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Happy birthday, Bobby Blotzer

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Bobby Blotzer (2009)

Bobby Blotzer (2009)

Happy birthday, Bobby Blotzer...
Born Robert John Blotzer on October 22 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, US, Bobby Blotzer is a drummer. He is mostly known as the drummer of Ratt.
He met his future bandmate Juan Croucier at Torrance High School in Torrance, California, where they both attended.
In 1981, he played and toured with bassist Tom Croucier (Juan's older brother) and guitarist Vic Vergeat for Vergeat's 1981 album Down to the Bone.
In 1982, Blotzer was recruited by Stephen Pearcy to replace Khurt Maier in Ratt (classic lineup: Stephen Pearcy (lead vocals), Warren DeMartini (lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals), Robbin Crosby (lead & rhythm guitars, backing vocals), Juan Croucier (bass, backing vocals), Bobby Blotzer (drums, percussion)).
In its first decade, Ratt released four platinium albums (Out of the Cellar (1984), Invasion of Your Privacy (1985), Dancing Undercover (1986), Reach for the Sky (1988)) and a gold album (Detonator (1990)).
In the early 90s, because of the rise of grunge, Ratt's popularity declined.
The band quitted in 1992.
During the five years prior to Ratt's reunion, Blotzer lived a "normal" life outside of the public eye.
In 1996, the band reunited but Juan Croucier didn't want to participate to the reunion and was remplaced by Robbie Crane. Also, Robbin Crosby was not physically able to perform with the band.
Pearcy quitted the band in 2000.
In 2002, Robbin Crosby died of AIDS related complications and heroin overdose. It was one of the most painful parts of Blotzer's life who was very close to him.
In 2006, with Jani Lane, Keri Kelli and Robbie Crane, Blotzer formed the supergroup Saints of the Underground.
In 2007, Pearcy reunited with Ratt again (lineup: Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Warren DeMartini (guitar, backing vocals), John Corabi (guitar, backing vocals), Robbie Crane (bass, backing vocals) and Bobby Blotzer (drums, percussion)).
In 2008, Saints of the Underground released its first album, Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner.
In 2010, Blotzer released his autobiography, Tales of A Ratt - Things You Shouldn't Know.
In September 2012, it was said that he would join Geoff Tate's lineup formed after his dismissal from Queensrÿch, but on January 25 2013, Blotzer left and returned playing with Ratt.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Bobby Blotzer!

Bobby Blotzer - RATT (Monte Carlo Resort)

Bobby Blotzer - RATT (Monte Carlo Resort)

Bobby Blotzer (2010)

Bobby Blotzer (2010)

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Bobby Blotzer ...
Né Robert John Blotzer le 22 octobre 1958 à Pittsburgh, Pennsylvanie, US, Bobby Blotzer est un batteur. Il est plus connu en tant que batteur du groupe Ratt.
Il rencontre son future camarade de groupe Juan Croucier à la Torrance High School à Torrance, Calfornie où ils sont tous deux scolarisés.
En 1981, il joue et fait une tournée avec le bassiste Tom Croucier (grand frère de Juan) et le guitariste Vic Vergeat pour l'abum de Vergeat Down to the Bone, sorti en 1981.
En 1982, Blotzer est recruté par Stephen Pearcy pour remplacer Khurt Maier dans Ratt (lineup classique : Stephen Pearcy (chant), Warren DeMartini (lead guitare et guitare rythmique, choeur), Robbin Crosby (lead guitare et guitare rythmique, choeur), Juan Croucier (basse, choeur), Bobby Blotzer (batterie, percussion)).
Durant sa première décénie, Ratt sort quatre albums disques de platine (Out of the Cellar (1984), Invasion of Your Privacy (1985), Dancing Undercover (1986), Reach for the Sky (1988)) et un album disque d'or (Detonator (1990)).
Dans les années 90, à cause de la montée du grunge, la popularité de Ratt diminue.
Le groupe se sépare en 1992.
Durant les cinq années précédants la réunion de Ratt, Blotzer mène une vie "normale" loin des caméras.
En 1996, le groupe se réunit mais Juan Croucier ne veut pas se joindre à la réunion et est remplacé par Robbie Crane. De plus, Robbin Crosby est jugé physiquement incapable de participer à la réunion.
Pearcy quitte le groupe en 2000.
En 2002, Robbin Crosby meurt de complications dues au sida et d'une overdose d'héroine. C'est une des périodes les plus douloureuses de la vie de Blotzer qui était très proche de lui.
En 2006, avec Jani Lane, Keri Kelli et Robbie Crane, Blotzer forme le supergroupe Saints of the Underground.
En 2007, Pearcy se réunit avec Ratt à nouveau (lineup : Stephen Pearcy (chant), Warren DeMartini (guitare, choeur), John Corabi (guitare, choeur), Robbie Crane (basse, choeur) et Bobby Blotzer (batterie, percussion)).
En 2008, Saints of the Underground sort son premier album, Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner.
En 2010, Blotzer sort son autobiographie, Tales of A Ratt - Things You Shouldn't Know.
En septembre 2012, il est dit qu'il va se joindre au lineup formé par Geoff Tate après son départ de Queensrÿch mais le 25 janvier 2013, Blotzer les quitte pour retourner jouer avec Ratt.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Bobby Blotzer !]

Bobby Blotzer of RATT (2009) - Photo Credit: handout

Bobby Blotzer of RATT (2009) - Photo Credit: handout

Bobby Blotzer - Ratt and Poison in concert at the palms in Las Vegas

Bobby Blotzer - Ratt and Poison in concert at the palms in Las Vegas

Bobby Blotzer - Ratt and Poison in concert at the palms in Las Vegas

Bobby Blotzer - Ratt and Poison in concert at the palms in Las Vegas

Bobby Blotzer

Bobby Blotzer

Bobby Blotzer & Stephen Pearcy (RATT)

Bobby Blotzer & Stephen Pearcy (RATT)

Bobby Blotzer and Tommy Lee

Bobby Blotzer and Tommy Lee

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