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Carlos Ramirez recently interviewed RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer for MetalSucks. Blotzer talks about his new autobiography Tales of a Ratt, the band's new album "Infestation," and the sometimes tenuous personal relationships between its members and the resulting problems in the band. Excerpts follow:

Blotzer: I’ve always been the kind of person that shows up on time and does my job. Some people that are in the band, or used to be, don’t treat Ratt with that type of respect. We have a great thing going with this new album and the public’s interest – but people take it for granted. I never have.

Ramirez: You talk about getting offers for weekend shows a few years back, and certain people in Ratt not wanting to do them.

Yeah, that was so annoying! Warren wouldn’t want to do them because he didn’t want to deal with a layover at some airport. That’s the kind of shit I deal with. He’s a rich kid, so he didn’t care about the cash as much.

You talked about getting resourceful, and going back to some of the things you did before you found fame. One of them was running your own carpet cleaning business.

Yeah, the ‘90s weren’t easy for bands like us. I had to do what I had to do. I brought in decent money doing that business. But I’d rather make my money playing music. I don’t get it when people in the band make it harder than it has to be. We went through a drawn-out lawsuit and it was such a waste of time and money. Like me, Stephen isn’t rich, so that makes it even harder to understand for me. All I ever wanted to do was just go out there and make money on the road. Warren doesn’t always have that urgency. He grew up with money. He’s a trust fund kid, but I’m not – so I have to figure out ways to make money.

Earlier in our call, you sounded very uneasy about Ratt’s current situation.

I just see some of the things that were problems coming up again. I don’t get it. I’m never not thinking about this band falling apart, because of the way Ratt operates. It’s not me, dude. It’s my 2 business partners. Even now with the album’s success, there are power struggles within the band. I just want to tell them, “Come on guys — let’s just go out there and kick ass!” But they make it more complicated.

All I have to say is that if everything falls apart again for us; I’ll just write an amendment to the book with all of this new shit. Hopefully people wake up, and get their shit together. I just want to go out there and play.

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