Blotzer taught Pearcy not to Ratt
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy learned how not to write a book through drummer Bobby Blotzer.
The singer releases Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock on May 23 – but he says he’s been careful not to badmouth his bandmates after the backlash Blozter experienced from his 2010 title Tales Of A Ratt.
Pearcy tells Guitar International: “There was no reason to do that. 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.”
He reflects: “We’re not the only band in history who were dysfunctional. It was just normal. It’s just how we lived. Some of us had bigger vices than others. You eventually grow through it or grow out of it. Eventually and hopefully, you get your shit together and you grow up.”
That’s why he doesn’t hold a grudge over Blotzer’s book. “He’s like a brother,” he insists. “We get through it in our own way. There’s an old expression we have: ‘Bob is Bob.’ There’s no reason to even talk about it. You fight with your brother sometimes and you say things you don’t mean, but I don’t want to say things that are nobody’s business. You make it work.”
Ratt welcomed back classic-era bassist Jan Croucier last year, and they’re working on a new album, the follow-up to 2010′s Infestation – which heralded an end to Blotzer’s brief stint with Geoff Tate’s Queensryche.
Pearcy is delighted to have Croucier back in the fold – and he’s grateful to previous incumbent Robbie Crane, who bowed out after six years. “God bless Robbie: even he was going, ‘You guys gotta get back together.’” says the singer. “Warren DeMartini and I approached Juan and we were like, ‘Oh, come on, let’s just make this happen – let’s just go out there and do it.’ I gotta tell you the first show we did was brilliant. It was like it always was back in the day.
“I’m looking forward to writing with him again. You gotta figure, Juan and I wrote You’re in Love, Lack of Communication and all these other great songs. That was Ratt. The four of us all wrote so much music together.”