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.”

Enslaved Are The Focus Of A 12-Part Documentary Series On Norwegian TV

Enslaved are the focus of a new 12-part documentary series titled “Heimvegen.” The show has been airing every Saturday on TV Haugaland in Norway and on YouTube. The first five episodes can be found below with English subtitles. Grutle Kjellson commented:

“Doing the documentary for TV Haugaland has turned out to be one of the biggest, positive surprises in our career. It pretty much came out of the blue as well; we were asked early in the summer of 2020, and we were, like, ‘Oh okay, a local tv network wants to have a little chat. Why not?’ That it has ended up as a 12-part documentary was far beyond all of us involved could imagine, and such a great surprise. Director Dag Olav Husås has really outdone a hell of lot of productions made by a lot bigger networks around the globe, in my opinion. He has somehow made us re-discover ourselves, our roots, and going down this memory lane had been an utter pleasure. I hope not just our fans, but also new acquaintances will appreciate watching this as much as we did making it.”

Netflix Working On Woodstock ’99 Docuseries

According Deadline, a new docuseries focusing on the infamous Woodstock ’99 festival is currently in the works. Raw (“Don’t Fuck with Cats”, “Fear City: New York vs. The Mafia”) and BBH Entertainment (Depeche Mode‘s “Spirits In The Forest”) are both involved in the project, which will be released via Netflix. Woodstock ’99 was held in Rome, NY back in July 1999 and it ended up turning into a disaster. The conditions for the crowd were poor and things turned destructive during Limp Bizkit‘s set, before fires and riots broke out during Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ set. Multiple rapes were also reported.

New Documentary Series On X Japan’s Yoshiki To Debut On YouTube Originals In March

“Yoshiki – Life Of A Japanese Rock Star,” a new six-episode documentary series focusing on X Japan’s Yoshiki, will debut on YouTube Originals in March, 2020. The following was said about the series [via Blabbermouth]:

“Yoshiki – Life Of A Japanese Rock Star” follows Yoshiki’s many facets as a composer, rock drummer, classical pianist, and fashion designer and approaches the sometimes challenging behind-the-scenes reality of when music and passion intersect. “Yoshiki – Life Of A Japanese Rock Star” offers a glimpse into the life of an artist who is active on the global stage. Yoshiki commented that he hopes to inspire viewers as much as possible by discussing “why I became a musician, why I continue to be active, why I continue to exist.”