Stephen Pearcy has a few regrets with respect to Ratt’s inner workings during the band’s Atlantic years

Stephen Pearcy has a few regrets with respect to Ratt’s inner workings during the band’s Atlantic years

Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy was recently interviewed by Andrew Daly for Goldmine Mag. Pearcy was promoting Ratt‘s box set The Atlantic Years 1984-1991 which was released on vinyl on June 9, 2023.

Pearcy was asked whether he has any regrets when looking back at Ratt‘s Atlantic era to which he replied: “Yeah… I’ve got a few regrets. But they’re internal and more in relation to the inner workings of the band. As for the music, there are no regrets. And honestly, the truth is that this is a dangerous occupation where you’re lucky if you stick around for more than one record. Like I said before, in the beginning, we were just happy to be there. But here we are all these years, and having sold millions of records… it could be worse.

Sure, it would be great if we were all still together and hanging out after 40 years, but that’s not the case. But it’s not like that wasn’t the plan; it’s just that other routes came up, and as they said, sh*t happens. This is a dirty business, but we survived, and that’s a huge reason why doing this box set is important to me. Us all coming together to make it happen is special. Even if we can’t all get in a room to play music together, at least we were able to accomplish this.”

Given that things are not perfect between the remaining classic era Ratt members (Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini, bassist Juan Croucier and drummer Bobby Blotzer) these days, Pearcy was happy to note that everyone participated in the release of Ratt‘s box set The Atlantic Years 1984-1991. Pearcy indicated: “Well, it’s Ratt‘s 40th anniversary, so that fired me up. And then again, considering that vinyl is cooler than ever, I figured now was as good a time as any to do something like this. And the great thing is that everyone involved with Ratt participated in making this happen. This is as close to a reunion as you’re going to get when it comes to Ratt. And while that’s unfortunate, this is a great box set. Opening this thing up is like being a kid on Christmas morning; it’s got posters and all kinds of goodies that the fans are just going to love. And to have it on vinyl is a treat because I think these albums are sounding better than ever.”

You can read the rest of the interview with Stephen Pearcy at Goldmine Mag‘s website.

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