STEPHEN PEARCY On New Memoir - "I Had To Let People Know How Important Robbin Crosby Was, Not Just As A Friend, But In Creating RATT"
May 5, 2013, 4 years ago
RATT frontman STEPHEN PEARCY's memoir, Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll: My Life In Rock, will be released on May 7th via Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books. He recently spoke with Guitar International's Robert Cavuoto about the project. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
Robert: Besides the sex and the drugs, I really thought the underlying story was the friendship you and guitarist, Robbin Crosby had. How important was it for you to share that story?
Stephen Pearcy: "You’re right, the sex and the drugs were totally irrelevant to the real people. When I first met Robbin in the ‘70s, in San Diego, I knew right away back then that one day we were going to be jamming together. We always talked about it. It eventually happened and he was literally such an important part of the band. I had to let people know how important he was, not just as a friend, but creating Ratt."
Robert: What I liked was that it was positive reflections you put on him and not dwell on his demise with drugs. As a fan of the band since the’80s, I thought it was well-deserved, kudos to you for putting it out there.
Stephen Pearcy: "Thank you. He’s still well-respected and everybody thinks about the guy constantly like he’s still around. And when I do things with Ratt, I always keep him in mind, 'What would Robbin think? What would Robbin do?' He was my right-hand man. I don’t know how important anybody else in the band thinks they were, and there’re good people. The reality is that Robbin was a big part of Ratt."
Robert: Was there a period of time with the band that really resonates with you?
Stephen Pearcy: "The positive was definitely doing the self-titled EP or Out of the Cellar, because we waited so long to get them recorded. We were actually one of the last bands in LA and when it happened. We were like, 'Well, thank God, it’s about time.' We didn’t even give it much thought. We looked at each other, and said were on the same label as The Stones, let’s go. To me that was definitely a high point. Any band who has success over 10 years, are the luckiest people on the planet. We never thought it would last a year, let alone as long as it did."
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Pearcy has scheduled the following signing sessions:
May7 - Bookends - Ridgewood, NJ (6 PM)
9 - Changing Hands - Tempe, AZ (6 PM)
11 - Book Soup - Los Angeles, CA (1 PM)
A book description reads: A jaw-dropping tell-all from the lead singer of the 1980s supergroup Ratt: the groupies, the trashed hotel rooms, the drugs—and just how much you can get away with when you’re one of the biggest hair metal stars of all time.
In the mid-1980s, Ratt, alongside MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON, and QUIET RIOT, were laying down the riffs and unleashing the scissor kicks that would herald the arrival of music’s most flamboyantly debauched era. Now with Sex, Drugs, Ratt & Roll, Ratt frontman and chief rabble-rouser Stephen Pearcy divulges all the dirty details of the era when big-haired bands ruled the world.
Stephen was primed for a life of excess from an early age - his father died of a heroin overdose when he was twelve, and by the age of fifteen, Stephen was himself a drug addict. When Stephen met the thrill-seeking Robbin Crosby, he knew he’d found his perfect partner in crime - both in music and partying. Ratt’s 1984 debut single, 'Round and Round', became one of the top-selling metal songs of all time, but it was the band’s off-stage escapades that were the stuff of legend.
“Our tour bus is like our pirate ship, it’s where we rape and pillage,” said Pearcy in 1987. Now Pearcy’s memoir reveals all the rock star excess - the partying, the women, the $2,000-a-day drug habits - letting fans see into this harrowing hair-metal lifestyle and what it’s really like behind the scenes when you’re a rock star.