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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RattFanJL // August 09, 2010 4:35:02 AM UTC

@TMT: Great to hear you saw the show too. My GF and I did the road trip from San Diego. We parked at Costa Mesa High School and had a mini tail-gater and drank scotch before show while listening to Ratt CDs. The show was great...and I even think Stephen had more than a few before the show. It was also the deal of the century - Two great bands; fair admission; free ferris wheel ride for $12.50 a person. What a blast!


TMT // August 06, 2010 10:57:05 PM UTC

recently saw ratt at the o.c. fair aug 1 2010 they sounded better than ever. great job robbie you kick ass !!


tomratt67 // August 05, 2010 9:02:13 PM UTC

raley field show in sac!! ratt rocked!! was great to see carlos!
him and warren played with soul!


kaoquinn // July 10, 2010 5:12:49 PM UTC

RATT two words. Thank you. What a great CD, Welcome Back!


shannon71 // May 24, 2010 2:14:50 AM UTC

That was a great story. I had a Ratt moment today too. Pulling into HomeDepot my bf was switching the station on the radio and I caught the end of it. I looked at him and said....Oh yea that was new Ratt.


RattFanJL // May 12, 2010 4:14:58 AM UTC

@jsesprad: Absolutely golden! Excellent "moment"! Love it!


RattFanJL // May 12, 2010 2:33:09 AM UTC

Hey, OBSRNR (short for "Older But Still Ratt N Rollin'"), speaking of old (although Ratt keeps us feeling young), some of us "baby boomers" from San Diego were (still are) friends with SEP and used to watch Warren when he was just a little La Jolla kid playing gigs near Pacific Beach. He was phenomenal. It's no surprise he is where he is and has been where he has been…like all the Ratt boys. So awesome to see that he inspired you. A lot of us shared some high school classes with "King Rat" Pearcy and stayed in touch through the early days and occasionally today. We were lucky enough to have enjoyed the early Mickey Ratt daze in the late 70's at local clubs and even the house parties. I wore out my original vinyl LPs but I love to break the re-masterd CDs and crank 'em. I could go on and on but, Flash Forward to today, this Ratt resurrection and infestation is nothing short of a wild dream…and I don't wanna wake up! 


RattFanJL // May 12, 2010 2:29:47 AM UTC

@Richie: Tue May 11 2010 – It will be difficult for me not to ramble on but great to see your post – not to take away from all of the great posts so far…but, man, it is so awesome to see all of the mutual excitement. We ran into Bobby at one of the many huge bars at Pechanga Resort after the Temecula show. Such a cool dude…as is the same for Robbie who was also there. They were so appreciative of the positive comments and compliments on the show. It was a completely surreal night. I just wish Carlos, Stephen & Warren were at the bar. hahaha!


jsesprad // May 12, 2010 1:50:30 AM UTC

I had a RATT moment. Walked into Best Buy last night to buy a printer and "Best of Me" was playing nice and load through out the store. My wife looked at me and saw that I had the biggest smile on my face. And I said "that's right baby, RATT N' ROLL is back!


HastyP // May 11, 2010 11:45:44 PM UTC

New cd kicks ass! Ratt N Roll is back better than ever! Come up to Canada boys, we need to see ya soon.

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