Stephen Pearcy, Whiskey Au Gogo, December 19 2014
By GERRY GITTLESON/METAL SLUDGE
Ratt was once among the world’s biggest acts, but all that remains from the Los Angeles group’s legacy is Stephen Pearcy in the wake of the curly-haired singer’s permanent departure last year, in addition to bassist Robbie Crane joining Black Star Riders, drummer Bobby Blotzer taking a medical leave and co-guitarist Carlos Cavazo quietly announcing just recently his retirement from the music business.
He’s 58 now, but Pearcy continues rocking along, drawing a near-capacity crowd to the Whisky on Friday, December 19 for a well-received concert that included most of Ratt’s hits that made the fivesome so popular in the first place at the very same club, where Ratt was once the venue’s house band before signing with Atlantic, then releasing a string of platinum albums celebrated by a succession of arena tours.
Instead of playing for 20,000 or so like Ratt would do on a good night back in the day, Pearcy has been relegated to small clubs – that’s got to be humbling for a man who once proclaimed a quota of three groupies per day – but you couldn’t tell by his positive attitude nor the way he dutifully performed at the Whisky. And sure enough, the crowd loved it, even though there weren’t as many of us as Pearcy probably would have wanted.
Three songs into the set, Pearcy and his mates tore their way into “Lack of Communication,” and for a moment, it was just like 1987.