The Year of the Metal Ratt - Interview with Ratt Guitarist Jordan Ziff By Thomas Amoriello Jr.
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The Year of the Metal Ratt

Interview with Ratt Guitarist Jordan Ziff

By Thomas Amoriello Jr.

Boston Rock Radio




A point of contention in the rock and metal community has caused debate over lineup changes of a favorite band.  Aerosmith once recorded and toured without Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, a Motley Crue minus Vince Neil and Tommy Lee on various occasions, and the history of Kiss has been well documented.  Sometimes for a variety of reasons it is not possible for a band to continue with the original lineup and that can be a hard pill for a diehard fan to swallow.  In fact Metallica, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, Slayer, Journey, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, Judas Priest and so many other groups have successfully continued without important members.  At the end of the day it is the songs that bring the audience out to the shows whether it is a stadium, casino, or small club.  

On July 5, 2018 a new chapter of Ratt began as original members Stephen Pearcy and Juan Croucier announced a new lineup. The guitarist that was chosen to bring credibility to the lead work of the legendary Warren DeMartini was none other than Arizona native Jordan Ziff. This was not Jordan's first brush with success in the music industry as he is also been a member of the Marty Friedman Band appearing on the Megadeth legend's One Bad M.F. Live!! recording and subsequent tours.   Jordan is a Jackson and Charvel Guitars endorsed artist and is more than capable of helping Ratt dazzle their fan base as he possesses the guitar pyrotechnics that are expected in their classic 1980's repertoire.  Whether playing club and amphitheater dates here in the USA or European Festivals this upcoming summer, the new lineup moves onward!  In addition, Ratt will be one of the top billed acts at the M3 Rock Festival on May 3, 2020 co-headlining along with Tesla, Night Ranger and Kix in Maryland.  Boston Rock Radio would like to thank Jordan for this exclusive interview.

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Check out Jordan on Good Morning LA playing Ratt Classics


In July of 2018 it was announced that you were a new guitarist in Ratt (along with Chris Sanders).  What was the audition process like for you? Did you have to learn the set in a short amount of time and jump on the stage?

Well, I know they had a few people in mind they wanted to audition, I was recommended through mutual friends, as it usually goes. I showed up to the audition knowing only a few songs and we started jamming right away. It felt super comfortable immediately. Myself, Juan, Pete and Stephen were in a super deep groove and it was obvious that we would be a good team. Really enjoy playing with them!  


The Ratt 2019-2020 In Your Direction tour has pretty much taken you all over the country.  Hopefully you have received some positive feedback from the fanbase as part of the new lineup?

The feedback has been insanely positive. Obviously there’s always gonna be people that want the original lineup but there’s obviously reasons that isn’t happening. I love going out every show and winning people over. Makes it even more enjoyable

What are a few of your favorite tracks to play live? Was there a tricky solo part that took you a little longer to get comfortable with than the others?

I love playing “Lay It Down,” “You’re In Love” and “Nobody Rides For Free.”  I’d say those are my favorite to play live. As far as tricky, none of the solos were super tricky, it’s all about learning them in the spirit of the original and doing your own thing to make it sound like you own it. Playing solos exactly note for note is necessary sometimes, and unnecessary at other times. Finding the right balance is key. I obviously want to insert my own flavor when tasteful. 


Are there currently any plans to write and record new music with Ratt?I

Absolutely. We’re going to start with singles at first and go from there and see where it evolves. We’re very excited to get started on that process. 


You are also a 2nd guitarist in the Marty Friedman Band which is a demanding job in the guitar chops department. What did you learn from Marty in the "overall" presentation department related to being consistent night after night with his demanding music?  You also must be proud of the live album that he released with you on it?

Playing with Marty is a trip, I always Dug is playing since I was in high school. He’s a great musician. And yes, the live album turned out great!! Of course with everything that I do, I always strive for consistency and I always hope that my teammates are striving for the same thing. 


Your affiliation with Jackson and Charvel Guitars is appropriate as that was the axe of choice form some of Ratt's original gunslingers.  What attracted you to those companies of the many others which you could have easily chosen?  

I’ve played Jacksons and Charvels since I was quite young so it’s very coincidental that I ended up playing in bands that they just happen to work for perfectly. They make great guitars. 


When not on the road with Ratt or the Marty Friedman Band what are your aspirations for your own personal projects? Instrumental guitar recordings?  Original band with vocals?  Thriving teaching studio?

I currently finished writing a solo album that will be done in the very near future, and I’m always writing things not knowing exactly what they’ll be used for but I like to have an arsenal just in case I need it. Writing is one of my favorite things to do and something that really expands my mind Musically. Makes me a better guitar player and all around musician. If anyone wants to get better at their instrument, writing is so key to that development. As far as teaching goes, I teach here and there on Skype when I have time.  Thanks so much for having me! Great questions!


Boston Rock Radio Guest Contributor Thomas Amoriello Jr. is a heavy metal guitarist, children's picture book author, educator and recording artist who resides in Lambertville, New Jersey, USA. You can learn more about Tom at