Warren DeMartini
American musician
Warren DeMartini
Warren Justin DeMartini, nicknamed Torch, is the lead guitarist for Ratt, a popular American band during the mid-to-late 1980s Los Angeles glam metal scene.
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Binky Philips: "Louder Than Hell -- The Definitive Oral History of Metal": Go Buy This... Please!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Heavy Metal is like farts. I only like my own." - The Who's John Entwistle, King of all bassists in Rock. "I really hate this kind of music. But, my God, it's fun to play" - Sara Lee, bassist of Gang of Four, Robert Fripp's League of Gentlemen, Thompson Twins, B-52s, at the end of her first (paid... the only way I could get her to come) rehearsal with me and my "Lives At Leeds" semi-metal CBGB band, The Planets. I never bought into Metal. Before we go any further, just so I don't lose every pissed off metalhead in my first sentence... No smug condescension here, okay. Not one syllable. Incredulity? Yes. Holier-than-thou? No. But, I've been playing guitar for 50 years next February. Fuck, I'm ancient! That informs my perspective (I know my shit). Ultimately, metal was/is too monochromatic for me, and, in general, the lyrical content left and leaves me cold. Hell, I hated when the mighty Led Zeppelin brought frickin' gnomes and druids and "The Evil One" into roc ...
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Photo Gallery: Guitar World Covers Through the Years — 1985 - Guitar World Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Sure, there were articles on Vivian Campbell, Lita Ford and Warren DeMartini, but aside from Edward Van Halen making his fourth cover appearance, the feature pieces stuck pretty close to blues and classic rock. It was also a remarkable year for Guitar
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Interview: Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) - Donewaiting
Google News - over 5 years
I've cooked Japanese food for Nuno Bettencourt and Warren DeMartini, I jammed with Zakk Wylde and changed my setlist when he commented that one of the songs was “one gay-assed motherfucking song”… (It was “The Kid's Are All Right” by The Who
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RATT starten mit den Arbeiten zum nächsten Album - BurnYourEars Webzine
Google News - over 5 years
Ich habe zwar mit Warren [DeMartini, RATT-Gitarrist] seit längerem nicht gesprochen. Wir haben eine Auszeit genommen und sind neulich in einem Geschäft ineinander gerannt und ich habe habe mich mit ihm über darüber unterhalten, sich wieder zu treffen
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RATT Is 'Starting To Discuss Who, What, Where, And When,' Says Singer STEPHEN ... - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
In a recent interview with Guitar International, Pearcy stated about RATT's plans for a new studio album, "I haven't spoken to Warren [DeMartini, RATT guitarist] in quite awhile. We had a break and I ran into him in a store the other day and we
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STEPHEN PEARCY On RATT: 'It's Time To Be Musicians And Friends Again' - July ... - Blabbermouth.net
Google News - over 5 years
I haven't spoken to Warren [DeMartini, RATT guitarist] in quite awhile. We had a break and I ran into him in a store the other day and we actually talked about getting together and starting the writing process. I told him I'd been writing RATT music,
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Dokken: "é frustrante se esquivar dos ataques de George" - Whiplash! RockSite
Google News - over 5 years
Cheguei a fazer um show com Warren DeMartini (também do Ratt) na guitarra. Achei que seria a formação definitiva, mas as gravadoras não mostraram muito interesse. Ficamos apenas eu e Mick. Cliff Bernstein, que empresariava o Def Leppard, havia escutado
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Sunday Old School: Ratt - Metal Underground
Google News - over 5 years
It was 1982 when the lineup of Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Robbin Crosby (guitar), Warren DeMartini (guitar), Juan Croucier (bass), and Bobby Blotzer (drums) came together. Their first recording was an EP, then released as the self titled Ratt LP
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Robbin Crosby, 42, a Guitarist With Heavy-Metal Group Ratt
NYTimes - over 14 years
Robbin Crosby, a guitarist in the heavy-metal rock band Ratt, died on Thursday of complications related to AIDS, his brother-in-law Bill Decker said. He was 42. ''Robbin had everything kids dream of growing up,'' Mr. Decker, of La Jolla, Calif., told The San Diego Union-Tribune. ''But then he started getting heavily into the drugs, and his marriage
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POP REVIEW; Ratt, Without the Big Hair
NYTimes - over 19 years
Surely one of the most ignored rock reunion tours is the one Ratt is grinding through, which arrived at Irving Plaza on Tuesday night. The group exemplified mid-80's Los Angeles hair-metal, the last bloom of unapologetic, mascara-and-earrings male swagger in pop. Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini, the band's singer and guitarist, made hits like
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Classical Music in Review
NYTimes - over 25 years
Without Frank Zappa The Ritz Frank Zappa was to have been the host of "Zappa's Universe," a four-night 50th-birthday tribute to this rock composer and sometime symphonist. But on Thursday, Mr. Zappa's family confirmed long-circulating reports that the musician was battling prostate cancer and said he was too ill to attend. Anyone familiar with Mr.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Warren DeMartini
    THIRTIES
  • 2003
    Age 38
    In 2003, DeMartini was hired to replace guitarist Doug Aldrich in the band Dio but after several rehearsals he decided to leave the band due to musical differences with band leader Ronnie James Dio.
