Summer 2020 ’80s Revival Trend Continues with Ratt, Tom Keifer, Skid Row, and Slaughter Tour

  • Axl Rosenberg

Ratt, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer, Skid Row, and Slaughter are the latest group of ’80s glam bands to announce a big summer tour. In terms of coolness, I’d put this above the Dokken/ Lynch Mob/ Lita Ford tour, but still below the Guns N’ Roses and Def Leppard/ Mötley Crüe/ Poison/ Joan Jett tours. Like, this is the tour you should buy your glam-lovin’ S.O. tickets to if you can’t afford the pricey GN’R or Def Lep etc. tours. I mean none of these bands are touring with anything approaching their original line-ups — hell, Keifer isn’t even touring with “a version” of Cinderella — whereas GN’R have all the members about whom the general public cares, Def Lep has all the surviving members of its classic line-up, and the Crüe and Poison have all their members, period. So. Yeah.

Some other cruel takeaways I’d like to point out:

  • Everyone should be embarrassed to be billed below the current version of Ratt, which lacks both guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer.
  • The last of Cinderella’s four albums, Still Climbing, came out in 1994, and the band’s discography has sold roughly 7,000,000+ copies; Skid Row’s first two releases alone, Skid Row and Slave to the Grind, sold that many units, and the band has released a buncha more stuff since then. Even factoring in Keifer’s three solo releases, the fact that Skid Row are billed below Keifer here should tell the band one thing: it’s time to get off their goddamn high horse and reunite with Sebastian Bach already.
  • Blas Elias was offered the gig drumming for Shania Twain, but opted to keep playing for Slaughter instead, and that will never not be funny/ sad/ weirdly commendable.
  • Slaughter don’t have a Facebook page and that’s kind of amazing.

ANYWAY, dates for this tour are below. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 13 at 10 a.m. local time.

June 03 – Farmingville, NY @ Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill
June 06 – Rosemount, IL @ Rosemont Theatre
June 09 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
June 10 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
June 12 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Casino at Etess Arena
June 13 – Canandaluga, NY @ CMAC
June 14 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 25 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joe’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
Aug. 27 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Aug. 28 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 29 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sep. 01 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sep. 05 – Grand Island, NE @ Nebraska State Fair (RATT, SKID ROW, QUIET RIOT)
Sep. 06 – Denver, CO @ Levitt Pavillion (RATT, SKID ROW, QUIET RIOT, SLAUGHTER)
Sep. 08 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
Sep. 09 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Sep. 16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fair/Days of 47 Arena
Sep. 18 – Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort
Sep. 19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

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