Bobby Blotzer Says RATT’s Classic Lineup “Owe It” To The Fans To Reunite

Bobby Blotzer has expressed interest in taking part in a classic RATT reunion. The drummer says the band “owe it” to the fans to make their return.

Blotzer said the following while sharing a poster for the 1985 Day On The Green festival:

“Hard to compute this , 37 years ago a few days ago in 1985 We played 3 shows with Scorpions, This one and 2 nights at the Tacoma dome , huge shows. Then we went back and resumed our headlining tour what is this New Jersey band call Bon Jovi opening up! Man how did this time fly like this?”

He then added the following in the comments:

“You guys want a RATT OG TOUR, email Warren [DeMartini, guitar] he’s locked in his rose garden. Juan [Croucier, bass] is locked in his house somewhere but him and Stephen [Pearcy, vocals], whew not good. Stephen and I great and ready to friggin RATT N Roll.”

“I really believe and I’ve said this to the band , We owe this to them. You guys were the ones who fuels the RATT tank from the get go.”

He continued when asked how he has been doing:

“I’m cool, Sort of in retirement lol just been playing golf working on my Suntan, my swimming pool helping raise my girlfriends two kids raising my dogs and cats I’m bored at the same time lol I want to play.”

He also added the following about the lack of a RATT reunion:

“Everybody lives very comfortably and doesn’t really have to go on tour,” he wrote. “Some of us are just tired of the way things get run and not having the power to change it. When you have five seasonal Indians running around that’s what happens. For me I don’t want to hear about any old stuff why do you do this why did he do that etc. all I wanna do is rehearse for the tour and get on the road and entertain you guys. That doesn’t mean we can’t be friendly to each other I just don’t wanna at this point fight about anything.”

“We have one of the best catalogs in arguably at least a big part of rock history and it’s a shame that we’re not out playing it. But it still sells like crazy and brings a hell of a lot of money and so people are still enjoying it and buying it planet download it and all that other kind of stuff. If you can read between the lines are I think you understand what’s in certain peoples minds”

[via Blabbermouth]

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RATT’s Stephen Pearcy Signs With Golden Robot Records

RATT’s Stephen Pearcy has signed a new deal with Golden Robot Records. The singer is expected to release new music through the label later this year.

Pearcy commented:

“It is with great pleasure to announce my having signed on with Golden Robot Records.

Choosing a label to handle my music spanning 40-plus years in the industry is no easy task. Mark [Alexander-Erber] and Golden Robot have captured the modernization of the industry and marketing as well as held on to the old-school style that has served me well for decades, both of which are needed to handle a catalog as mine and the new music I bring to the table.

As an artist, songwriter and performer, evolving is inevitable; therefore my team has to be on point and lightning quick to keep up. Mark and Golden Robot understand that concept and I look forward to our collaboration, with our first endeavor being the Stephen Pearcy ‘Legacy’ album. This album will be a career retrospective from 1976 to date. I look forward to sharing never-heard RATT classics in their infancy, early RATT with Jake E. Lee, live RATT, ARCADE, solo covers, the last song written with Robbin [Crosby], the last song written with Warren [DeMartini], and so much more. This is the first time I’ve reached so deep into the archives and it’s truly been a labor of love.

Cheers to Mark and Golden Robot, we are about to bring RATT and ’80s music fans the most authentic and thorough archive of music that was an interictal part of creating the ’80s Sunset Strip music scene.”

Alexander-Erber added:

“Out of the hundreds and hundreds of signings we have had over many years, I have to say after a long while courting Stephen, I’m absolutely honored he has joined our Golden Robot family, helping us to bring rock back to the forefront. He truly is one of the best, and to be part of our roster is wonderful. We have some fabulous releases planned for 2022/23.”

Stephen Pearcy Says Members Of RATT & Mötley Crüe Almost Formed A Band Together

During a recent interview with Tommy London of SiriusXM Hair Nation, Stephen Pearcy revealed that him and his late RATT bandmate Robbin Crosby almost formed a band with Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee many years ago. However, the project never fully materialized.

