Stephen Pearcy has not ruled out the possibility of a RATT reunion without drummer Bobby Blotzer, explaining that "good things come to those who wait."
The former RATT singer's comments come less than a week after three members of RATT's classic lineup — Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier and guitarist Warren DeMartini — reunited at the Los Angeles birthday party of former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend. Also joining them at the event were former QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on RATT's last studio album, 2010's "Infestation", and ex-WHITE LION drummer Greg D'Angelo, a longtime member of Pearcy's solo band.
Notably absent was Blotzer, who has been touring the U.S. for the last few months with his own version of RATT, featuring several new members alongside bassist Robbie Crane, who previously played bass for RATT from 1996 to 2012 and appeared on the band's 1999 self-titled album and "Infestation".
Speaking to Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon earlier today (Thursday, August 4), Pearcy was asked if the reunion photographs that surfaced over the weekend were an indication of something more substantial happening further down the line. He responded: "Well, the bottom line is we still all talk — Juan, Warren and I. Warren and I actually got together and wrote a song a while back, which is phenomenal.
"Everybody was just taking these pictures, and I just liked one [so I decided to post it on my social media sites]. [Laughs] I thought it was time to… you know, never say never. And that was pretty much about it. Not immediately, but I think the picture spoke a thousand words."
Pressed about whether he thought he might work with Warren and Juan again in the not-too-distant future, Stephen said: "Juan has jammed with me several times, and who knows what will happen soon enough? We're just waiting for some dust to settle. I really can't say anything right now, but if the public has any positive message, it's being heard.
"It's like Western days: dust settles, things happen. Just never say never. And it's not gonna be called 'TTAR' either."
Pearcy also addressed the legal battle that is playing out between DeMartini and Blotzer over the rights to the RATT name, with the guitarist filing a lawsuit last fall claiming that the drummer was falsely advertising his "tribute band" as the real thing. That dispute is still pending in California state court.
"Let me explain something here: It's not our doing; it's one person who has decided… They're trying to change the course of history," the singer said. "Now, we're in the history books if we never play again.
"You wanna know who did what? Do some research. This isn't something to where if you hear it enough, you'll believe it. I think our fans are smarter than that worldwide. So I'll just leave it at that."
Stephen went on to reiterate the fact that the legal process will have to play itself out before any announcements could be made regarding a RATT reunion that doesn't include Blotzer.
"I say 'never say never,' and that's pretty much the way it is," Pearcy said. "We're all friends — most of us [laughs] — and we still have integrity for what we created. And we're not out there trying to bullshit people, talking down on people; that's pretty adolescent. We're grownups. It's a business. It's not a 'me-me-me' situation. So it takes time. Good things come to those who wait. And we'll see what happens."
He continued: "I can't speak for a person out there trying to convince people that we never existed. But we're grown men. We make careful moves and decisions. So if something happens, it's supposed to. It's not that we're trying to stay in the game, or need to. We just like what we do. When things are right, they're very good. And I think we're getting there.
"Like I said, when the dust settles, people will know."
Blotzer's new version of RATT played shows early last year under the name BOBBY BLOTZER'S RATT EXPERIENCE before the drummer announced that he was taking control of the RATT name.
Blotzer and DeMartini are the only remaining shareholders in WBS, Inc., the company which manages the business and operations related to RATT.
WBS, Inc. was originally formed by Blotzer, DeMartini and Pearcy. Pearcy lost his share of the name in court after splitting with the group in 2000. He returned to the band in 2006 but exited again in 2014. Blotzer later expressed his desire to keep RATT alive with a new singer, but explained that DeMartini did not want to tour as RATT without Pearcy.
Blotzer's revamped RATT is rounded out by vocalist Josh Alan (ex-SIN CITY SINNERS) and guitarists Doc Ellis (Jizzy Pearl's LOVE/HATE) and Nicholas "Blaze" Baum.
Croucier played a number of shows last year with a band called RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER, which also features Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE), Mike Moore and Toni Aleman. WBS — with Blotzer acting as both chairman of the board and president — later sued the bassist, claiming that Croucier was using the RATT logo "on all advertisements, web sites, merchandise, marquees, fliers, and record jackets" and was "referring to himself as 'The Other Voice of RATT,' even though… he was never the lead singer of RATT."
Happy B Day Lonn, good seeing ya last night. Great bash. pic.twitter.com/bb8xc3ZVag— STEPHEN PEARCY (@StephenEPearcy) July 30, 2016