Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy was interviewed by Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon for a recent edition of the “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast (Facebook page).
Asked if he thinks there will ever be a follow-up album to RATT‘s 2010 CD, “Infestation”, Pearcy said: “It’s a little too late for that. I doubt [it will happen]. Time has passed. Warren [DeMartini, guitar] and I were actually working on music, and there is a song that we actually recorded. And if it sees the light of day, I would be very proud of it, and he would too. We finished it, and it’s done, recorded. And if that’s it, that’s it. But I don’t see any future in RATT and moving on. There’s too much unresolved stuff, and it’s okay. There’s other things going on, and there’s no need for that. I’m happy with the legacy. We’re all doing different things. As a matter of fact, Juan Croucier, the original bass player of RATT… him and I will be, actually, doing a project later in the year — later in the year after I’m done touring. He’s come out and jammed with me many times, but I think we’re gonna do a whole another project. It won’t interfere with my solo stuff and my band, but we will be working on something real soon.”
RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer recently said that he decided to go out on the road and perform the band’s hits with the RATT EXPERIENCE after a disagreement over the ownership of the RATT name made it impossible for the original members of the group to work together.
During an appearance on the April 6 edition of Eddie Trunk‘s SiriusXM satellite radio show, “Eddie Trunk Live”, Blotzer stated about RATT‘s split with Pearcy: “The problem that lies in RATT really is not just our lead singer. It’s the fact that him and the bass player, Mr. Juan Croucier, they wanna own part of [the RATT] name. So, to me, it’s just like going round and round… I’m not trying to pun on that, but it’s just insane that we’re still at this point now that we’re five years [after the release of the ‘Infestation’ album]…
According to Blotzer, he is willing to give up the rights to the RATT name in order to get the band back out on the road, but DeMartini is less willing to budge.
“I actually offered my name up. ‘Take my ownership in this name. I don’t care,” Blotzer said. “I just wanna rock. I wanna work. I wanna play.'”
He continued: “The truth is really I’ve been trying very hard with the likes of Stephen… You know, I’m talking to these guys indivudally and nobody… It’s just like a stalemate that nobody will bend on except me. And I’m not trying to slap myself on the back, but it’s… It’s kind of a scenario where I wanna play and I don’t wanna go put some new original band together and go out where nobody knows who it is.”
Blotzer added: “Warren has made it impossible to work, because he won’t tour with a new singer. Let’s just say, his position is he wants the original band to be the RATT out there. And I get it; I do too. You know?! But it’s, like, well, dude, if they’re not coming, then let’s move ahead here. I wanna play. We can play big gigs, we can earn well, financially, with another singer. But I think he’s playing this waiting game. He’s waiting for Stephen and Juan to cave. I don’t know… It’s at a five-year standstill. And I’m, like, Pearcy‘s 58, I’m 56, Warren‘s four years younger than me, Croucier is a year and a half younger… Whatever. You know, it’s, like, I don’t wanna fuck around anymore. I wanna go and play for the fans, go and play for my family and my own just fun of working and earning the way I do with RATT.”