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|Birth name||Stephen Eric Pearcy|
|Born||July 3, 1956|
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Genres||Heavy metal, hard rock, alternative metal, industrial|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter, Producer, Author, actor|
|Labels||Top Fuel Records, Top Fuel Records|
|Associated acts||Mickey Ratt, Ratt, Arcade, Vertex, Vicious Delite|
Stephen Eric Pearcy (born July 3, 1956) is an American musician. He is best known as the founder, singer, and songwriter of the heavy metal band Ratt. He has also created the bands Firedome, Crystal Pystal, Mickey Ratt and Ratt Arcade, Vicious Delite, Vertex. He has also recorded five records as a solo artist.
Pearcy has also worked as an actor, playing the killer hippie, Timothy Bach, in the horror film Camp Utopia. And recently a small part in the short lived TV series "Wicked City"", with Mickey Ratt music and cover band in the episode. With music in many feature films 1985 to present.
In his early teens, Pearcy aspired to be a top fuel race car driver and expressed no desire to pursue a career in music. He listened to music and occasionally went to concerts in the 1970s; however he had not so much as played a note in his whole life. Fate intervened in the form of a hit-and-run driver who struck Pearcy while he was riding his bike one night during the summer of 1970. While he was in the hospital for six months recovering from his accident, somebody gave him an acoustic guitar. After fiddling around with the guitar for a short time, Pearcy decided to shift his vocational focus from driving race cars to playing music, while never losing his love for the sport. He sang, created the bands "Firedome" and "Crystal Pystal" until creating and writing original music for his band which he named Mickey Ratt, created in San Diego in 1977. Pearcy moved his band to Los Angeles after seeing a local band, Van Halen, at The Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd in 1978.
After he and the band moved to Los Angeles in 1980, the band's name was shortened to Ratt in 1981 and the original lineup was solidified in 1983. Playing clubs like The Troubadour, The Roxy and The Whisky, Ratt amassed a large local following. After releasing an eponymous six song EP in 1983 selling 200,000 copies, Ratt released their breakthrough album Out of the Cellar on Atlantic Records in 1984. Opening arena shows and tours for ZZ Top, Ozzy Osbourne and Billy Squier. OOTC went on to sell five times multi-platinum. RATT was heading their own arena tours around the world for the next ten years. After releasing four Multi platinum records and three gold albums, Pearcy left the band in February 1992. Pearcy and former Cinderella drummer Fred Coury formed the band Arcade in 1992. Arcade released a self-titled album in 1993 and another album the following year. In 1996, Pearcy dabbled with an industrial metal band called Vertex (with Megadeth's Al Pitrelli and drummer / electronic producer Hiro Kuretani). Pearcy reunited with Ratt in 1996, only to leave the band for a second time in 2000 on the eve of a tour due to differences over financial allocation amongst band members. Pearcy has recorded four solo records under his own indie label Top Fuel Records. The latest "SMASH" released 2017. Stephen has also written music for NHRA ESPN2 Drag Racing. While co sponsoring Top Fuel cars since the mid 1980s.
Pearcy has been touring as a solo artist for sometime, even with his return to the band he created over the years, RATT. The new line up consists of drummer Greg D'Angelo (ex-White Lion, Antidivision, lead guitars for Pearcy's solo band, co writer Erik Ferentinos), guitarist Frankie Wilsey, Arcade-Sea Hags, bassist Matt Thorn also in early version of RATT 1982. The not so recently separated, soon to be divorced frontman is now in a relationship. The last two years has seen Pearcy go thru two full knee surgeries, the most recent as of Dec. 27, 2018. Not one to get to anything in his way, he will continues to write and record constantly.
On April 24, 2014 it was announced that Pearcy had quit Ratt to work on his label Top Fuel Records and other music business ventures, Producing, Creating - Marketing, and "Mic Knuckles (hands free Mic Holder) also writing songs for TV-Movie production (Camp Utopia, Wicked City and more). Pearcy also adds Author to his credit with his first book 2014 "Sex, Drugs & Ratt n' Roll" (Simon & Schuster), another book in progress for 2019-2010.
Pearcy has just released his 5th solo record "View To A Thrill", written by Pearcy and long time guitarist, co writer Erik Ferentinos (on Frontiers Music/Top Fuel Records) Nov. 2018.
The new breed of RATT, with new musicians Jordan Ziff (lead guitars), Chris Sanders (guitars) and drummer Pete Holmes (from the band Black and Blue) performed a hand full of shows late 2018. The RATT World Tour starting May 2019. Original members Stephen Pearcy and (bassist-singer) Juan Croucier begin writing new RATT music for the tour 2019.
Stephen Pearcy solo band members
|With||Year||Title||Label||US Billboard Peak||US sales|
|Ratt||1983||Ratt||Time Coast / Atlantic||133||150,000|
|1984||Out of the Cellar||Atlantic||7||5 million|
|1985||Invasion of Your Privacy||7||3 million|
|1988||Reach for the Sky||17||Platinum+|
|1991||Ratt & Roll 81-91||57||Platinum|
|Vicious Delite||1995||Vicious Delite||Top Fuel Records|
|1999||Ratt||Portrait Records||169||Estimated 200,000 worldwide
|Solo||2002||Social Intercourse||Top Fuel Records|
|2006||Fueler||Top Fuel Records|
|2008||Under My Skin||Top Fuel Records|
|Ratt||2010||Infestation||Loud & Proud / Roadrunner Records/WEA||30||150,000+|
|Solo||2017||Smash||Frontiers Music SRL / Top Fuel Records|
|Solo||2018||View to a Thrill||Frontiers Music SRL / Top Fuel Records|