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.”

RATT: “We’ll Be Ready To Go With A New Rhythm Guitarist And New RATT Music 2021”

RATT recently took to Instagram to offer a new band update. The group said the following:

“RATT’s in the cellar! Founding member, singer Stephen Pearcy with lead guitarist @jordanziff working on new music at Pearcy’s, while Jaun Croucier (bassist vocalist for RATT) has renovated updated his Cellar Studios for the band to go in, rehearse and work on new music. Pearcy and Croucier agree, “It’s time to kick some ass. We’ll be ready to go with a new rhythm guitarist and new RATT music 2021”. As for getting back to doing concerts? “We’re so eager to get out there and play again”. You’ve got to Ratt n’ Roll with the punches, its nothing new for the relentlessly unyielding quintet. More news TBA”

RATT Rescheduling All 2020 Shows For Next Year

RATT have confirmed that they are rescheduling all of their 2020 dates due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band issued the following statement:

“For the health and safety of our fans and those involved with the production of RATT concerts; shows scheduled for the 2020 calendar will be rescheduled for 2021.”

Ratt, Tom Keifer, Skid Row, & Slaughter Officially Cancel Their U.S. Tour

Ratt, Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Skid Row, and Slaughter have officially cancelled their U.S. tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. Ratt commented:

“‘The Big Rock Summer Tour‘ will no longer be taking place as originally scheduled this summer and fall. Tickets will automatically be refunded at point of purchase. Thank you for understanding.”