Pearcy said the following:

“I’m doing another book, part two, next year, and that’s actually one of the stories that I kind of held back. There’s a bunch — with VAN HALEN and guys and stuff.

When we met MÖTLEY — first we have to start with how we met them. So Robbin and I used to go out all the time into Hollywood — you know, ‘The [Sunset] Strip, yeah. You’ve gotta be seen. You’ve gotta be out there.’ Well, MÖTLEY was doing the same thing. Nikki, Tommy, Vince [Neil] — they’d be doing the same thing. You know, tripping down the Strip, going to the Rainbow, going here, getting fucked up… So anyway, we meet them on the Strip, hanging out. We became friends and we became The Gladiators, which was our street thing there, when we went out together. And we each had names, which goes back to [Robbin’s nickname] ‘King’. I don’t know if it was Nikki who gave him that nickname or Robbin gave it to himself.

So in ’82, we really became close friends. don’t think Nikki was ever really satisfied. Musicians were coming and going in bands, as the whole implosion was getting going — [in] ’81, ’82 in L.A. and that whole Strip thing. He wasn’t happy with his band at that moment.

So, yes, it’s a true story. Robbin, Nikki, Tommy and myself, and me on guitar, were rehearsing at [pre-RATT band] MICKEY RATT’s rehearsal in Culver City there. And I believe we rehearsed for a couple of times. I don’t know if we wanted to start a band or if we were just jamming, but something was getting intense in there. And Nikki is, like, ‘Nah. I’m gonna go do my thing.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m here. Me and Robbin are doing our thing.’ And so be it.

Yeah — true story. True story. So, if that would have been a band, it would have been a great band, actually. I don’t know what songs we played, but we were very supportive of each other back in the day, in the beginning, yeah. It was great.”

He continued when asked if the group were planning to use The Gladiators moniker:

“Well, that’s probably what we were gonna call it — THE GLADIATORS. I really don’t know. I’d have to check with my roadie guy back then. I forget the shit. We were kind of almost taking it seriously, if I remember, like, ‘All right. We’re gonna be here. We’re gonna rehearse.’ But it happened a couple of times, yeah — a couple of times. So there’s a bit of a tale there.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Stephen Pearcy Says RATT’s Classic Lineup “Were Supposed To Do A Big Summer Tour This Year”

During a recent interview with Atlantic City Weekly, Stephen Pearcy reflected on his time with RATT and his late bandmate Robbin Crosby. Notably, he also mentioned that the surviving members of the group “were supposed to do a big summer tour,” but it didn’t work out.

Pearcy said the following

“As we celebrate Robbin’s passing 20 years today [June 6], it’s still Ratt & Roll. [The music’s] got life … so we are kind of tripping in a good way. He was such an important part of the band. I knew we could play without him, but when he was gone, I knew the band was done. I knew we could go through the motions with different players, but I lost a real, true partner there — a driver in that machine. So, I continue to do the solo thing because I can write what I want and do solo records and tour when I want with who I want.”

He also added:

“We were supposed to do a big summer tour with RATT this year. I initiated doing something if the [surviving] guys [from the classic lineup] would get together. But there is no reason for them to do it or a need for them to do it, so I decided to just go out solo. And I am better off. Some of these guys [in my solo band] have been with me 18, 20 years. So if you want to Ratt & Roll, come see my shows.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Stephen Pearcy Says RATT’s Classic Lineup Were Recently Offered A “Lucrative” Opportunity

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” Stephen Pearcy was asked about the possibility of a classic RATT reunion once again. The prospect is still unlikely, but the singer did mention that the band were presented with a “lucrative” opportunity.

Pearcy said the following:

“Well, I will give you a bit of something. There was an opportunity presented to all of us. Besides [it being] a lucrative thing, it would be amazing.

I mean, I will not do another RATT record unless it’s all of us. There’s no reason; you won’t get the RATT sound. We got close. And people, I think, got a little pissy at me for saying that about [2010’s] ‘Infestation’ [album], [that] I really didn’t think we hit a home run. Warren [DeMartini, guitar] and I basically handled that record, but [Carlos] Cavazo [guitar] was [also] involved.

