Stephen Pearcy has apologized for his disastrous performance at last night's RATT concert in Huntington.
Fan-filmed video footage of the show at The Paramount showed Pearcy slurring his way through some of RATT's biggest hits while sitting down and nearly lying down on the drum riser. The 62-year-old singer also appeared to be slouching or leaning on to the bass drum during "Round And Round" and holding on to the tom-tom stand and bass drum to keep from falling over.
Earlier today, Pearcy released the following statement via RATT's official Facebook page: "I want to apologize to RATT fans for last night's performance and especially to those that were at the show.
"I am dealing with a pain-management issue due to a bad knee that is scheduled to be replaced in January. And last night, I made the critical error of adding alcohol to my pain meds while on stage, and it destroyed my performance.
"Again, there is no excuse for my behavior.
"I sincerely apologize to RATT fans, my band, Live Nation, my friends, and family."
At one point during last night's set, RATT bassist Juan Croucier told the audience that Pearcy was in "a lot of pain" due to an "injured" knee, and said that he and his bandmates refused to cancel the show because they "love each and every one" of their fans.
Croucier said (see video below): "Let me just say something, all right? In case you guys didn't notice, Mr. Stephen Pearcy is in a lot of pain. But tonight, we said there's no way, there's no way we're canceling this show. Because we love you guys. We love each and every one of you, and thank you so much for coming down. We promise we'll be back, without the injury, okay? Thank you so much for your understanding. We're gonna keep going and do our best."
Croucier and Pearcy are the sole remaining original members in RATT's current incarnation, which also includes drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE) and guitarists Jordan Ziff (RAZER) and Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY).
Back in 2008, RATT made headlines in Mexico when the band was forced to cut short its concert in Monterrey after Pearcy appeared to be incapacitated and was unable to complete the show. RATT's then-rhythm guitarist John Corabi, who is best known for having replaced Vince Neil as the frontman for MÖTLEY CRÜE in the early 1990s, apologized to the crowd and blamed the mishap on "jet lag" before taking over on lead vocals for a few tracks.
In a 2014 interview, RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer, who is not involved with the group's latest lineup, said that Pearcy's battles with the bottle were the source of many arguments among the bandmembers. "I'm the only one that will confront him on this," Bobby said. "And confront him on, 'Dude, you can't go on stage in this condition. Don't be motioning to my drum tech to get you a glass of Jack when we're playing.' 'Cause we all have agreed to not drink and get intoxicated on stage."
He continued: "I don't care if somebody has a couple of beers. But you know what?! When you're slamming Jack and whatever else you're taking — I'm not in his area all the time — but let's face it, man: we need him in his top form, he needs to be playing at his top game."
RATT's new lineup made its live debut on July 7 in Mulvane, Kansas.
@metalsludge Stephen Percy’s “knee” injury really carried over to his performance tonight! Hopefully his “knee” gets some attention ASAP! Thank god I was only at the show for Juan’s sweet moves or I would have been disappointed pic.twitter.com/aqyRxj0E89— Sean (@seanh8syou) September 27, 2018