(New York, NY) – Celebrated rock pioneers RATT and EXTREME have teamed up to bring you this summer’s most rockin’ tour lineup. The tour, which will feature sets from both bands with Ratt closing kicks off on July 12 in Amarillo, TX and runs through August 7th in Hampton Beach, NH. It will cross the U.S. and cover 16 markets, with more to be announced soon. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of their landmark debut Out Of The Cellar, RATT will be playing the album in its entirety.
Both bands are excited about the double bill. “Warren DeMartini and Nuno Bettencourt on same stage, same night?? ‘Nuff said, we’ll see you there!” says RATT’s Bobby Blotzer. EXTREME’s Nuno Bettencourt concurs, “One hot summer night. Two bands fully loaded with musicianship. Mix in one part memorable songwriting. Add nine ounces of passionate performers. Throw in three well respected guitarists. Add a touch of West Coast raunch and a hint of East Coast funk. And you get yourself a recipe for one night of unforgettable rock and roll.”
Ratt is currently in the studio recording its first new record in over 10 years with famed producer Elvis Baskette (credits). The band announced its new partnership with Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records earlier this year. The album is planned for release this fall.
EXTREME recently released their first new album in thirteen years Saudades de Rock (pronounced “sow-dodge”) which is a groundbreaking record that reaffirms the beloved, Boston-bred foursome’s stature as innovators in the world of rock & roll.
Over the past two years, RATT has toured the world in support of their releases Tell The World – The Very Best Of Ratt and their first ever DVD, Videos from the Cellar- The Atlantic Years. During this time, the current lineup of Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer, Robbie Crane and Carlos Cavazo played shows in Australia, Colombia and Peru for the first time in their careers. Their mega-hit “Round and Round” was prominently featured in the Oscar nominated 2008 film The Wrestler, and the band will be headlining ROCKLAHOMA this July.
One of the most popular rock acts of the past 20 years, RATT’s brand of guitar-driven melodic rock helped shape the LA metal scene. The band boasts a deep catalog of hits including smashes like “Round and Round,” “Lay It Down,” “You’re In Love,” “Lack of Communication” and “Wanted Man” which are beloved by fans the world over. The band has gone on to sell millions of albums worldwide. With 1984′s mega-platinum debut Out of the Cellar celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the band is looking forward to starting a new chapter with new music to complement the impressive legacy they have established over two-plus decades.
To date, the Grammy-nominated EXTREME have released five albums, plus a greatest hits set-selling over 10 million records worldwide. They also achieved a #1 hit single, “More Than Words”-from their 1990 multi-platinum album Extreme II: Pornograffitti-on the Billboard Hot 100, which they followed with the Top Five “Hole Hearted.” Although these two acoustic hits brought the band great mainstream success, the band’s trademark sound has always been more a mix of hard rock funk-fueled by guitar virtuoso Nuno Bettencourt’s signature style, Gary Cherone’s resonant vocals and socially conscious lyrics, Pat Badger’s rock solid bass, and the hard hitting Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Extreme has recently been introduced to an entire new generation of fans with the inclusion of their song “Play With Me” in the popular video game Guitar Hero as well as “More Than Words” featured in hit movies Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Love Guru.
Tour dates are as follows:
Sun – 7/12/2009 – Amarillo, TX – Midnight Rodeo
Mon – 7/13/2009 – San Antonio,TX – Scout Bar
Tue – 7/14/2009 – Odessa, TX – Dos Amigos
Thu – 7/16/2009 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
Fri – 7/17/2009 – Los Angeles,CA – Wiltern Theater
Sat – 7/18/2009 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
Sun – 7/19/2009 – Anaheim, CA – Grove
Wed – 7/22/2009 – Denver, CO – Ogdon Theater
Thu – 7/23/2009 – Kansas City – Crossroads
Fri – 7/24/2009 – Chicago – HOB on sale 6/6
Sun – 7/26/2009 – Cheswick, PA – Ches-a-rena
Tue – 7/28/2009 – New York, NY – Nokia Theater
Thu – 7/30/2009 – Westbury, NY – Westbury Theater
Sun – 8/2/2009 – Allentown, PA – Crock Rock Festival
Wed – 8/5/2009 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx***
Thu – 8/6/2009 – Sayerville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Fri – 8/7/2009 – HamptonBch,NH – Hampton Beach Casino
*** Extreme only