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Ratt: It is a Metal Band, Not the Rodent

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Ratt is a hair metal band that had extreme commercial success in the 1980’s. The image that the band originally had was inspired by bands such as the New York Dolls, KISS and Alice Cooper. The sound of Ratt was influenced by Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper.

This band was formed by vocalist Stephen Pearcy in 1978 in San Diego. At that time, the band was called Mickey Ratt; the original members of this band were: Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Chris Hagar (guitar), Matt Thorr (bass) and John Turner (drummer).

The first single of Mickey Ratt was called “Dr. Rock / Drivin’ on E”, it was recorded in 1980 and it was given to the fans that went to see their first shows. In 1982, the name of the band was shortened to Ratt and in that same year, Ratt included a song called “Tell the Word” on a compilation album called Metal Massacre.

The constant change of members has characterized this band; even Stephen Pearcy left. The current members of Ratt are: Jizzy Pearl (vocals), Warren DeMartini (guitar), John Corabi (guitar), Robbie Crane (bass) and Bobby Blotzer (drums).

The discography of this band includes: Ratt EP, Out of the Cellar, Invasion of Your Privacy, Dancing Undercover, Reach For The Sky, Detonator, Ratt & Roll 81-91, Collage and Ratt. In the last two years, Ratt has been featured in the Rock Never Stops Tour along other rock bands of the 1980’s.

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