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Ratt/ Extreme

Venue: Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey
Date: 8/6/09
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

L.A. rockers Ratt climbed out of the Starland Ballroom’s cellar to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their multi platinum album “Out of the Cellar” playing it in its entirety. Original members Stephen Pearcy (vocals), guitarist Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer (drums), with current bassist Robbie Crane, are now joined by Carlos Cavazo (Quiet Riot) on second guitar who fits well into the family. Along with performing “Cellar” and getting to hear those great obscure tunes like ‘You're In Trouble’ and ‘The Mourning After’, their set also included the MTV video hits ‘Lay It Down’, ‘Your In Love’, ‘Way Cool Junior’, ‘Body Talk’, and ‘I Want A Woman’ complete with Warren and Carlos doing twin guitar harmonies.

Ratt are currently working on a new album to be released sometime in 2010.

Ratt Setlist:

Tell The World
I Want A Woman
Nobody Rides For Free
Lay It Down
You're In Love
Way Cool Jr.
Body Talk
Wanted Man
You're In Trouble
In Your Direction
She Wants Money
Lack Of Communication
Back For More
The Morning After
I'm Insane
Scene Of The Crime
Round And Round



This was my first time seeing Extreme and they completely blew me away! I always found them to be a unique group in the world of hard rock and heavy metal because their style was like a cross between George Clinton meets Van Halen. A little funky yet hard rockin. Reformed, and very re energized, they continue touring in support of their latest release ”Saudades De Rock”, tonight playing from it ‘Star’ and ‘Take Us Alive’.

Three fourths of the original lineup have returned; frontman Gar Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt on guitar, and Pat Badger on bass with newest addition Kevin Figueiredo on drums. Gary is a fireball of energy and never stops dancing around, Nuno plays all his crazy licks just as he recorded them and after ripping into ‘Play With Me’ (which is on Guitar Hero) he told all the young kids in the audience to stop playing the game and pick up real guitar. Pat and Kevin pounding on the low end keep an excellent punchy beat behind Gary and Nuno’s electric performances.

Looking forward to see them again! But next time, guys, maybe you can play ‘Kid Ego’ and ‘Little Girls’?

Extreme Setlist:

Decadence Dance
It ('s A Monster)
Rest In Peace
Am I Ever Gonna Change
Play With Me
More Than Words
Cupid's Dead
Take Us Alive
Hole Hearted
-Flight of the Bumble Bee- He Man Woman Hater tease.
Get The Funk Out/ Wanna Be Startin' Something (Michael Jackson Cover)



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