Ratt Bass Player Robbie Crane Leaves Band

2012-03-26

Story by Anne Erickson

Robbie Crane leaves Ratt to focus on side project

While ‘80s rockers Ratt are still at it, they’re going to have to dig up a new bass player. Robbie Crane, who had been the band’s bassist since 1997, just left the group. He made the official announcement on the “Headbangers At 11” show on 93.3 KDKB last week.

“I’ve been playing in Lynch Mob since October of 2010,” Crane said on the show, referring to his side project. “It’s a thing that I’ve always loved doing, and I love playing with the band. As of recently, I’ve moved on from Ratt — I definitely quit Ratt — and I let them all know that.”

There’s more: “But you know what?! It’s not because of Lynch Mob,” he said. “I’d been with Ratt for 15 years and it was time to move on. I love being in Lynch Mob and this is where my heart’s at.”

No word yet on who will replace Crane, but the band plans to go on with a new bass player in toe. As for Crane, he’s putting all of his focus on Lynch Mob.

In other Lynch Mob news, the band recently scored a new vocalist in Jesse Forte, formerly of Vains of Jenna. “We’ve got a new singer, Jesse Forte from Vains of Jenna,” guitarist George Lynch told Vintage Rock’s Junkman. “So it’s Scot Coogan on drums from Ace Frehley, we’ve got Robbie Crane from Ratt and myself and Jesse Forte, and that’s the new Lynch Mob. We’re gonna be doing a lot of touring this year. And we’re trying to get back in the studio in the late winter/early spring to finish up the record that we were doing with Oni [Logan, previous Lynch Mob vocalist] before we lost Oni last year. So a revamped Lynch Mob with fresh blood in it, with Jesse — a young guy, great chops, great look.”