Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer has announced he's closing down his Facebook.com account following bandmate Stephen Pearcy's decision to quit the group - because he's sick of reading vitriol from fans of his former frontman. Founding member Pearcy issued a statement on Thursday (24Apr14), claiming the band's "inner turmoil" had driven him away after 30 years, and Blotzer, who is battling health woes after neck surgery in 2013, admits he and the existing Ratt line-up have been bombarded with attacks on social media.
The drummer says, "It's time to shut the f**k up... We, the four other guys in this band, did nothing to merit this whole behaviour from Stephen."
But Blotzer is happy to accept that comments he made on Facebook about Pearcy earlier this month (Apr14) may have helped the singer make his exit decision, and he now feels bad about airing the group's "dirty laundry" in public.
He posted a comment on a picture uploaded by U.S. reality TV villain 'Evel Dick' Donato, which featured the Big Brother winner sporting cuts and bruises on his face. It read: "Why can't this happen to my singer?"
The drummer says, "I feel bad that I might have put a dividing line out here, and for that I'm feeling bad about it, and to a certain level feel the need to apologise... 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."
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy has quit the rock group after 30 years - and it appears his departure is far from amicable. The group co-founder has released a statement about his decision, insisting he is "officially done" with "having anything to do" with his now-former bandmates.
Stating, "It's time that I personally part ways with the band," Pearcy adds he has had enough of "the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum, and most of all, the disrespect to the fans".
He continues, "I'm very content and proud of the legacy and the music I’ve created. This music will live well beyond any of our lifetimes. I owe no one anything but a huge heartfelt thank you for coming to the party for the last 30 years.
"With much respect, life goes on and the music I created will continue to be heard for years to come despite the dark clouds that have lingered for far too long... See you out there."
The news comes weeks after Ratt pulled the plug on their planned appearance on the Monsters Of Rock cruise following the death of Pearcy's sister.
It's not the first time the singer has quit the group - he left briefly in 1992 and 2000, but has been a constant figure in the line-up since 2006.
Pearcy formed the group with the late Robben Crosby in the early 1980s.
Glam rockers Ratt have put their plans on hold following the death of frontman Stephen Pearcy's sister. The band was due to appear on the Monsters Of Rock cruise, which sails from Florida on 29 March (14), but they have now pulled out following the singer's tragic news.
A statement from the group reads, "We are deeply saddened to report that Stephen Pearcy's sister has passed away. Due to this sudden and unexpected news, RATT will not be performing on the Monsters Of Rock cruise. We would like to thank all our loyal fans for their continued support and understanding. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stephen and his family. We ask that you kindly respect Stephen's privacy during this difficult time."
The news is a double blow for the band after their drummer Bobby Blotzer previously pulled out of the cruise due to ongoing health troubles. The rocker has failed to recover fully from an operation on his neck in October (13).
It was the trickle of pee heard around the world. Cannes attendees were aghast and/or amused an infamous scene from The Paperboy that shows Nicole Kidman urinating on Zac Efron; this is apparently a great salve for jellyfish burns which were covering our Ken Doll-like protagonist. (In fact the term protagonist should be used very loosely for Efron's character Jack who is mostly acted upon than active throughout.)
Lurid! Sexy! Perverse! Trashy! Whether or not it's actually effective is overshadowed by all the hubbub that's attached itself to the movie for better or worse. In fact the movie is all of these things — but that's actually not a compliment. What could have become somethingmemorable is jaw-droppingly bad (when it's not hilarious). Director Lee Daniels uses a few different visual styles throughout from a stark black and white palette for a crime scene recreation at the beginning to a '70s porno aesthetic that oscillates between psychedelic and straight-up sweaty with an emphasis on Efron's tighty-whiteys. This only enhances the sloppiness of the script which uses lines like narrator/housekeeper/nanny Anita's (Macy Gray) "You ain't tired enough to be retired " to conjure up the down-home wisdom of the South. Despite Gray's musical talents she is not a good choice for a narrator or an actor for that matter. In a way — insofar as they're perhaps the only female characters given a chunk of screen time — her foil is Charlotte Bless Nicole Kidman's character. Anita is the mother figure who wears as we see in an early scene control-top pantyhose whereas Charlotte is all clam diggers and Barbie doll make-up. Or as Anita puts it "an oversexed Barbie doll."
The slapdash plot is that Jack's older brother Ward (Matthew McConaughey) comes back to town with his colleague Yardley (David Oyelowo) to investigate the case of a death row criminal named Hillary Van Wetter. Yardley is black and British which seems to confuse many of the people he meets in this backwoods town. Hillary (John Cusack) hidden under a mop of greasy black hair) is a slack-jawed yokel who could care less if he's going to be killed for a crime he might or might not have committed. He is way more interested in his bride-to-be Charlotte who has fallen in love with him through letters — this is her thing apparently writing letters and falling in love with inmates — and has rushed to help Ward and Yardley free her man. In the meantime we're subjected to at least one simulated sex scene that will haunt your dreams forever. Besides Hillary's shortcomings as a character that could rustle up any sort of empathy the case itself is so boring it begs the question why a respected journalist would be interested enough to pursue it.
The rest of the movie is filled with longing an attempt to place any the story in some sort of social context via class and race even more Zac Efron's underwear sexual violence alligator innards swamp people in comically ramshackle homes and a glimpse of one glistening McConaughey 'tock. Harmony Korine called and he wants his Gummo back.
It's probably tantalizing for this cast to take on "serious" "edgy" work by an Oscar-nominated director. Cusack ditched his boombox blasting "In Your Eyes" long ago and Efron's been trying to shed his squeaky clean image for so long that he finally dropped a condom on the red carpet for The Lorax so we'd know he's not smooth like a Ken doll despite how he was filmed by Daniels. On the other hand Nicole Kidman has been making interesting and varied career choices for years so it's confounding why she'd be interested in a one-dimensional character like Charlotte. McConaughey's on a roll and like the rest of the cast he's got plenty of interesting projects worth watching so this probably won't slow him down. Even Daniels is already shooting a new film The Butler as we can see from Oprah's dazzling Instagram feed. It's as if they all want to put The Paperboy behind them as soon as possible. It's hard to blame them.