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Bobby Blotzer's Ratt / Rock Goddess / Airrace - O2 Academy, Islington (UK) - 13 November 2016

Airrace (no longer with Jason Bonham) kicked off proceedings and were a worthy opener. They play great Melodic Rock in an FM mould with a lovely warm toned guitar, a lady on keyboards and a vocalist with an arena quality voice, Airrace are a very tasty starter that hail from Britain but with an American AOR style. They deserve better recognition for what they do.

Onto the incomparable Rock Goddess, full of spit and fury, vocalist Jody made short work of an American who was shouting "show us your tits" as they came on and he got quiet real quick as he no doubt valued his nads. Not to be messed with, these girls have been there and done that and, like Girlschool, ask you to make no compromises for their gender. They will kick you in the face, play like the boys and require no special treatment.


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Successors to Suzy Quattro and The Runaways but more streetwise with the benefit of the lessons of those forerunners, they play a mixture of old and new, including very early track 'Make My Night' from a compilation record. Attitude in spades, they kick arse like a boss.

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Last up were Bobby Blotzer's Ratt and they get a great reception minus Stephen Pearcy, the crowd agreeing with Blotzer when he asks them if they just wanna hear some "Ratt 'n' Roll". Stacy Blades from LA Guns and smiley Brad Lang from Y&T are savvy celeb additions to the ranks and new singer Josh Alan makes a great fist of all the Ratt material with the band playing all the old favourites. The singer does admit that he was only aged one when 'Invasion Of Your Privacy' came out and if we have a complaint it's that he doesn't look sleazy enough to be the singer of Ratt, lacking that six in the bed used hooker look. We want to send him to a bordello for six weeks, rub mud on him and rip holes in his t-shirt and jeans, but other than that he did a good job. They do a great version of 'Lay It Down', 'You're In Love' and 'You Should Know' while there is also some theatrics by way of a guitar duel and novel technique. This version of the band also do better versions of some of the less melodic Ratt songs like 'Lack Of Communication' and 'Slip Of The Lip' than previous incarnations of Ratt we have seen. No it's not the original Ratt but hey you knew that before you went.

Dawn Osborne


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