During an interview with SiriusXM DJ Eddie Trunk that aired yesterday (Thursday, June 14), guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB, KXM) revealed that he recently received an offer to play with RATT.
Asked whether the rumors are true that he was asked to join the current touring lineup of RATT — presumably alongside singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier for their upcoming shows without Warren DeMartini — George responded: “Mmm-hmm. We just couldn’t come to an agreement on it. They haven’t called me back. I’ve been staring at the phone. My wife’s like, ‘Honey, want to go to bed or eat something?’ I’m like, ‘I’m waiting for the RATT phone to ring.’ I’m good with it.”
Interestingly, DeMartini — who is apparently no longer a member of RATT — had a short stint with DOKKEN in the early 1990s when Lynch was out of the band. He returned to RATT in 1996.
RATT recently announced plans to move forward with Pearcy and Croucier and as as-yet-unrevealed lineup of other musicians. The group’s first show featuring its new lineup will take place in Mulvane, Kansas on July 7.
Back in March, it was reported by the Metal Sludge web site that DeMartini was fired by Pearcy and Croucier, with undisclosed sources telling the site that “serious issues” existed between the three members of RATT’s classic lineup. Fellow RATT guitarist Carlos Cavazo apparently confirmed the report a few days later, telling the site that he couldn’t see himself continuing with the band without DeMartini. “I can’t picture anyone else being there other than Warren,” Cavazo was quoted as saying.
RATT — featuring DeMartini, Pearcy and Croucier — played a number of shows last year after reforming in 2016 in the midst of a highly publicized legal battle with drummer Bobby Blotzer over the rights to the RATT name. They were joined at the gigs by Cavazo and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others.