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Encyclopedia > Warren DeMartini
Warren DeMartini posing with his signature "cross-swords" guitar.
Warren DeMartini posing with his signature "cross-swords" guitar.

Warren Justin DeMartini (born April 10, 1963), nicknamed Torch, is the lead guitarist for Ratt, a popular American band during the mid-to-late 1980s Los Angeles glam metal scene. DeMartini's blazing, legato-heavy guitar solos and custom-painted Charvel guitars helped him stand out in an era of Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen clones. Image File history File links Demartini. ... Image File history File links Demartini. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Lead guitar refers to a role within a popular music band, especially a rock band, that provides melody or melodic material, as opposed to the rhythm of the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums. ... Ratt is an American glam metal band that enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Yngwie J. Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck, June 30, 1963) is a guitarist from Sweden who achieved widespread acclaim in the 1980s due to his technical proficiency and fusion of classical music elements with heavy rock guitar. ...

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Early life

DeMartini was born on April 10, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois, as the youngest brother of five. April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ...


Because James, the third eldest brother, was playing in a band and his mother always played classical piano when DeMartini was young, and his grandmother played piano to the silent movies in Preston, Minnesota, it was inevitable that DeMartini became interested in rock music. Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ... A grand piano, with the lid up. ... This article needs copyediting (checking for proper English spelling, grammar, usage, tone, style, and voice). ...


When he was around seven years of age, his mother bought him a guitar, unfortunately he didn't know how to play it, and ended up smashing it just like Pete Townshend of The Who did on stage. Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London) is an English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer who is best known as the guitarist and principal songwriter for the rock band The Who. ... The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. ...


For many years after the incident, he never got a chance to have another guitar, but when he turned 15, he managed to buy one for himself with the money he got at Christmas, and he took some lessons to learn basic guitar techniques, and formed a band called The Plague. He later then joined another band called Aircraft.


In 1979, he played his first gig in front of a small crowd at La Jolla High School. As he played with other local bands, his name started to become known as a young talented guitar player in San Diego. He later graduated high school in 1981.


His best friend during school was Ralph "gay" Love, who later was part of the Beat Farmers, a rock group whose song "Tidal Wave" was included in the movie "Major League". The Beat Farmers were an alternative rock and country music band formed in San Diego, CA in August 1983, and enjoyed a cult following throughout the 1980s and early 1990s before the premature death of lead singer and drummer Country Dick Montana. ... Major League was a 1989 film written and directed by David S. Ward. ...


Ratt

Main article: Ratt

Some years later, DeMartini, who at that time was playing in a band called Enforcer, joined Mickey Ratt, which later became Ratt, to replace his friend, Jake E. Lee. DeMartini was at one point the roommate of Jake E. Lee, Ozzy Osbourne's second lead guitarist during his interminable solo career. DeMartini was rumored to have been approached by Ratt vocalist and longtime friend Stephen Pearcy, following Lee's invitation from Ozzy Osbourne to fill the lead guitar position after the tragic and untimely death of Randy Rhoads. One of the biggest influences on DeMartini's style was Eddie Van Halen. His ambient lead guitar tone and style was influenced by the first four Van Halen albums. With Ratt, DeMartini's technical style blended well with co-lead guitarist Robbin Crosby's more Hendrix-influenced playing. DeMartini also helped writing a couple of the band's biggest hits such as "Round and Round", "Lay It Down", "Body Talk", "Way Cool Jr." and "Shame Shame Shame". Ratt sold five consecutive platinum albums in the 1980's until the band's demise in 1992 since the early 1990's became the golden era of grunge music and marked the "crash and burn" of glam metal bands such as Ratt . Ratt is an American glam metal band that enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. ... Ratt is an American glam metal band that enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ozzy redirects here. ... Stephen Pearcy is the former lead singer of the 80s hair metal band Ratt. ... Randall William Randy Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an American heavy metal guitarist who is best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne. ... Edward Van Halen (born Eduard Lodewijk van Halen on January 26, 1955 [1] in Nijmegen, Netherlands), is a guitarist, songwriter and producer most famous for being a co-founder of the hard rock band, Van Halen. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Ratt is an American glam metal band that enjoyed significant commercial success during the 1980s. ... Robbin Crosby Robbin Crosby (August 4, 1959 – June 6, 2002), born Robbinson Lantz Crosby and nicknamed The King was the former lead guitarist in the glam metal band Ratt, who had several platinum albums in the U.S. in the mid to late 1980s. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Round and Round is a hit song by the glam metal band Ratt, and appears as the third track of their successful album Out of the Cellar. ... Lay It Down is one of the most famous songs made by the glam metal band Ratt. ... Body Talk is a song written and recorded by glam metal band Ratt. ... Way Cool Jr. ... Shame Shame Shame is the name of a song by glam metal band Ratt. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Grunge music (sometimes also referred to as the Seattle Sound) is an independent-rooted music genre that became a commercially successful offshoot of hardcore punk, thrash metal, and alternative rock in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...


