Dryw Keltz 2 p.m., Jan. 23
Sound description: Ratt lite. Call it Gerbil Rock.
RIYL: Ratt, Arcade, Vicious Delite, Vertex, Nitronic, Band From Hell, Mötley Crüe, Poison
- "Sprinkle Stephen Pearcy" · Jan. 25, 2017
- Musician Interviews: "Ratt 'n' Roll" · June 9, 2010
- "Ratt Doesn't Want You to Read This Reader Blog" · Oct. 23, 2007
- Blurt: "Former Ratt Singer Stephen Pearcy" · Jan. 20, 2005
Influences: Ratt, Aerosmith, the Sweet, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Van Halen, Whitesnake, Poison, Mötley Crüe, Faster Pussycat, Judas Priest, Dokken
Ratt singer Stephen Pearcy released several solo albums, before and after his various tenures with Ratt. He has also been in the bands Arcade, Vicious Delite, Vertex, Nitronic, and Band From Hell.
His 2005 album Fueler features the song “Drive With Me,” which has been featured on ESPN2’s weekly program devoted to National Hot Rod Association drag racing. Pearcy also released a compilation of reworked Ratt and Mickey Ratt songs in June 2005 called Rat Attack that included spots from ex-Dokken guitarist George Lynch and former L.A. Guns axeman Tracii Guns.
In 2008, Pearcy collaborated with the Donnas on a remake of the Ratt hit “Round and Round,” which is included on the U.S. release of Pearcy’s third solo album, Under My Skin.
In early 2011, he posted on his Twitter page that he has “finished re-recording a Ratt song (Wanted Man) today, a project for Big John, TBA. We did some filming. We’ll put up some pictures.” Around the same time, he announced that a fourth solo album was in the works.
Next, a new solo single “Too Much Is Never Enough” was released via iTunes. The song is taken from his album Sucker Punch. “RATT w/me involved will not be active 2011, maybe longer,” he posted on Twitter. “No new record, tour, or life w/me until things R back on track! Until then, M.I.A.”
Pearcy also wants to give you a burning sensation, by teaming up with High River Sauces to release flavors of hot sauce in 2012: Detonator Hot Sauce and The Kill BBQ Sauce. To promote his Top Fuel Verde Sauce, he appeared at a tasting and signing at the Hot Licks Hot Sauce Store in San Diego on May 26, 2012.
Pearcy says his book Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock (released May 23, 2013) does not bash his bandmates, unlike drummer Bobby Blotzer's 2010 book Tales Of a Ratt. “There was no reason to do that,” he told Guitar International. “Unfortunately, our drummer bad-rapped his own band in his book, not knowing the consequences.”
“I didn't need to bash my guys, whether I'm in or out of the band. You never know what's going to happen. It's one thing to be an asshole here and there – it's just part of what goes down when you're in this career.”
In late 2014, Pearcy announced that his fourth solo album would be called Smash, preceded by a single called "I Can't Take It." In addition, he announced that a set called Before & Laughter Part III (1977-2015) would be a career-spanning compilation featuring tracks from all of his various projects through the years.
The 2018 comedy Super Troopers 2 features Pearcy's newest recorded version of "Round and Round," featuring George Lynch, alongside tracks by fellow locals Low Volts and Blackout Party.
A solo album, View to a Thrill, dropped November 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl, written with guitarist Erik Ferentinos and preceded by a single for "I'm a Ratt," followed by "U Only Live Twice." Backing players on the album include guitarist Erik Ferentinos, bassist Matt Thorne, and drummer Scot Coogan.
Videos of a September 27, 2018 Ratt concert in Huntington, N.Y showed Pearcy being booed after slurring and forgetting lyrics. “I am dealing with a pain management issue due to a bad knee that is scheduled to be replaced in January," he later posted online, "and last night I made the critical error of adding alcohol to my pain meds while on stage, and it destroyed my performance.”