Further to RATT vocalist Stephen Pearcy's announcement earlier today that he was leaving the band, which can be read here, drummer Bobby Blotzer has issued his own statement:
"To our/my Ratt fans and friends... I will say to you guys, I am sorry that I brought you guys into our personal world and turbulation. I've been so personally driven to a breaking point with our band being held hostage every year, that I've kind of been snapping. I wish we were still all 4 together and doing business as great as we have been doing. Especially last year. This is why its so nonsensical to me to have this disruption in a business we've built for the last 33 years.
Reality sits at, Stephen and I have gotten along since his return in '07. Aside from the fact that he basically quits every year. It's been hard to deal with. I feel bad that I might have put a dividing line out here, and for that I'm feeling bad about and I to a certain level feel the need to apologise to YOU Guys. My words were true, but the words should have stayed in my mind. And again I state that, I was only kidding about this picture thing with Steve, dumb joke. You ever done that?
When this news popped today, my phone was blowing up all day while I was trying to enjoy an afternoon with friends and I just lost it. I was going to come home and tear into that release line by line. I read your thoughts and realized that it's time to shut the fk up. As hard as that feels because we, the 4 other guys in this band did nothing to merit this whole behavior from Stephen.
Thanks for understanding, you guys know I, we love you so much. Ratt is my life and I'll live and die fighting for the mothership. My facebook is going bye bye here soon. So, look to see what happens in a short time...
Ratt is bigger than the sum of the parts!"