Ratt Future Uncertain As Stephen Pearcy Leaves Band
April 24, 2014
The future of ’80s hard rock staples Ratt looks bleak, with the recent announcement that singer Stephen Pearcy would be leaving the band.
“After 30 years creating the band Ratt and losing a real brother, Robbin (Crosby), it’s time that I personally part ways with the band,” Pearcy told Metal Sludge. “I am officially done with having anything to do with them due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum and most of all, the disrespect to the fans.”
While the singer didn’t mention Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer by name, the two have been at odds for several years now and was the likely cause of the frontman’s departure from the group.
“I’m very content and proud of the legacy and the music I’ve created. This music will live well beyond any of our lifetimes,” Pearcy continued. “I owe no one anything but a huge heartfelt thank you for coming to the party for the last 30 years. With much respect, life goes on and the music I created will continue to be heard for years to come despite the dark clouds that have lingered for far too long. I will personally continue to make music and perform live shows.”
In January of this year Pearcy stated that he was writing material with guitarist Warren DeMartini for a brand new Ratt studio album to be released later this year, their first with bassist Juan Croucier since 1990’s ‘Detonator’. However, with today’s announcement that he would be walking away from the band, the possibility of new Ratt material doesn’t look promising. Regarding Ratt’s last studio album, 2010’s ‘Infestation’, Sleaze Roxx said, “All too often an ’80s band will say they are returning to their roots only to leave you scratching your head wondering what they are listening to. In this case Ratt was right on the money… Infestation is the rebirth of the classic Ratt sound.”
Courtesy of www.sleazeroxx.com