The 66-year-old singer recently discussed the prospect of working with guitarist Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer, all of whom were part of the classic Ratt lineup that released multi-platinum smashes such as Out of the Basement and Violation of your privacy. (Guitarist Robbin Crosby, who rounded out the quintet, died in 2002.) “It’s all business pretty much,” Pearcy Eddie Trunk said. “There’s no business in the Ratt camp and that’s unfortunate, but you know that’s where I do my part.”
Ratt did a tour as recently as last year with Pearcy and Croucier as the only classic members, but the singer said he regrets the arrangement. “It just doesn’t, you know?” he said to Trunk. “I mean, look, it would be great if we all got together, but it’s not going to happen. You’re dealing with a lot of ego. Who knows? I don’t know. I don’t care, actually. It’s here it starts and here it will end and it’s with me and I’m out there just doing what I do.
“I’d rather be out there [solo] than having the band out there with just me and the bass player in Ratt,” continued Pearcy. “That’s not what Ratt was. Ratt was Crosby, Pearcy, DeMartini, Bobby and Juan, and so be it. I’d rather give some integrity to the band, because it was a great rock band, and just keep doing what I’m doing. You can’t beat a dead horse or try to screw people over.”
Pearcy had some good news for Ratt fans: He recently signed to Golden Robot Records and plans to release Aftermath career retrospectivewhich will feature archival material dating back to 1976, including “early Ratt med Jake E. Leelive Ratt, Arcade, solo covers, the last song written with Robbin, the last song written with Warren and more.” A reissue of Ratt’s 1983 self-titled EP was also due to arrive next year.
Ultimately though, the buck stops with Pearcy when it comes to hearing classic Ratt tunes. “Warren, I guess, is just choosing to sit back, from what I understand, and that’s all cool,” he said. “I have the last song me and him wrote, I’m putting it out. It’s great. But yeah, this is it. If you want to hear Ratt, you’ll get it here.”
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