Ratt Biography


As the story goes, RATT helped pioneer Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Strip sound and scene in the 1980's. Created by lead singer songwriter Stephen Pearcy 1982.

Pearcy regrouped with friend Robbin Crosby (also from San Diego) then changed the name of his band to RATT. The band rehearsed and played the clubs in and around L.A. for over a year.

They soon recorded and released their own six song E.P. RATT in 1983. Their single, "You Think Your Tough", (Pearcy/Crosby) the song became a staple on local L.A. radio stations KMET and KLOS. RATT EP sold well over 100,000 copies.
RATT was a headliner and selling out local shows. They found themselves opening a show for ZZ Top. The band was called back onstage. RATT was on a roll.

Signed to Atlantic Records in 1984 the bands debut album "Out of the Cellar" (Warren De Martini, Stephen Pearcy, Bobby Blotzer, Robbin Crosby and Juan Croucier) went over 3x Platinum in 1984 behind the hit single "Round & Round", "Back for More" and "Wanted Man". RATT would tour with Billy Squire and Ozzy Osbourne before going on to headline their own arena tours around the globe. World infestation had begun.

Since 1983 to present the band has sold in excess of (15) million records in the US alone. Their first (4) records went Platinum plus and the arenas concerts were selling out.

RATT released (2) records, Collage in 1997 and RATT 1999 before their latest "Infestation in 2010.
Also releasing the Best of CD Tell the World: The Very Best of Ratt and their 3rd long form DVD, RATT Videos from the Cellar: The Atlantic Years.

This year 2013 Rhino/Warner Music Group recently released RATT "Original Album Series, a (5) album box set with the albums "Out of the Cellar' thru "Detonator" for the rabid RATT fans to have something to sink their teeth into.

RATT signed to RoandRunner/Loud & Proud for 2010 "Infestation" The band has been writing for their 10th studio record to be released in 2014, followed by a world tour.

“Our music is like it was in the beginning,” Pearcy says. “We're gonna celebrate (30) years later in 2014, with a new record and world tour keeping Ratt N’ Roll alive.”

When we play concerts now, such a new generation. We’re seeing kids of people who grew up with us, but the reaction is the same,” adds DeMartini. “It doesn’t seem to matter where we are in the world.”

With all surviving original members; Pearcy, De Martini, Croucier, Blotzer and Carlos Cavazo (replacing original member Robbin Crosby) back in the Ratt pack, the band will again start work on the new studio record 2014.

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iplaypearldrums // August 20, 2012 10:17:48 AM UTC

Great drum sound. & guitars & vocals,....lol


rdddymk // April 23, 2012 5:06:43 AM UTC

Please tell me your story about Ratt. I want to know. The Guys (Ratt) influenced me in so many ways, but I am a 'grown up' now. Tell me your story!


rdddymk // April 23, 2012 5:02:22 AM UTC



RattFanJL // April 22, 2012 9:34:04 PM UTC

@rdddymk: That was awesome. A very unique story from the other side of the tracks. I live in San Diego where Stephen P. started it all... so we go back a ways...all the way to 1972 when we met in high school, but I'll spare you the saga. The bottom line is, I hear you loud and clear. That song, and the others, does the same for me. Wherever I go and whenever I party, it's Ratt, Ratt, Ratt all the way!


rdddymk // April 20, 2012 5:11:52 AM UTC

Dear Ratt. My name is Rodney Schultz and I live in Avon, IN. I am 44 years old and I am married with two grown step-children. My wife works for a major bank I work for a big home improvement store. I am not going to tell you about my childhood and how rock and roll influenced me or my family. No bands in the 80's influenced me. I knew what I/we had to do to survive. Work, pay our bills, earn our right to take a vacation and have a beer every now and then. On the other hand there was a song that I heard called Round and Round on the local radio that just stuck with me. Thanks for that song and the others that followed.


RattFanJL // April 12, 2012 3:25:43 AM UTC

@Dobe_Lvr1437: Well, Dobe, you're almost correct. It wasn't Mickey Rat. It was Mickey Ratt (with two "t"s)...but I think we all know what you meant. A Ratt is a Rat


Dobe_Lvr1437 // April 10, 2012 6:59:56 PM UTC

@robbinbird: You're correct....Metalstandin obviously knows nothing about Warren, RATT or any of them!!! They were originally Mickey Rat before officially changing the name to RATT!


Bigmoe // March 21, 2012 7:02:50 PM UTC

It is amazing how good a fit that Carlos is to the band! It really sounds and feel's like Robin is still here with us. And yet it is still the perfect RATT sound with a fresh twist!

Only a few band's have ever been so fortunate to have this, AC/DC (Bon Scot / Brian Johnson) & Lynyrd Skynyrd ( Allen Collins / Rickey Medlock)


rattlover // September 23, 2011 7:24:02 PM UTC

I really want to see them live. I love this band. so im only 18 and the only concert I have been to was Poison....so that shows you how much of a dork I am. But I love Warren and Stephen!!!!


fb_peter_siroka // August 21, 2011 4:36:09 PM UTC

For me definitely one of the best bands i listened to. You rock!

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