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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 was born on April 10, 1963 in 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). His grandmother 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 Townshend of The Who do onstage. 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. 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 rock band Whitesnake in 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 Aldrich in the band Dio but 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.
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La Jolla High School, La Jolla, California
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Warren Justin DeMartini
James DeMartini, Bernard DeMartini
Bobby Blotzer, Stephen Pearcy, Robbin Crosby
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Warren Justin DeMartini (born April 10, 1963), nicknamed Torch, is the lead guitarist for Ratt, a popular American band during the 1980s Los Angeles glam metal scene.
Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock
Ratt, Dokken, Whitesnake, Dio
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