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.

RATT Announce Summer U.S. Dates

RATT have announced several summer shows. Here’s the dates:

06/24 Brainerd, MN – Lakes Jam
07/16 West Fargo, ND – Red River Valley Fair
07/23 Pewaukee, WI – Waukesha County Fair
08/21 Syracuse, NY – The Great New York State Fair

Stephen Pearcy Rumored To Be Joined By Former RATT Drummer Bobby Blotzer During Upcoming Virtual Concert

According to Metal Sludge, there are rumors circulating that seem to suggest that Stephen Pearcy will be joined by his former RATT bandmate Bobby Blotzer during an upcoming virtual concert. That show will reportedly be filmed on February 26-27 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. Notably, Pearcy has since shared the Metal Sludge article along with the caption: “Hmmm, we’ll have to wait and see.”

Stephen Pearcy Announces “Backstage Past” Docuseries, Says He Wouldn’t Want To Release A New RATT Album Without The Classic Lineup

RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy has revealed that he planning to launch a new docuseries called “Backstage Past.” The show will begin filming on February 23.

Here’s a description of the series:

“With virtual gigs becoming a new norm and the new “house party,” Pearcy will introduce his “house party”-style sessions on his soon-to-be-released docuseries, “Backstage Past”, on ASY TV (Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV). Expect the unexpected — from touring around locations from MICKEY RATT and early RATT days to behind the scenes of Stephen’s livestreams to jamming with friends.”

In other news, Pearcy also discussed the possibility of a new RATT album on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” [via Blabbermouth]:

“I wouldn’t wanna put a RATT record out there without the original guys. I mean, it just wouldn’t make sense. We’ve tried it.

Look, I accepted it a long time ago when Robbin [Crosby, late RATT guitarist] left the band, we lost a big element of direction. He was my right-hand man creating this monster. And I knew it — I knew once he was out, we would be going through motions. It’s all cool, and it’s great, but how many replacements can you have in a band and still consider it legit? So if we’re gonna have something on plastic, so to speak, forever, I’d rather have the original band do a record and just not do a RATT record until that day comes — if it ever happens.”

He also added the following when asked when he last spoke to guitarist Warren DeMartini:

“Probably a couple of weeks back. We had some business to talk about, him and I, about some of the stuff we wrote. Which is great, ’cause Warren and I actually had a song in the can, written, that we can actually play and release. And there was another one we were starting to work on that was amazing. So you get me and Warren in a room, and we’ll start writing immediately.”

He continued when asked if DeMartini would be open to doing something with RATT again:

“No. I can’t say anything like that. All I’m saying is we had stuff to talk about, and a couple of songs that we did, and that’s it. And a record of ours. And we just chatted. So that’s where it went.”

Pearcy went on to say that he has also been speaking to drummer Bobby Blotzer again:

“I do talk to Bobby. Bobby and I are — it’s love-hate, brother kind of a gig. We keep in touch and talk about positive things. He still has interest, so there are some things to talk about. And Warren is the same.

Look, life goes on. Life’s short. Hate’s not a good thing. There’s communication. But I can’t say anything.”

Pearcy then reiterated his desire to make a new album with the classic lineup:

“As far as doing a record right now, I really wouldn’t wanna have guys that weren’t really in the band on the record. And I think that was Warren’s sentiment a long time ago — without having me on a record — so I’m just giving back the courtesy consideration.

I would really like to actually finish the song that Warren and I had started, and the one that we have in the can, I would love to release it. I’m gonna talk to him about it, if we can just put it out there and just turn people on. He’s not some aggro dude right now. I’m not aggro at any of these people. Look, we created this great thing, and if there’s gonna be a RATT record, I just off the top of my head said I wanna do it with the original guys, if we’re gonna do one — or don’t even bother. The catalog is what you get. Or you get my solo stuff, which is as close as you’re gonna get to RATT music. And that’s it… If we ever do a [RATT] record, let it be the real guys, and call it a day. If that’s the last thing we do, well, let’s do it. If not, hey, we’ve got the records. That’s all I can say.”

Pearcy also talked about the importance of not letting personal differences get in the way of the band:

“Look, we’re not the most dysfunctional band on the planet. I’ve said it before, there are bands much more dysfunctional — MÖTLEY [CRÜE], GN’R [GUNS N’ ROSES], you name ’em — but the smart ones make an effort to take care of business. MÖTLEY — I don’t know if they even talk to each other, but they’re getting the business done. And that’s where I’m at. What are you — punishing somebody? You’re getting back at somebody? You’re holding a grudge, vendetta… It’s all bullshit. We’re all gonna die anyway. Go figure it out.”