After Ratt broke up, DeMartini was briefly a touring guitarist for hard rock band Whitesnake. After that he released two solo albums titled Crazy Enough To Sing To You in 1995 and Surf's Up! in 1996. Ratt re-united in 1997 and released their self-titled album in 1999 which then became a critical and commercial failure. In 2003 DeMartini was hired to replace guitarist Doug Aldrich in the legendary heavy metal band Dio, but after several rehearsals they decided not to record and tour together due to musical differences. Also in 2003 former White Lion frontman Mike Tramp attempted to re-unite his former band and was considering adding DeMartini to the new line-up of the "New White Lion". Unfortunately that never happened since former White Lion guitarist Vito Bratta filed a lawsuit, and claimed partial ownership of the name and DeMartini resumed touring with Ratt. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ratt is an album of the band of the same name. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Doug Aldrich born on February 19, 1964 in Raleigh, is a Los Angeles-based hard rock electric guitarist, since 2003 a member of Whitesnake. ... Dio is a heavy metal band led by vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who formed it in October 1983 after leaving Black Sabbath. ... White Lion was a hard rock band active in the 1980s and early 1990s. ... Mike Tramp, 1989 Mike Tramp (Born Michael Trampenau January 14, 1961) was the singer and co-songwriter for the hard rock bands White Lion, and Freak of Nature. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Influences

Over the years DeMartini has cited many legendary guitarists as his primary musical influences such as; Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Billy Gibbons, Uli Roth, Joe Walsh, Joe Perry, Miles Davis, Eddie Van Halen and Randy Rhoads. This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London) is an English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer who is best known as the guitarist and principal songwriter for the rock band The Who. ... Billy F. Gibbons (born December 16, 1949), nicknamed the Reverend Willie G, is best known as the guitarist for that Little Ol band from Texas, ZZ Top. ... Uli in concert with his signature custom-made Sky Guitar Ulrich Roth (born December 18, 1954 in Düsseldorf, Germany), also known as Uli Jon Roth, is a German virtuoso guitarist. ... Joe Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American guitarist and rock musician who has had both a solo career and membership of bands such as the James Gang and the Eagles. ... Anthony Joseph Joe Perry (Born September 10, 1950 in Lawrence, Massachusetts), is the lead guitarist and a contributing songwriter for the rock band Aerosmith. ... Miles Dewey Davis III (May 25, 1926 – September 28, 1991) was one of the most distinguished jazz musicians of the latter half of the 20th century. ... Edward Van Halen (born Eduard Lodewijk van Halen on January 26, 1955 [1] in Nijmegen, Netherlands), is a guitarist, songwriter and producer most famous for being a co-founder of the hard rock band, Van Halen. ... Randall William Randy Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an American heavy metal guitarist who is best known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne. ...


He also has cited bands such as U2, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, TLC and No Doubt to be among his favorites. He also stated he was a fan of rapper, Eminem. This article is about the Irish rock band. ... NIN redirects here. ... Rage Against the Machine is a Grammy Award-winning American rock band noted for their blend of hip hop, hard rock and funk as well as their vocal revolutionary socialist beliefs. ... TLC (an abbreviation for T-Boz, Left Eye, Chilli) is a Five time Grammy Award-winning American R&B, hip hop and pop group that formed in 1991. ... No Doubt is a third wave ska band from Anaheim, California, United States. ... Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop and the distinguishing feature of hip hop music; it is a form of rhyming lyrics spoken rhythmically over musical instruments, with a musical backdrop of sampling, scratching and mixing by DJs. ... Marshall Bruce Mathers III born October 17, 1972, better known by his stage names Eminem and Slim Shady, is an Academy and Grammy Award-winning hip hop artist, record producer and occasional actor. ...


Miscellaneous

DeMartini took lessons from Roger Nemour in San Diego, California. Flag Seal Nickname: Americas Finest City Location Location of San Diego within San Diego County Coordinates , Government County San Diego Mayor City Attorney         City Council District One District Two District Three District Four District Five District Six District Seven District Eight Jerry Sanders (R) Michael Aguirre Scott Peters Kevin...


Discography

Ratt

The Ratt EP is Ratts first official release. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Invasion Of Your Privacy is Ratts second full length album. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dancing Undercover is Ratts third full length album. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Reach for the Sky is Ratts fourth full length album. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Detonator is Ratts fifth studio album. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ratt & Roll 81-91 is a Ratt compilation album. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Collage is Ratts compilation album. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ratt is an album of the band of the same name. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...

Solo

Surfs Up! is a Warren DeMartini solo EP. Surfs Up! (Glass Bottle Ride Mix) Surfs Up! (Soup Mix) Surfs Up! (Fret And Wire Mix) Categories: | | ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Crazy Enough To Sing To You is a solo album of Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...

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Warren DeMartini was roommates with Jake E. Lee during the 80s, during which time they both influenced each others styles substantially.
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