Ex-bassist Croucier insists Cavazo was only asked to join his former band to get at him – and it worked

Juan Croucier

Never say never: Juan Croucier

Former Ratt bassist Juan Croucier insists Carlos Cavazo was only invited to join his old band because his ex-colleagues were trying to get at him – and it worked.

Cavazo accepted an offer from Ratt’s Warren DeMartini to become the glam metal outfit’s second axeman, leaving Croucier’s outfit the Dirty Rats to do so.

Despite that, the bassist says he and Cavazo remain friends – although he can’t say the same for DeMartini.

Croucier, who helped define Ratt’s sound during his ten-year stint with them, tells Legendary Rock Interviews: “I never say never, because I can’t predict the future. But there have been some very nasty things said and done to me by my former bandmates in Ratt.

“It has destroyed the trust, bond and respect we once had among each other.

“Carlos was playing in my band for about a year and a half before Warren called him to ask him to join Ratt. I know for a fact that, although Carlos is a formidable guitar player, Warren called him because he was playing in my band.

“I took it personal – as intended. And it’s just an example of some of the bad things that have happened over the years that are pretty hard to ignore and just get over.

“But I consider Carlos a friend and I understand why he took the offer to join Ratt. He is a fine guitar player.”

Croucier says one of his former colleagues’ antics included inviting him to rejoin the band – while they were slating him in the press. Rumours suggesting he didn’t want to go back because he preferred spending time which his children are untrue, he adds.

“Okay, great example of one of the many attempts by them to transmogrify the truth,” he says. “I have had many offers to go back to Ratt and the main reason I have not gone back to the band is because we had a very problematic situation in the first place. Nothing had or has changed. We don’t get along, it’s not fun and things that should be easy are hard.”

He has no plans to read Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer’s tell-all autobiography, which caused acrimony in an already unsettled band on publication last year.

“I’ve known Bob since he and I were in middle school,” says the bassist. “We actually used to be really good friends before and during Ratt. I can only imagine what he said about me, but considering the source and our post-date relationship, I’m not in a big hurry to read it.”

Croucier insists he remains proud of the work he did with the band and the number and quality of acts who cite them as influences. He reflects: “I’m considering writing a book, but it’s a ‘dual edged sword,’ so we’ll see. It seems like a lot of people are writing books and putting out hot sauces these days.”

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