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Stephen Pearcy of Ratt to release ‘Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock’ autobiography on May 7th
Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy will release his autobiography entitled 'Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock' on May 7th through Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books. The 288 page autobiography is being billed as a jaw-dropping tell-all from the lead singer of the 1980s supergroup Ratt: the groupies, the trashed hotel rooms, the drugs -- and just how much you can get away with when you're one of the biggest hair metal stars of all time.
In the mid-1980s, Ratt, alongside Motley Crue, Poison, and Quiet Riot, were laying down the riffs and unleashing the scissor kicks that would herald the arrival of music's most flamboyantly debauched era. Now with 'Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll', Ratt frontman and chief rabble-rouser Stephen Pearcy divulges all the dirty details of the era when big-haired bands ruled the world.
Stephen was primed for a life of excess from an early age -- his father died of a heroin overdose when he was twelve, and by the age of fifteen, Stephen was himself a drug addict. When Stephen met the thrill-seeking Robbin Crosby, he knew he'd found his perfect partner in crime -- both in music and partying. Ratt's 1984 debut single, "Round And Round", became one of the top-selling metal songs of all time, but it was the band's off-stage escapades that were the stuff of legend. "Our tour bus is like our pirate ship, it's where we rape and pillage," said Pearcy in 1987. Now Pearcy's memoir reveals all the rock star excess -- the partying, the women, the $2,000-a-day drug habits -- letting fans see into this harrowing hair-metal lifestyle and what it's really like behind the scenes when you're a rock star.
Famed book editor Jeremie Ruby-Strauss, editor at Gallery Books stated about what fans can expect from Stephen Pearcy's forthcoming book: "There will be a ton of sex, mind-boggling amounts of drugs, and, of course, a whole lot of RATT and roll. There's also stuff about him breaking both legs as a kid and whatnot, but are you seriously not more intrigued by the sex and drugs?"
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy called into Eddie's Sirius/XM show, Eddie Trunk Live, this week and confirmed that original Ratt bassist Juan Croucier will be joining the band onstage at the M3 festival on May 12th in Columbia, Maryland.
Pearcy told Eddie that "Juan is playing with [former Ratt bassist] Robbie [Crane's] blessing." He added he had "a great rehearsal with Juan today (April 23rd)" and that Juan "is welcome back." He also stated that he is "very excited about it."
Hopefully this will be a long term arrangement, with every original member in the band except for the late Robbin Crosby.
Ratt continues to write songs for their new studio record, the follow-up to their 2010 comeback album Infestation, and also plan on releasing a compilation collection through iTunes. Stephen Pearcy added, "While Ratt writes and works on the next RoadRunner record 2012, the band will be releasing a compilation record on their own via iTunes. Music from their vaults -- un-released and live tracks from 1983-1991."
Recently-returned RATT bassist Juan Croucier is the latest guest on Focus In The Mix With Denise Ames. In the rare interview, he talks about the late guitarist Robbin Crosby, Ratt's heyday and break up, his favourite Ratt music video, where Ratt N' Roll came from and much more.
Ratt planning iTunes compilation release and working on new album, Bassist Robbie Crane quits the band
Ratt is continuing to write songs for their new studio record, the follow-up to their 2010 comeback album 'Infestation', and also plan on releasing a compilation collection through iTunes. Stephen Pearcy explained, "While Ratt writes and works on the next RoadRunner record 2012, the band will be releasing a compilation record on their own via iTunes. Music from their vaults -- un-released and live tracks from 1983-1991."
Pearcy and guitarist Warren DeMartini have been demoing songs for the currently untitled album and recently worked with the Foo Fighters Dave Grohl recording and filming for his Sound City Studios documentary. Ratt n' Grohl!
Vocalist Stephen Pearcy has recently locked in a publisher for the new book (no title yet), which should be finished later this year for an early 2013 release. You can also for Pearcy on a new episode of VH1 Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp, filming in February 2012.
One another Ratt question comes to mind, is it time for original bassist Juan Crocier to rejoin Ratt? It could be possible as Robbie Crane has officially quit the band, who he's played with since 1997. Crane said during an appearance Mar. 22nd on the "Headbangers At 11" show on 93.3 KDKB radio, "I've been playing in Lynch Mob since October of 2010. It's a thing that I've always loved doing, and I love playing with the band. As of recently, I've moved on from Ratt — I definitely quit Ratt —and I let them all know that. But you know what?! It's not because of Lynch Mob. I'd been with Ratt for 15 years and it was time to move on. I love being in Lynch Mob and this is where my heart's at."
Time to get the all the original guys back together, except of course for the late guitarist Robbin Crosby, may he rest in peace.
Ratt vocalist Stephen Pearcy recently talked with Robert Cavuoto of Guitar International, and he touched on a few topics including his new solo album "Sucker Punch", a new album and DVD from Ratt, the relationships within the band, and the possibility of bassist Juan Croucier coming back into the Ratt pack.