To me, you can put a label on it, but it’s not RATT. It’s identifiable to the guitars and the whatever sound. We didn’t get there. And also it had to do with… The mind that all of us were in at the time wasn’t so together doing that record. But we did the best we could. So, for everybody who gets pissy about ‘Infestation’, I love that record… But you put a label on it, just because a label’s on it doesn’t mean it’s RATT.”

He also added the following when asked why a reunion can’t happen:

“Looks, if the fucking components don’t work, I’m not going out there with broken parts, nor am I gonna go out there and mislead my audience or our audience and rip ’em off of the true legacy of the band. Granted, no disrespect, [we’ve had] great players [in the band over the years], great humans and all this and that, but business aside… You’ve got it right here. You’ve got four of the original guys. I’m not wanting to go, ‘Hey, guys. Come on.’ Whatever. If it happens, it happens. I don’t give a shit. And I can go out [with my solo band] and deliver the goods. Because it got to be a little convoluted with these different guitar players — that’s where that ‘no disrespect’ comes — different guitar players or a different drummer or a different bass player. And it’s, like, well, holy shit. It’s gonna stop. And that’s all I did was just say, ‘Just stop for a second here, man.’ And then out of the blue we were presented with this opportunity recently, and I’m thinking, ‘Wow. Maybe this might… For shits and giggles, the guys might dig it, besides lucratively.’ But it just ain’t gonna fly. And that’s where you just leave it alone — leave it alone. Sorry. But that’s life, man.”

He continued when asked if the band’s issues stem from a “lack of communication”:

“There’s a lack of something, but it has nothing to do… If it had to do with business, I’m in. If it has to do with, ‘Hey, you’re copacetic and you just wanna kick back now and enjoy your life or what legacy you have,’ well, that’s all bitchin’ too. So I have no qualms either way. I keep moving.”

Pearcy also had the following to say when asked if members of the classic RATT lineup have “checked out”:

“It could be that. All I can do is make my own assessment of the situation. When you make a phone call and you get no response — and I won’t say with who or what or where or when or why — fuck it. I don’t care. We’re all alive. We’re all healthy. We’re all groovy. I don’t know. I hope everybody’s cool. But I just got tired of people coming and going, and ‘this is RATT’ and ‘that’s not RATT’. Because we have a whole new audience — every day all these young people — and they see that marquee or they see that brand and they think, ‘Oh, it’s those five guys with that blond dude and that Warren DeMartini guy,’ and then you pull in and you’re, like, ‘What the fuck? That’s the singer guy.’ So I just stepped out for a bit. And hey, it’s nobody’s fault but the way things just happened. A tour didn’t go down [because of] COVID, this, that. And I went, ‘I have no time for this’ to start up again, to rehash or do something. So be it. Make whatever assessment you can. But I love that the opportunity was presented. And hey, let’s hope. ‘Cause I will not let there be another RATT record unless all of us are involved, so you probably will never get one. All I can do is give you some of the archives, which will happen soon enough.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Stephen Pearcy Comments On The Possibility Of Classic RATT Reunion Once Again: “I’ve Opened The Door”

During a recent appearance on “Waste Some Time With Jason Green,” Stephen Pearcy was asked about the possibility of a classic RATT reunion once again. The frontman responded by saying “the door is [still] open.”

Pearcy said the following:

“Right now, for the next who knows how long, I doubt [it]. But hey, I’ve opened the door. I will not the band RATT record a record [unless it’s with the original guys]. I would love everybody to be involved.

But you know what? Let’s take a step back here, kids. First of all, I said it a long time ago, and I don’t know if people get this or not, unfortunately, when Robbin [Crosby, late RATT guitarist] was not in the scene and he was going through his trip and then he wasn’t even in the band, that was, to me — I hate to say it — the end of that era. To have us hang around that long — ‘Oh, another platinum record’; ‘Oh, another platinum record’ — it’s just mind-blowing. ‘Oh, you’ve gotta do another reunion tour.’ ‘You’ve gotta do a record.’ I mean, we self-imploded a long time ago, man.

