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BACKSTAGE BLAST: STEPHEN PEARCY TAKES A WALK DOWN 2014 MEMORY LANE ...

Updated: Jun 15, 2021

COMMEMORATING THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF "OUT OF THE CELLAR"s RELEASE AND HE'S GOT STORIES TO TELL.






2014 was a very cool year for Stephen Pearcy & RATT. As this was the 30th anniversary of their debut studio album,"Out of the Cellar, Released March 27th 1984.


This album hit the scene like a Lightning Bolt, letting everyone know that a new breed of metal was in town. "Out of the Cellar" was based on a literal reference describing Pearcy & Crosbys living quarters in a garage (Cellar). And with this newfound success, they both could officially move "Out of the Cellar". The album entered the Billboard charts, initially outselling the more notorious Shout at the Devil,, by their Sunset Strip counter parts, Motley Crue. "Out of the Cellar" hit the airwaves reaching RIAA Certified TriplePlatinum success, eventually the album would be touted as "One of the 50 Greatest Hair Metal albums of All Time", Rolling Stone Magazine


Although, most might think that the album was written entirely in the 80's since the songs swagger & lyrics embodied every bit of the Decade of Decadence. You might be surprised to learn that, in fact, Pearcy had written some of those hits in the late 70's.


He 1st picked up a guitar around age 15, writing down thoughts & lyrics. Soon enough, putting guitar to lyrics and fronting his 1st band, so when he met Robbin Crosby at age 19, the stage was set! Stephen had already written "Back for More" and "In Your Direction", Robbin had "Scene of the Crime" and "Im Insane". Fast forward to the 1984, with the release of "Out of the Cellar"and its huge success, these two could rest assured that they were a Force to be Reckoned With.


So as the 30th Anniversary of "Out of the Cellar" approached, it wasn't just an anniversary of an album with great songs, killer licks, and the coolest videos. It was a testament to young dreams that turned into an Incredible Reality. A toast to the Good Times that particular album had created for all members of RATT. And most importantly, for Stephen Pearcy, a remembrance of how he and his friend would dream of the day that their songs would be played on the radio.


Cheers to 1984 all over again!





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i go way back with Ratt...unbeknown to you I remeber you guys practicing in John Gehrings Garage and not bein allowed to go out there!

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04. Jan. 2021

Great to see these. After coming back from 2 years of Asia travel I tremendously regret losing folders kept in the US that contained at least 5 years of RATT photos. Every metal magazine containing RATT was purchased and carefully cut out (heavy metal mags ruled the shelves at the time). I recently found 2 new #1506 Neil Zlozower posters; one of which will be framed (two of the above photos were from that shoot). Thank you so much for keeping the drive to create new music. Smash & View To A Thrill just kick that @$$ for me in the greatest way. To the past, present, and future...Salute!

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