STEPHEN PEARCY Wants To Make One Final RATT Album With All Surviving Members Of Classic Lineup

During an appearance on yesterday’s (Thursday, Janury 21) episode of SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, Stephen Pearcy revealed that he is open to the idea of making a new RATT album with all the surviving members of the band’s classic lineup.

“I wouldn’t wanna put a RATT record out there without the original guys,” he said. “I mean, it just wouldn’t make sense. We’ve tried it.

“Look, I accepted it a long time ago when Robbin [Crosby, late RATT guitarist] left the band, we lost a big element of direction. He was my right-hand man creating this monster. And I knew it — I knew once he was out, we would be going through motions. It’s all cool, and it’s great, but how many replacements can you have in a band and still consider it legit? So if we’re gonna have something on plastic, so to speak, forever, I’d rather have the original band do a record and just not do a RATT record until that day comes — if it ever happens.”

Asked when the last time was that he talked to guitarist Warren DeMartini, who hasn’t played with RATT since early 2018, Stephen said: “Probably a couple of weeks back. We had some business to talk about, him and I, about some of the stuff we wrote. Which is great, ’cause Warren and I actually had a song in the can, written, that we can actually play and release. And there was another one we were starting to work on that was amazing. So you get me and Warren in a room, and we’ll start writing immediately.”

Pressed about whether Warren is open to doing something with RATT again, Stephen said: “No. I can’t say anything like that. All I’m saying is we had stuff to talk about, and a couple of songs that we did, and that’s it. And a record of ours. And we just chatted. So that’s where it went.”

Pearcy also revealed that he is back on speaking terms with drummer Bobby Blotzer, who led his own version of RATT for a couple of years beginning in late 2015 before becoming embroiled in a legal battle with the singer, DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier over the rights to the band’s name.

“I do talk to Bobby,” he said. “Bobby and I are — it’s love-hate, brother kind of a gig. We keep in touch and talk about positive things. He still has interest, so there are some things to talk about. And Warren is the same.”

“Look, life goes on,” he explained. “Life’s short. Hate’s not a good thing. There’s communication. But I can’t say anything.”

Pearcy then circled back to the prospect of making a new RATT album, saying: “As far as doing a record right now, I really wouldn’t wanna have guys that weren’t really in the band on the record. And I think that was Warren‘s sentiment a long time ago — without having me on a record — so I’m just giving back the courtesy consideration.

“I would really like to actually finish the song that Warren and I had started, and the one that we have in the can, I would love to release it. I’m gonna talk to him about it, if we can just put it out there and just turn people on. He’s not some aggro dude right now. I’m not aggro at any of these people. Look, we created this great thing, and if there’s gonna be a RATT record, I just off the top of my head said I wanna do it with the original guys, if we’re gonna do one — or don’t even bother. The catalog is what you get. Or you get my solo stuff, which is as close as you’re gonna get to RATT music. And that’s it… If we ever do a [RATT] record, let it be the real guys, and call it a day. If that’s the last thing we do, well, let’s do it. If not, hey, we’ve got the records. That’s all I can say.”

Stephen also stressed the importance of not letting personal differences get in the way of making music and touring while he and his bandmates are still physically able to perfom the classic RATT songs live.

“Look, we’re not the most dysfunctional band on the planet,” he said. “I’ve said it before, there are bands much more dysfunctional — MÖTLEY [CRÜE], GN’R [GUNS N’ ROSES], you name ’em — but the smart ones make an effort to take care of business. MÖTLEY — I don’t know if they even talk to each other, but they’re getting the business done. And that’s where I’m at. What are you — punishing somebody? You’re getting back at somebody? You’re holding a grudge, vendetta… It’s all bullshit. We’re all gonna die anyway. Go figure it out.”

Pearcy and Croucier are the sole remaining original members in RATT‘s current lineup, which made its live debut in July 2018 in Mulvane, Kansas. Joining them in the band are drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK ‘N BLUE, RATT’S JUAN CROUCIER) and guitarist Jordan Ziff (RAZER).

RATT hasn’t released any new music since 2010’s “Infestation” album.

RATT — featuring Pearcy, Croucier and DeMartini — played a number of shows in 2017 after reforming a year earlier in the midst of a highly publicized legal battle with Blotzer over the rights to the RATT name. They were joined at the gigs by ex-QUIET RIOT guitarist Carlos Cavazo, who played on “Infestation”, and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, who previously played with Y&T, WHITE LION and MEGADETH, among others.

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CHESTER BENNINGTON’s Widow TALINDA Announces Split From Firefighter Husband

Chester Bennington‘s widow has announced her split from her husband of a year.

Talinda Bennington and Los Angeles County firefighter Michael Friedman walked down the aisle on January 4, 2020, four months after they announced their engagement. The ceremony took place at the Turtle Bay Resort in Kahuku, Hawaii.

Earlier today (Friday, January 22), Talinda took to her Twitter to write: “I am ready to announce that Michael and I have decided to move forward with our lives as friends.

“Divorce is never easy, but in our case it is for the best.

