When Members of Motley Crue and Ratt Almost Formed a Band
Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy opened up about the band he nearly formed with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee.
Along with Ratt’s late guitarist Robbin Crosby, they rehearsed several times around 1981 before each band decided to follow their own instructions. At the time, Ratt was known as Mickey Ratt and Crue were still in the early stages of dating.
“Robbin and I used to go to Hollywood all the time… ‘You have to be seen; you must be there. “,” Pearcy told Tommy London on SiriusXM (as reported by Blabbermouth), admitting that some details remained unclear to him. Nikki, Tommy, Vince [Neil]they would do the same thing – you know, stumble on the Strip, go to the Rainbow, go here, get screwed. […] In short, we meet them on the Strip, hanging out. We became friends and we became the Gladiators, which was our street thing.
He thought Sixx wasn’t “really happy” with how his career was going. “Musicians were going back and forth in bands, as the whole implosion started – ’81, ’82 in LA and all that Strip stuff. He wasn’t happy with his band at that point.
Pearcy continued: “Robbin, Nikki, Tommy and myself, [with] me on guitar, rehearsing at Mickey Ratt’s rehearsal in Culver City… I think we rehearsed a few times. I don’t know if we wanted to start a band or if we were just jamming, but something was getting intense in there. But it didn’t go much further. “Nikki is, like, ‘Nah – I’m going to go do my thing.’ And I said, ‘Well, here I am. Me and Robbin doing our thing. And so be it.
He speculated that if the project had continued, they almost certainly would have called themselves the Gladiators. “I should check with my roadie at the time,” he said. “I forget the shit. We almost took it seriously, if I remember correctly…it happened a couple of times.
He added that a more detailed version of the story will appear in an upcoming memoir, which will follow the 2014 one. Sex, drugs, ratt & roll: my life in rock. “I’m doing another book, part two, next year,” he said, “and that’s actually one of the stories that I sort of stuck with.”
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