According to RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy, a rather “lucrative” and “amazing” offer has been put on the table for a reunion of the classic lineup of RATT (minus late guitarist Robbin Crosby of course).
During an appearance earlier today (Wednesday, April 27) on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, Pearcy was asked if there had been any new information on the classic band lineup reuniting.
Pearcy responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “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,” he explained. “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,” Pearcy explained. “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.”
When asked why a classic RATT reunion can’t happen, Stephen replied: “Look, 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.”
When asked if there was a “lack of communication” (also the name of a classic RATT song, which we’re sure you already knew) between the members of the band’s classic lineup, Stephen said: “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 was then asked if he believes that some of the members of the band’s classic lineup are simply “checked out”, Stephen said : “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.”
Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier are the sole remaining original members in RATT’s most recent lineup, which also features drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK ‘N BLUE, RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER) and guitarists Jordan Ziff (Marty Friedman) and Frankie Lindia (David Lee Roth).