Stephen Pearcy feels former Ratt guitarist Jake E. Lee is a “one guitar band guy”
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy was recently interviewed by Shawn Ratches for the Laughing Monkey Music podcast.
Pearcy has been indicating of late that he won’t do another Ratt record without the remaining “original” (or classic line-up) members consisting of guitarist Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer. Last month, Pearcy stated in an interview on the 80’s Glam Metalcast podcast that he didn’t know if he would ever play with guitarist Carlos Cavazo again. Cavazo played on Ratt‘s last studio album Infestation, which finished at #1 on the Sleaze Roxx Readers’ Top 20 Albums of 2010, #2 on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top Ten Albums of 2010 and #9 on the Sleaze Roxx’s Top 12 Albums of The Decade (2010-2019).
Ratches suggested to Pearcy that perhaps Ratt could get former member Jake E. Lee to fill the second guitarist spot in the band, which has never truly been settled since guitarist Robbin Crosby passed away on June 6, 2002. Lee was in Ratt back in 1981 before the band released its debut self-titled EP.
Pearcy indicated (as provided by the Laughing Monkey Music podcast and further transcribed by Sleaze Roxx with slight edits): “Yeah. Already he was kind of… I don’t know if we even approached him back then. I know it’s a he’s a whole, Yeah, he’s a one guitar band guy. He needs that because of his playing and and that’s one of the reasons — I don’t know maybe he didn’t like me or something [laughs] towards the end — but you know, that was one of the reasons he left. He’s not a two guitar guy. I wanted to bring another guy in and start this whole new thing. Started out as me singing and playing guitar, then no, ‘Hey Jake, you’re the guy’ and so who knows but we’re not talking any of that now. I think that it would be great for the fans, our friends. I call our fans ‘friends.’ I think it would be way cool. We’ll see what happens. I make no promises but one thing is — I put it out there — I’m not going to do a record without the original guys. It just doesn’t make sense.”
You can listen to the interview with Stephen Pearcy on the Laughing Monkey Music podcast below: