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.”