Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy spoke to rock journalist Mitch Lafon about Pearcy‘s departure from the group and his plans for his solo career.
Pearcy announced his exit from RATT on Thursday (April 24), saying that he was “officially done with having anything to do with them due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum, and most of all, the disrespect to the fans.”
Despite the fact that he is no longer a member of RATT, Pearcy said he is willing to release another studio album with RATT to fulfill a contractual obligation to the band’s label, Loud & Proud Records. “That’s not saying there won’t be another RATT record,” he told Lafon. “It just won’t be under the circumstance of a band going into the studio and this-and-that. I just won’t be playing in that band anymore, and pretty much put that to rest.” He added that he is “still committed to this record… Warren [DeMartini, guitar] and I actually wrote a great song months ago at MT Studios, my bass player’s studio. If that’s the last thing that gets out and the only thing, it’s a good thing. But you know, I said I’d do it. But I never want to be involved with my band again. That’s just the bottom line.”
Addressing some of fans’ misconceptions about his role in RATT, Pearcy said: “I wrote a lot of the music, if not every song, or co-wrote every song with some of the guys…. Contrary to what people might think or what they’re told, it’s my music… I’m a guitar player first and foremost. I don’t know if people know this or if they really care. I don’t. Publishing speaks for itself, but I’m content. We’ve sold a lot of records. This music will live way beyond any of our lives. It’s all great. My kid’ll be happy one day, and it’s all that matters.”
Pearcy said that he had no regrets, and he is focusing on moving forward with his solo career. “I don’t have time to waste entertaining negative anything from anybody,” he said. “But hey, I appreciate everybody who came to the party and it’s not over. It’s just a new beginning. It’s a good thing, and it’s a long time coming.”
Regarding his plans for his fourth solo album, Pearcy said: “I’m just going to release a few songs. Or maybe a song a week until there’s 13 songs, because I like that number. After 13 songs, we’ll release it as a CD.”