Stephen Pearcy: “I’m Into Legal Business, Not Deluding Tax Companies”

Published on April 29th, 2014

RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has made a reference to a contentious business proposal as a key reason for him quitting the band.
During a 40-minute interview on the Sirius XM Hair Nation satellite station hosted by Eddie Trunk, Pearcy refused to mention the name of drummer Bobby Blotzer, who has criticised him on social media, once.
But Pearcy, 54, made it clear that business failings played as big a role as personal issues in his decision to quit the multi-platinum band for the second time.
“We have yet to come to a business sense (sic) to keep us together,” Pearcy said.
“Paint me as the bad guy but I’m into legal business, not deluding tax companies and being involved in this scrupulous stuff that’s going to fuck me up in the end of the day.
“I chose not to be involved in this company thing and it’s pay-to-play.
“The business is so wrong. I’m done with the Ratt business.
“Nobody wants to be involved in any kind of legal BS these days.
“Whether I’m supposedly this hired guy or a part of this or a part of that or an officer of this, it doesn’t make sense to me after all these years.”
It is uncertain what form Ratt, which also includes guitarists Warren DeMartini and Carlos Cavazo , bassist Juan Croucier and Blotzer, will take without Pearcy. The singer twice made reference to “pay to play”, the system under which bands pay venues for the right to perform.
“We couldn’t get a business sensibility that’s legal, per se, going down,” he said. “I paid to play years ago, Troubadour, Gazzarri’s,…. “
Pearcy again stated his interest in doing a record with the band, even though he has no plans to perform live with them again.
“We didn’t get to where we wanted to go but there’s one thing I do want to accomplish and that’s an obligation to the label to do a record,” he told Trunk.
“We’re in the future here. Recording is so different these days. We can do a record and get it out – that’s all I want to do.
“I’ll sit in a room with some people and write. Warren and I just wrote probably the best song we’ve written in years at my bass player’s studio. If that’s the last thing that gets out, I would be amazed. I would be so happy because it’s such a good song. Warren does come up with great riffs. He is a riff master guy.
“I might just release it just to release it. I’ll get flack for it but it shows what we can accomplish.
“I do want to accomplish this last record because I’m personally obligated in a business sense. Warren and I can write songs all day long, Juan and I can write songs all day long.
However, Blotzer responded to the comments on Facebook, saying: “”Stephen, me genius friend, #1 you’re not putting anything out as you’re signed to Roadrunner/Atlantic Records. #2, you still owe WBS Inc., ‘Bobby Blotzer, Warren DiMartini’, $1.8 million from the judgement in 2002. I know in your tweety bird mind you think that’s not real, but just as out attornry Kyle Kelley has shown you in the last couple months, it’s real — and time to collect. Bye, bye your publishing well after your departure from Earth.”
“Remember what the label said, NO RELEASES FROM YOU… Sounds like one of my UFO songs, Rock Bottom. Enjoy your weekend. Maybe you can sweep floors over at the Metal Sludge office… $10 an hour.”
The singer made it clear he was unimpressed with Blotzer. “When Juan came back, we really thought things things would be copacetic, the business would be done right and we’d take one final lap,” he said.
“But you’ve got someone who’s out destroying everybody – not just bad-rapping myself – and telling people things which are ridiculous.
“It becomes this war of words. Highschool was years ago. We’re adults here.
“I was trying to bring Juan back to make things copacetic and bring the band back to where it should be. I got nowhere.
“We wanted to get back to all for one and one for all, which is probably the biggest mistake I made – otherwise I’d be sitting in Bon Jovi’s shoes, Jon’s shoes.
“No disrespect to Warren but I don’t think Warren has too much of an idea and I don’t think he wants to be involved. He doesn’t want to be involved in this nonsense and I don’t blame him. Neither do I.
“I have other things to accomplish in life rather than deal with drama and being attacked in public and personally. It’s disturbing to me.
“I’ll do the record. I’ve got 20, 30 songs ready to go. It doesn’t matter to me.
“I started this band and hired these people, with Robbin (Crosby, late guitarist).”



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