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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Metal Blade Records To Reissue “Metal Massacre I” On Vinyl

As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, Metal Blade Records will be reissuing “The New Heavy Metal Revue Presents Metal Massacre I” on vinyl. The effort, which helped launch the careers of Metallica, Ratt, Malice, etc., will be available on April 22 in two colors, ruby red (limited to 5000) and clear (limited to 2000).

“Metal Massacre I” Track Listing:

Side One:

01. Steeler – “Cold Day In Hell”
02. Bitch – “Live For The Whip”
03. Malice – “Captive Of Light”
04. Ratt – “Tell The World”
05. Avatar – “Octave”

Side Two:

01. Black ‘n Blue – “Chains Around Heaven”
02. Cirith Ungol – “Death Of The Sun”
03. Demon Flight – “Dead Of The Night”
04. Pandemonium – “Fighting Backwards”
05. Malice – “Kick You Down”
06. Metallica – “Hit The Lights”

Metal Blade Records commented:

“Marking our 40th anniversary this year, we’re incredibly excited to announce the reissue of Metal Massacre Volume One, for the first time on vinyl since 1984! For those who’ve been with MB since the beginning, you’ll remember this release showcased the best of LA’s unsigned metal acts of the time such as Metallica , RATT, Malice and more!

Two limited variants have been pressed. /5000 Ruby Red at the MB shop and /2000 Clear exclusively at metallica.com. The first 250 pre-orders at the MB shop will receive an exclusive patch! Metal Massacre 1 will be available April 22nd.

Pre-order NOW at metalblade.com/40thanniversary

This is merely the start of our 40th celebration. The Cannibal Corpse tour is underway, Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest: Philly this Summer plus the official opening of the Metal Blade Museum in Las Vegas!

Until more events are announced, head to METAL BLADE RECORDS and stream a special 80’s-inspired playlist, personally selected by Brian Slagel, featuring some of the era’s hottest bands including ARMORED SAINT, D.R.I., FLOTSAM & JETSAM and tons more. One-of-a-kind, exclusive designs helmed by the masterful and malevolent minds of metal’s most sought-after artists will be available for a limited time – Ed Repka (Megadeth, Venom, Nuclear Assault), Elinor Kantor (Testament, Soulfly, Sodom), Travis Smith (Opeth, Overkill, Slayer), Sam Didier (HammerFall, Amon Amarth). metalblade.com/40thanniversary/

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 Postpones East Coast Shows After Testing Positive For COVID-19

RATT’s Stephen Pearcy has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the singer has been forced to postpone several East Coast shows.

The following statement was issued:

“As many of you may have already heard, Stephen Pearcy has unfortunately been forced to postpone this week’s dates on the East Coast. Out of an abundance of caution, Stephen tested for Covid after learning that others he’d been in contact with had tested positive. To this point, he’s only experienced the mildest of symptoms, and based on his condition and the timeline of his exposure he already appears to be close to a full recovery.

Stephen and his band regret not being able to play this week’s shows, but this is life in 2021, and we all need to be safe, sound and responsible. Tomorrow’s Dec 1 Warrandale PA show has been rescheduled to Feb 16, and the December 3-5 shows in Buffalo, Jordan NY and New Bedford MA are now moving to April 29 – May 1.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out since news broke last night, and to everyone for your understanding in the matter. Just to be clear, the dates listed above are the only impacted shows, and all other dates will play as scheduled. Stephen and his band are looking forward to getting back out as soon as safely possible!

UPCOMING SHOWS

2021

DEC 18 – Dubuque, IA
DEC 31 – Santee, CA

2022

FEB 11 – West Hollywood, CA
FEB 16 – Warrandale, PA
APR 29 – Buffalo, NY
APR 30 – Jordan, NY
MAY 1 – New Bedford, MA
JUL 30 – Beaver Dam, KY

More TBA”

Watch RATT’s Stephen Pearcy Join Sammy Hagar Onstage For Cover Of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll”

During Sammy Hagar & The Circle’s October 29 show at The STRAT in Las Vegas, NV, the band were joined onstage by RATT’s Stephen Pearcy for a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll.” You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Tawny Kitaen’s Cause Of Death Has Officially Been Revealed

Tawny Kitaen’s cause of death has officially been revealed. A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department says the actress died from dilated cardiomyopathy and that it has been ruled as a natural death. Other conditions listed include: mild coronary atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), mirtazapine (antidepressant), mirtazapine metabolite, alprazolam (Xanax), acetaminophen (Tylenol), pregabalin (nerve pain medication) and hydrocodone (opioid). As previously reported, Kitaen died at her Newport Beach home in May 2021 at the age of 59. During her life, the actress was previously married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale and starred in some of the band’s videos including their iconic “Here I Go Again” music video. She also previously dated late RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby and appeared on the cover of the band’s self-titled EP and “Out Of The Cellar.”

[via Metal Injection]