My point is we can go through the motions. We can have great guitar players. No disrespect to any of these players — we’ve had great guys, and that’s all great — but, to me, RATT is not RATT without Robbin. And not even money is gonna make me believe any different. I’d rather go out and do my [solo] thing and get off on that. But is there any chance [of the original guys getting back together]? Well, who knows? I mean, look, I would love it. It would be great — one last rodeo — but, look, man, I don’t sit around waiting for anybody, number one. And number two, do you really wanna present what you did in ’84 37, [3]8 years later? We’re lucky to be alive. But the fact that we are, it would be great. And you guys out there, no disrespect, man — I fucking love playing our songs any chance I can get, but I’ve got other fish to fry. If I can’t get off, you’re sure as hell not gonna get off. But we’ll see, man… It’s not up to me. All I can do is say the door is open.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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RATT’s Stephen Pearcy Battling Liver Cancer

During a recent interview with Laughingmonkeymusic, RATT’s Stephen Pearcy revealed that he is battling liver cancer. The singer says he was diagnosed with the disease three years ago.

Pearcy said the following:

“How I found out is just through a blood test. I had hepatitis. Well, then, getting another checkup, I found out, ‘By the way, you’ve got a bit of cancer thing going there. We’ve gotta get in there.’ Then your whole world changes. Still, I didn’t feel like it needed to be out there until I started feeling guilty. Like, ‘Wow, man, I can help some people.’ Get blood tests. Take care of yourself.”

He also added:

“Everything’s kind of copacetic now. I’m on a ritual and monitoring things. I don’t know why I’m still here, but, look, I’m appreciating every day and minute above ground here, because all of our peers are seemingly disappearing. And it’s such a drag. But it’s under control.”

[via Ultimate Classic Rock]

RATT Frontman Stephen Pearcy Releases New Documentary “Nothing To Lose”

RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has released a new documentary titled “Nothing To Lose – A Stephen Pearcy Rockumentary.” The film, which focuses on the frontman’s life and career, is available on ASY TV via Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Firestick or at ASYTV.com.

Stephen Pearcy Floats Possibility Of Classic RATT Reunion: “I’m Opening The Door”

During a recent appearance on “The Jeremy White Podcast,” Stephen Pearcy floated the idea of a classic RATT reunion once again. The frontman says he is “opening the door” to the possibility of a reunion with his former bandmates.

Pearcy said the following about drummer Bobby Blotzer’s guest appearance at his solo livestream show and the possibility of a reunion with RATT’s classic lineup:

“Bobby came out and did the jam. I invited him out. You can call it ‘instigate,’ being the instigator, but why not? I’ve gotta be clear — I hate bullshitting our audience, thinking this [latest lineup of RATT] is RATT. No disrespect to these other players coming and going, but it’s getting kind of silly. I’d rather be out doing my own thing until things come to order or we can take a step backwards and forwards and see what you’ve got. Bobby’s the swing, Juan [Croucier] is Juan, and Warren [DeMartini] is definitely DeMartini, man. And rest in peace, Robbin [Crosby]; no matter who tries to replace him, it ain’t never gonna fucking happen. So be it.

So, anyway, that’s where it’s at. Bobby came and jammed out. And he might sit in for a couple of shows. We’ll see what happens. I’m opening the door… It’s not being the good guy — believe me — it’s being the business-minded guy and having some respect for the legacy we leave. Because you know what? I’m on to other adventures in life. I love being on stage and this and that… I’ll give it a few more years of having at it and enjoying myself when I want — not because I have to. I don’t have to. I just have a little bit more respect and integrity for my band RATT. And that’s about it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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RATT Recruit Guitarist Frank Lindia

RATT have recruited guitarist Frank Lindia for their 2021 summer shows. He made his live debut with the band at the Lakes Jam in Brainerd, Minnesota on June 24. Lindia’s addition comes after Chris Sanders exited the group.