- Warren DeMartini
Infobox musical artist
Name = Warren DeMartini
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Born = Birth date and age|1963|4|10,
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Genre = Heavy metal,
Ratt, Whitesnake, Dio
Years_active = 1981 - present
URL = http://www.therattpack.com/
Notable_instruments = Custom Charvel models
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 metalscene.
DeMartini was born on
April 10, 1963in Chicago, Illinois. He is the youngest of six children.
DeMartini became interested in rock music due to the influence of his older brothers Bernard and also James (whose band rehearsed in their basement). He was also encouraged by his mother, who played classical
piano, and by his grandmother who played piano accompaniment to silent movies in Preston, Minnesota.
DeMartini's mother bought him a guitar when he was seven years old. But because he could not play it, he ended up smashing it as he had seen
Pete Townshendof The Whodo onstage.
For many years after the incident, he never got a chance to have another guitar. When he turned 15, he managed to buy one for himself with the money he got at Christmas. 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 concert 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 from high school in 1981.
Some years later, DeMartini joined Mickey Ratt, later
Ratt, replacing his friend, Jake E. Lee. DeMartini was at one point the roommate of Lee, and greatly influenced each other's styles.fact|date=May 2008 DeMartini was rumored to have been approached by Ratt vocalist and longtime friend Stephen Pearcy, following Lee's departure from Ratt to join Rough Cutt.
DeMartini helped write some of the band's biggest hits including: "Round and Round", "Lay It Down", "Body Talk", "
Way Cool Jr." and " Shame Shame Shame". Ratt issued four consecutive platinum albums and one EP in the 1980s, until the band disbanded in 1992.
After Ratt broke up, DeMartini was briefly a touring guitarist for
hard rockband Whitesnakein 1994. After that, he released two albums: the EP, "Surf's Up!" in 1995, and his only full-length album to date, "Crazy Enough To Sing To You" in 1996. Ratt re-united by the end of 1996 and released two albums, Collage in July 1997 and their self-titled album in July 1999, which was a critical and commercial failure. In 2003 DeMartini was hired to replace guitarist Doug Aldrichin the band Diobut after several rehearsals they decided not to record and tour together due to musical differences. Ratt reformed and began a tour in the summer of 2007.
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, Uli Roth, Joe Walsh, Jake E. Lee, Joe Perry, Miles Davis, Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch and Randy Rhoads.Fact|date=August 2007(SomeKindaJones)
Ratt EP" (1983)
Out of the Cellar" (1984)
Invasion of Your Privacy" (1985)
Dancing Undercover" (1986)
*"Reach for the Sky" (1988)
Ratt & Roll 81-91" (1991)
*"Ratt Comes Back" (TBA)
Crazy Enough to Sing to You" (1996)
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