Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy recalls the first time that he thought “he made it”
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy was recently interviewed by Metal Edge Mag. Pearcy was asked a number of “first time” type questions including the first time that he thought he made it with Ratt to which he replied:
“There’s two times. The first is when we finished recording the Ratt EP. Robbin [Crosby] and I were out in Hollywood, tripping around, trying to get the word out. And there were two big stations in L.A. – KLOS was one and KMET was the other. And lo and behold, Robbin and I are coming back from town at, like, 2:30, 3:00 in the morning, and we hear “You Think You’re Tough” on KMET, probably on the Local Licks show or something. And then we heard it on KLOS like five minutes after. We were just screaming in the car: “They’re playing our song! We’re on the radio! We’re gonna be huge!” Because you have to understand, even though we were a huge draw locally in L.A., Ratt were one of the last bands to get signed. That’s why we recorded the EP. We would be selling out places, with people lined up around the block, but nobody gave us the time of day. It was crazy. So that was a “holy shit” moment.
And then the other time that I thought we made it, I was with Robbin again, and we were in a limo driving into Madison Square Garden. To go park there you have to go through these round tunnels that are like a corkscrew, and they just go up and up and up. It’s like Led Zeppelin in The Song Remains the Same. I remember sitting next to him and actually saying “I think we’ve made it.” Although by that time we had actually already made it, so maybe it doesn’t count…”
You can read the rest of the interview with Stephen Pearcy at Metal Edge Mag‘s website.