Ratt Cancels Cruise Appearance After Frontman's Sister Dies

Ratt has cancelled their upcoming appearance on the Monsters of Rock cruise following the death of frontman Stephen Pearcy's sister.

"We are deeply saddened to report that Stephen's sister has passed away," the band said in an official statement. "Due to this sudden and unexpected news, Ratt will not be performing on Monsters Of Rock. We would like to thank our loyal fans for their support and understanding. We ask that you kindly respect Stephen's privacy during this difficult time."

Ratt had already announced that they would be replacing Bobby Blotzer for the show as he continues recovery from neck surgery in October. Blotzer was scheduled to be replaced on the cruise by Jimmy DeGrasso, the former Megadeth drummer who earlier filled in on a trio of January concerts with Ratt.

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