Guitar International: Tell me a little about your new (solo) CD, "Sucker Punch". One of the sample songs, "Too Much Is Never Enough", sounded like it was from Ratt's EP. What can the fans expect?
Stephen Pearcy: Well, it's probably one of the first records that I'm actually doing all the guitars on. Most people don't really know me as a guitar player, even as a writer, but those songs came from somewhere. The Ratt EP was literally all of my songs from the Mickey Ratt days, with the exception of "You Think You're Tough", which Robbin (Crosby, late Ratt guitarist) and I had penned together. That's the song that ended up getting us signed. I've been a guitar player for years, it's just overlooked. I'm doing the solos on both of the sample singles. I'm currently the label, but Roadrunner has an option on it. Whether they pick it up is irrelevant, because it will be heard. What I wanted to do this time, since I was writing so many songs, is for my fans to hear the process. Not just give them a basic track, but to give them a rough version. Feedback has been good. Depending on how the record is picked up, my manager and I have talked about a whole other approach to releasing a record that nobody has ever done before.
Guitar International: Are you going to save any of these songs for a new Ratt album?
Stephen Pearcy: This is so ironic. I haven't spoken to Warren (DeMartini, Ratt guitarist] in quite awhile. We had a break and I ran into him in a store the other day and we actually talked about getting together and starting the writing process. I told him I'd been writing Ratt music, which is totally different than my solo stuff. I'll tell you right now, you hit the nail on the head. Some of this stuff is early Ratt-like stuff that I'm writing, and it's a shame because it could be used for Ratt, but Warren's a total riff kind of guy. He's got plenty of stuff. He told me he's been writing, so when it goes down he and I will have plenty of songs. We even have some unfinished songs that were never used on Infestation. We'll be very prepared.
Guitar International: Do you have any demos from back in the day that never really got released that you could incorporate into Ratt? That would be pretty cool.
Stephen Pearcy: Yeah, but I have a plan for that stuff, like the real first Ratt live DVD I want to put out. I've got the biggest collection of bootlegged DVDs of Ratt music ever on the planet, every format. We have some unreleased songs, I'm not gonna tell people where to get it or what they are, but they're out there and I'll include them. The thing is finding out who really threw down those riffs. Back in the day we would just go in a room and jam and somebody could be playing bass. Somebody else could be playing guitar. We'll throw in some of those early tunes, never before heard. It's weird that they're out there. I think somebody lifted them from Robbin or the studios. You know how it happens. Some engineer says, "Fuck those guys. I'm gonna take this and one day it's gonna be worth something." [Laughing] "They're all loaded. Fuck those guys." And we probably were too!
Guitar International: Ratt is on hiatus due to taking care of some "business stuff." Can we assume that "business stuff" has all been taken care of?
Stephen Pearcy: We're just projecting that it should be by 2012. I mean, it should have been this year. If this all happens or something arises and he wants to start writing next month, I'll be available. That's the way it works. It should be a priority, but sometimes if things aren't in their proper alignment, there's no way we can be ready. All I know is we're both getting antsy. That's usually what brings us back together anyway, regardless of foolishness, lawsuits and all this other crap. That is over and done. It's time to be musicians and friends again.
Guitar International: Have you and Bobby Blotzer resolved your issues from the fallout from his book?
Stephen Pearcy: Yeah, until my book gets released. [Laughs] Life's a bitch, you know. I've got to tell you, the thing that bothered me wasn't the foolishness of the things said in the book, which were far from the truth. It was how he released it the day the tour started and the record came out. It was like this whole thing that kind of pissed us off. That's neither here nor there. We're dysfunctional, but we're not the most dysfunctional rock band out there. I don't give a shit.
Guitar International: What are the chances of ever getting Juan [Croucier, former Ratt bassist] back in the band? I know that a lot of longtime fans would like to see that happen.
Stephen Pearcy: The bottom line: the band is never gonna be what it once was. We can only do the best we can to present that same music that you want to hear. Even if he were to come back, it probably still wouldn't be the same. So what's the better course? The bass player that we have now who's been there much longer than Juan was ever in the band. Probably twice as long as Juan was in the band, he's been there, so it's an interesting Catch-22. It would be great. Me, I'm all for that kind of thing. The more of the original gang, the better. But we don't know. I don't know. Who knows?
Check out the full interview here: guitarinternational.com
Stephen Pearcy of Ratt talked to noisecreep.com recently about all things Ratt n' Roll, his upcoming solo album and more. He also remembered guitarist Robbin Crosby, who passed away nine years ago this month from a heroin overdose. Before his death, Crosby battled AIDS as a result of his drug use.
Besides his Metal in America tour and upcoming 'Sucker Punch' solo album, Pearcy will also be releasing his very own hot sauce line. "I can't sit around waiting for stuff to happen. I like to keep busy. While Ratt is on hiatus, I figured I would do all of these other cool projects. Ratt has another album on our Roadrunner Records contract so I'm excited to do that at some point. I just hope it doesn't take another 10 years to get the s--- out," he laughs. Check out the full interview here: noisecreep.cpm/stephen pearcy