This week's winning RATT story comes from Mark who recalls catching a Warren DeMartini guitar pick at his first-ever concert when he was 14 years old.
The soon-to-be-recipient of a killer Ratt prize pack, Mark, is still in the running to win his hero Warren DeMartini's signature guitar, courtesy of Charvel! Want your chance to win too? Then tell us YOUR Ratt story RIGHT HERE just like Mark!
Here's the winning story: "It was 1984, I was 14 and myself and two friends were getting dropped off by my mom in front of Freedom Hall in Johnson City TN to attend my first concert ever. There we stood, with kids way older then us as we waited for the doors to open. When they did we ran as fast as we could to the front of the stage, as newbies we quickly got pushed to the far right next to one of the speaker stacks. I'll never forgot I didn't leave that spot the whole night, not even to use the bathroom. I just hung on to the wall for dear life. I was so excited!! I loved the out of the cellar album and had seen the videos and read about them in Hit Parader, this was going to be GREAT!!! Then it happened the lights went out, the crowd behind me roared as I grabbed the barrier with all I had. Stephen Pearcy's voice came over the speakers and RATT came out in full force, I was in awe. They were loud they were cool and they were awesome! Not to mention Warren DeMartini was on my side of the stage doing solos right in front of me! I was freaking out. This was the most amazing thing I had ever seen or heard. Being in the front was like they were playing just for me. Especially Warren he would literally stand right in front of me by the stack of speakers and just shred to every song! I was in heaven. Before you know it they announced the last song. I was bummed but going to make the most of it. As I stood there in awe of what was before me, it happened... a rock-n-roll memory was burned into my brain... Warren finished up the solo to round and round, he looked down at me and from his hand came a silver shiny object flying right at me... I quickly jumped forward as far as my 14 year old body could take me and grabbed it, the fans behind me grabbed at my arms as I fought them off. I quickly stuffed the object in my pocket. I thought to myself I just got Warren DeMartini's guitar pick!!! I just got Warren DeMartini's guitar pick!!! Before you know it the lights came on and the crowd started leaving, I met back up with my friends who had lost their spots early on. They asked me - how was it up there? I said it was great and then slowly reached in my pocket and pulled out a silver metal guitar pick and placed it in the palm of my hand. We all just stood there in awe. At that moment it was the most amazing thing we had ever seen - a stainless steel guitar pick. I'll never forget that show, being my first concert, I tell that story all the time. The best part is it's been 26 years since that night and I still have the ticket and the pick to prove it!"
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