1984 Ratt – Round and Round
Singer Stephen Pearcy and a collection of musicians formed the hard rock group Mickey Ratt in San Diego in 1977. Could the name be a play on Mickey Mouse? By 1981, everybody but Stephen had left the group. Stephen moved to LA and recruited four more musicians to round out the group: Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini on guitars, Juan Croucier on bass guitar, and Bobby Blotzer on drums.
The band released an EP of six songs in 1983 that impressed Atlantic Records sufficiently to earn the group a contract with the label. Their first album, Out Of The Cellar, came out the next year and spawned the single Round and Round. Thanks to a lot of airplay on MTV, the single peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 in 1984 and helped establish the hair metal band.
By 2010, the band had ten more top forty singles on the Mainstream Rock chart, but they only had one more single do well on the Hot 100. Lay It Down peaked at #40 on the Hot 100 in 1985 but got as high as #11 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The band released their last single in 1991.
Their first two albums went 3x and 2x platinum, and two more platinum albums and one gold album followed by 1990.
The band split up in 1992. Stephen formed Arcade and later joined Vicious Delite in 1995 and Vertex in 1996. Robbin joined the band Secret Service. Bobby tried running several small businesses and played with Montrose. Warren joined Whitesnake for a while before releasing two solo albums. Juan ran his own studio and produced underground bands.
Stephen, Warren, and Bobby added new member Robbie Crane and reformed Ratt and began touring again in 1997. Stephen left again and joined the group Nitronic, which began billing itself as Ratt Featuring Stephen Pearcy in 2000.
Robbin died from a heroin overdose in 2001. The remaining four members of Ratt reformed and began touring in 2006 with other musicians joining the band on tour. The band recorded another album in 2010 and then drifted apart again. In 2014, Stephen announced that he was finished with Ratt due to internal group problems.
Bobby formed Bobby Blotzer’s Ratt Experience and began touring in 2015. Juan formed a touring band that used the Ratt logo and the lawsuits over the band’s name and logo began. Juan eventually prevailed in court.
At the present time, Stephen and Juan lead the touring band.
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