    More Details Hide Details Ratt reformed again in 2007 and began a tour in the summer of that year. Over the years, DeMartini has cited many legendary guitarists or other musicians as his primary musical influences such as Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Robbin Crosby, Michael Schenker, Steve Lukather, Uli Roth, Joe Walsh, Jake E. Lee, Joe Perry, Frank Zappa, Tommy Bolin, Miles Davis, Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch and Randy Rhoads. DeMartini has often been praised for his technique and ability. Website Xtreme Musician labeled him as one of the most under-rated guitarists of his era. His playing often incorporates 4 note per string passages, which is still fairly unorthodox and some chromatic runs give DeMartini an almost jazz fusion sound for some solos. Along with that, his playing includes fast minor scales and wide vibrato. Warren uses finger vibrato, similar in style to George Lynch and Greg Howe. This technique features moving the finger/wrist rapidly back and forth along the length of the string to alter the pitch (like a violinist), as opposed to bending the string.
  • 1995
    Age 30
    After that, he released two solo projects; the EP, Surf's Up! in 1995, and his only full-length album to date, Crazy Enough To Sing To You in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Ratt re-united in 1996 and released two albums, Collage in July 1997, and a self-titled album in July 1999, which was a critical and commercial failure.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 29
    After Ratt broke up, DeMartini had a short stint with the band Dokken before briefly becoming a touring guitarist for hard rock band Whitesnake in 1994.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 16
    DeMartini replaced Jake E. Lee in the band in December 1981, who would eventually be hired by Ozzy Osbourne.
    More Details Hide Details DeMartini was at one point the roommate of Lee, and each greatly influenced the other's styles. DeMartini's lead guitar became one of Ratt's most recognizable aspects, and he would co-write several of the band's best known songs, including "Round and Round", "Lay It Down", "Dance", and "Way Cool Jr.". Ratt would ultimately become one of the top-selling and most popular glam metal acts of the decade, issuing four consecutive platinum albums and one EP in the 1980s before disbanding in February 1992.
    He graduated from high school in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details DeMartini began taking classes at a local college, but in the first semester was invited up to Los Angeles to join Mickey Ratt; the band that would eventually become the highly successful 1980s metal band, Ratt.
  • 1979
    Age 14
    By 1979, he played his first concert in front of a small crowd at San Diego's La Jolla High School.
    More Details Hide Details By this time he was emerging as one of the San Diego area's most talented and sought-after young guitar players. The first year he signed up, he won "Best New Guitar Player in San Diego" at Guitar Trader on Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
  • OTHER
  • 1963
    Age -2
    DeMartini was born on April 10, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of six children.
    More Details Hide Details The family later relocated to San Diego. He spent his early years in the suburb of River Forest, Illinois. He became interested in rock music due to the influence of his older brothers Bernard and James, whose band rehearsed in the family basement. DeMartini's grandmother was also a musician of note, playing piano accompaniment to silent movies in Preston, Minnesota. DeMartini's mother bought him a guitar at his request when he was seven years of age. As he struggled early on learning to play it, he became frustrated and smashed the instrument as he had seen Pete Townshend of The Who do onstage. His mother, angered, refused to buy a replacement. At age 15, he received enough money for Christmas to purchase a new electric guitar. He took lessons to learn basic guitar technique, learned quickly, and formed a band called The Plague. Later he formed another band known as Aircraft.
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