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STEPHEN PEARCY

This picture of Stephen Pearcy was taken sometime between 2000 and 2003.

Band members at the time included:

Stephen Pearcy's long-running career began in Los Angeles during the early '80s fronting the band Ratt. The band released its self-titled debut independently in 1983, just as the so-called hair metal scene was gaining momentum. Ratt was both flamboyant and rebellious, and Pearcy's screaming vocals and dolled-up looks helped the band stand out among its many peers. Atlantic Records recognized Ratt's potential and signed the band to a contract resulting in the 1984 album Out of the Cellar, which became a mammoth success, led by the pop-metal hit "Round and Round."

In subsequent years, Ratt continued to release successful albums and perform sold-out shows, yet when the hair metal scene withered away in the early '90s - and the band with it - Pearcy decided to start anew. His new venture, Arcade (1993-1994), didn't sound much different than Ratt, and he soon found himself starting over once again with the industrial-metal band Vertex (1996) and then yet again with the straightforward metal band Vicious Delite (2000) after a short-lived Ratt reunion in 1997 (see below). By this point, Pearcy had slowly descended into relative obscurity, but he refused to quit. He began his own label, Top Fuel, aligned it with the L.A.-based Triple X label, and began issuing archival material such as Before and Laughter (2000), a collection of odds and ends from his past. He also issued a Vicious Delite album. He followed with Social Intercourse in 2002, his first proper solo album. By this point, Pearcy's reputation had blossomed a bit thanks to a curious renewed interest in '80s hair metal. However, Pearcy took a decidedly different musical direction with 2005's Fueler, which sounds more akin to alternative metal bands such as Godsmack than hair metal. The all-acoustic album Stripped followed in 2006.

As far as Ratt goes, they re-formed in 1996 as a four piece with Pearcy, DeMartini, Blotzer, and new member Robbie Crane (formerly of Vince Neil's solo band) on bass guitar. The band issued a compilation album called Collage, which consisted of B-sides, and alternate recordings. In 1999, Ratt secured a worldwide record deal with Sony. The 1999 self-titled Ratt album featured new material with a more conventional blues rock feel. It marked a change for the group as they abandoned their anthemic party tunes to focus on more serious themes. The album was heavily criticized by fans and critics which many felt that it had a weak sound to it and Pearcy's vocals sounded very worn out. The album then became a commercial failure. After this, Ratt added Keri Kelli as a second lead guitarist. In 2000, Pearcy left the group again, forming two more bands: the above-mentioned Vicious Delite and Nitronic, then he moved on to his solo career. Ratt then replaced Pearcy with singer Jizzy Pearl. Keri Kelli was replaced by lead guitarist and former M?y Cr?alist John Corabi. Their gig at the House of Blues in 2000 was released as a bootleg CD. In 2001, former guitarist Robbin Crosby publicly announced that he suffered from AIDS. He died in 2002 from an overdose of heroin and not from AIDS related complications. The last two years, they've been featured in the Rock Never Stops Tour alongside other 1980s hard rock/heavy metal bands. In 2001 Pearcy attempted to sue the band for touring under the "Ratt" name, claiming he owned the rights to the name. The lawsuit was a failure, after Blotzer and DeMartini were awarded the rights to use the name.

As fate would have it, Juan Croucier's band and Stephen Pearcy's band toured with one another during the summer and fall of 2006, and in a surprise to many, Blotzer joined them onstage at a show on October 27, 2006. This led to Pearcy once again joining Ratt to go on tour with Poison in the summer of 2007 and to perform at glam metal festival "Rocklahoma." However, Croucier chose not to participate in this reunion so Crane continued to be a member of Ratt.

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