Stephen Pearcy To Release Fourth Solo Album In 2015

Stephen Pearcy To Release Fourth Solo Album In 2015

December 16, 2014

Ratt founder Stephen Pearcy will unleash his fourth solo record, ‘Smash’, in 2015. The album’s first single and video, “I Can’t Take It”, will be released later this month under Pearcy’s own Top Fuel Records.

In the studio on and off the road throughout the year, Pearcy and his Rat Bastards have been recording close to twenty five songs. “Until I have all the best songs to pick from, I won’t put the record out,” said Pearcy. “The songs we have are so good, no choice but to record as many as possible.”

In April of this year Pearcy said he was leaving the multi-platinum band Ratt “due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum and most of all, the disrespect to the fans.” However he didn’t rule out finishing the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Infestation’, which Sleaze Roxx called “the rebirth of the classic Ratt sound”, and the band’s first album with bassist Jaun Croucier since 1990’s ‘Detonator’.

“I’m not saying there won’t be another Ratt record, it just won’t be under a circumstance of a band going into the studio,” Pearcy told One On One With Mitch Lafon. “I just won’t be playing in that band anymore and pretty much put that to rest.”

Ratt’s current record contract with Loud & Proud/Roadrunner was for two albums, meaning they owe the label one more disc. “As I mentioned to my manager and the label representative, I am still committed to this record, I just don’t want to be involved with my band,” Pearcy continued. “My offer is out there, I still want to do this record and it will be done when I decide its going to get done! Warren (DiMartini, guitarist) and I actually wrote a great song months ago… and if that’s the last thing that gets out, and the only thing, its a good thing. I said I’d do it, but I never want to be involved with my band again — that’s just the bottom line.”

After the interview in April, Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer went on the offensive, saying Pearcy would be unable to release any new music and owed him a big chunk of money.

“Thanx for ruining my Saturday night with my wife,” stated Blotzer. “Stephen, my genius friend, #1 you’re not putting anything out as you’re signed to Roadrunner/Atlantic Records. #2, you still owe WBS Inc., ‘Bobby Blotzer, Warren DiMartini’, $1.8 million from the judgement in 2002. I know in your tweety bird mind you think that’s not real, but just as out attornry Kyle Kelley has shown you in the last couple months, it’s real — and time to collect. Bye, bye your publishing well after your departure from Earth.”

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