There’s been a shakeup at Team RATT’s headquarters with front man Stephen Pearcy stepping down. In a public statement last week Pearcy said he’s exiting the band because of the constant turmoil and personal attacks. Responding to the news, RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer says that the band is bigger than the sum of the parts. Not sure what he means by that. For some bands, it’s all members or none. Apparently for others it’s whoever’s allowed in the band for whatever reason … hey it’s business. The latter is much more prevalent. The former is damn near a rarity. As for RATT, Blotzer mentions the back and forth Pearcy had since he returned to the band in ’07. Meanwhile Pearcy says he’s open to making another album with the band as they’re contractually obligated. Wait … that’s like not in line with quitting the band. Gotta love the rock star drama. What a mess.
Detroit area festival
Plan on being in the Detroit area later this year? You may be around for Chill on the Hill September 6th and 7th. The two day festival at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights will feature Bad Religion, A Day to Remember, Chevelle, AWOLNATION, Rise Against and The Offspring. The Offspring will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Smash album this year and that means performances of some of those classic tunes. Tickets for the two day event go on sale May 2nd. Presale begins Wednesday. Details at ChillOnTheHillFestival.com.
New Manson on TV
Waiting for some new Marilyn Manson? Well, while he puts together new music for an album, be sure to check out the intro for WGN’s latest series dubbed Salem. The opening sequence features some really eerie fonts with grainy footage of a variety of creepy things and Manson singing something about pounding the which drums. If you caught the debut last night, surely you saw the opening title sequence. Manson says the song is the latest song he finished for a new album.
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