guitar for about a year or two at the time (I started playing in 1982) and had mainly been learning the typical stuff like AC/DC, Def Leppard, ZZ Top and whatever else my instructor threw my way. When I saw the video for "Round and Round," all of that went out the window. I simply thought it was the coolest thing I'd ever heard. I can remember literally stopping in my tracks when I walked past the television and thinking, "Oh ... my ... gosh." I'd never heard anything like it.

From that point on, I was a disciple of Warren DeMartini. He had the best guitar tone, style and feel of ANY guitar player in the 1980s and hopefully "Infestation" will remind the world of that. Yes, there were flashier players, faster players and so forth, but to me, all of Warren's qualities -- when combined -- made him the best of the bunch. I had the privilege of meeting and speaking with him for an extended period of time several years ago, and he was so kind, appreciative and humble. He's not just a great guitarist; he's a great person.

April 07, 2010 8:20:36 PM UTC Post #2

Warren falling through the ceiling on the Round and Round video on MTV.

April 07, 2010 11:37:48 PM UTC Post #3

=Cawster said:Warren falling through the ceiling on the Round and Round video on MTV.
And that was done in one take....

April 07, 2010 11:50:11 PM UTC Post #4

@Guitarist est. 1971: Hi! UM, I was still in high school......LOL! Anyways yes, there were and still are a lot of great guitar players out there....I was more like a 3 chord player..with a few leads thrown in.... I remember when MTV played Round and Round like every hour, and I saw Ratt many times as an opening band, to a headliner. I did meet Warren briefly last year at the HOB, as he was going in for an interview....I was so stunned when my friend gave me a look and nodded her head, that I couldn't do much more than introduce myself, shake his hand and say have a great show...and ran away.....LOL! Here is the interview Warren did http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmplIfH9BhM

April 08, 2010 9:04:53 AM UTC Post #5

That when you begin you can't stop!

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April 08, 2010 2:29:08 PM UTC Post #6

Two words: Stephen Pearcy.

OK: I was a 12 year old girl when I first saw Round and Round on MTV. I was hooked!!! (Still am!)

Of course, I love the music also. The lyrics and the energy were and are great. There were lots of good looking and sexy '80s rockers (though few as hot as SEP!), so that's not enough to keep me hooked for 25+ years! But as to what first got me hooked on RATT, well, that was Stephen!

April 08, 2010 4:59:31 PM UTC Post #7

I first heard Round and Round senior year in high school. Once I heard the song I was hooked!

Ratt music has everything and that is why their music lives on!
Vocals - I love Stephen's raspy vocals. I have all of his solo and other projects also.
Catchy Songs and Lyrics
Screamin' Guitars
Drums - Even someone with no rhythm can find the beat.

In high school none of my friends liked Ratt's music. I either had to get new friends or convert them. I thought I'd try converting them since we had been friends since 4th grade.

My secret weapon - My Car! I was the only one with a car in high school and I drove us everywhere. I took that opportunity to play Out of the Cellar and the EP in the car. They complained in the beginning but I succeeded in converting them all.

April 08, 2010 5:44:55 PM UTC Post #8

@Rock_Chick83:

=Rock_Chick83 said:@Guitarist est. 1971: Hi! UM, I was still in high school......LOL!


Something makes me think my photo makes me look old. LOL

I'm 38 years old and started playing guitar when I was 11. So, I was about 12, maybe 13, when "Out of the Cellar" came out.

I can't help the fact I went bald by the time I was 30!! LOL

April 08, 2010 6:01:53 PM UTC Post #9

@Rock_Chick83: I watched that same interview on You Tube a couple of weeks ago. Warren is very humble. He plays and looks like a rock star, but at the same time he's still down to earth and can relate to normal people. Despite all of the fame and accolades, he's never forgotten where he came from. He's an all-around great guy.

April 08, 2010 8:05:28 PM UTC Post #10

=Guitarist est. 1971 said:@Rock_Chick83: I watched that same interview on You Tube a couple of weeks ago. Warren is very humble. He plays and looks like a rock star, but at the same time he's still down to earth and can relate to normal people. Despite all of the fame and accolades, he's never forgotten where he came from. He's an all-around great guy.



My thoughts about Warren exactly! He could be one of those 'rock star' types but he's just a great guy who also happens to be my #3 favorite guitar player of all time and I'm not even a real musician. He's WAY COOL JUNIOR in my book since I'm about a year older than him as well.;-)

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