“We have remained good friends and he continues to be an important part of my children’s lives.

“Love and Loss is part of life and it’s even harder when you have to do it in the public eye.

“Thank you for your love and support and respect for our privacy at this time.”

Talinda and Michael‘s wedding a year ago was reportedly attended by Talinda and Chester‘s three children — son Tyler and twins Lilly and Lila — along with other friends and family members.

In 2018, Talinda said that she was “completely surprised” by Chester‘s passing, explaining that she believed Chris Cornell‘s death only two months earlier would serve as a deterrent against suicide to the LINKIN PARK singer.

Chester was found dead on July 20, 2017 — on what would have been the 53rd birthday of his late friend and fellow rocker, SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell.

After Cornell died in May 2017 as a result of suicide by hanging himself inside his Detroit hotel room, Chester wrote a letter thanking him for inspiring him and hoping he would find peace in “the next life.”

Chester married Talinda shortly after his divorce from his first wife, Samantha Marie Olit.

In the first few months since her husband’s death, Talinda had used the hashtags #FuckDepression and #MakeChesterProud to grow an online community that is there to support people with depression, and people who have been impacted by a loved one’s depression or suicide.

Photo courtesy of “Alive & Running”

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PAUL STANLEY: All ‘News’ Media, Personalities And Elected Officials Should Be Held Accountable For Lies, Inaccuracies And Fabrications

Paul Stanley says that media platforms and elected officials should be held “accountable” for exacerbating and weaponizing disinformation.

Earlier today (Friday, January 22), the KISS frontman took to his Twitter to write: “The quickest way to end divisiveness in this country is to hold ALL ‘news’ media, personalities & elected officials accountable for lies, inaccuracies & fabrications. Freedom Of Speech should not cover the betrayal of the trust we rely on to make educated choices based on facts.”

Stanley‘s latest comments come a little over a week after he defended his right to speak out on political issues, saying that he voices his opinions as a “proud citizen” of a country he loves deeply. He explained: “My profession should’t disallow that as we all have that right so many have fought & died protecting. I also understand that the people who would like me to stay quiet are those who don’t share my views. Sorry.”

Two months ago, the KISS frontman criticized GOP senators for not publicly recognizing then-President-elect Biden‘s win and for not countering the promotion by Trump and his campaign of unfounded claims that voter fraud disrupted the presidential election.

Last April, Stanley blamed a shifting media environment for sharpening partisan divides, saying that Fox News and CNN viewers and live in “different realities.”

“Any conversation I’ve had with somebody who feels contrary to [a particular point of view], they stick to their guns because their reality is based on information that they’re getting from a source that has their own agenda,” Stanley said during an appearance on Richard Marx‘s “Social Distancing” talk show. “I’m not saying that CNN is guiltless. It’s really become the network of the Democrats versus the network of the Republicans, and your reality and what you see as the truth, not coincidentally, is based upon which network you watch. And that’s terrible. We’re living in separate universes. If you go from one channel to the other, you think you’re in a different time.

“If I were to watch whatever network I watch that’s called ‘The News,’ it’s going to feed me what I believe to be reality,” he added. “That’s the basic truth of it. And, unfortunately, there seems to be different realities, alternate realities… There’s gotta be a truth.”

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Political Journey Of D.O.A.’s JOE KEITHLEY Focus Of Upcoming Documentary

Award-winning documentary filmmaker/director Scott Crawford (“Creem: America’s Only Rock’N’Roll Magazine”) and producer Paul Rachman (“American Hardcore”) have launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of their new project, “Something Better Change”. The film documents hardcore punk band D.O.A. frontman and lead guitarist Joey “Shithead” Keithley‘s unprecedented political rise in his native Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada and his 2022 re-election journey while also exploring how music and activism often interlink via raising awareness about important social issues, inspiring people to get involved, and fostering real, dynamic change. Directed by Crawford, the documentary will also feature former U.S. congressman Beto O’Rourke, Henry Rollins, Keith Morris (CIRCLE JERKS), Duff McKagan (GUNS N’ ROSES), Ian MacKaye (FUGAZI), Krist Novoselic (NIRVANA), Jello Biafra (DEAD KENNEDYS), and many more.

Throughout the 1980s, defining hardcore punk band D.O.A. helped solidify and pave the way for the explosion of politically active punk artists in modern culture alongside other legends such as BLACK FLAG, CIRCLE JERKS, DEAD KENNEDYS and MINOR THREAT. After decades of fighting against oppression, homelessness, and corporate greed via D.O.A.‘s music and in his own personal life, in 2018 Keithley, ran for city council in his native hometown of Burnaby. With only a $7000 campaign budget on a Green Party ticket, he won, while also helping to unseat the former five-term mayor Derek Corrigan who once famously said: “I would never bend over to give a homeless person a dime because he might steal my watch.”

However, will Keithley‘s message and DIY approach to campaigning resonate with voters in the upcoming Burnaby election of 2022? And how do the ethics and activism of music translate into political action? Win or lose, “Something Better Change” will document every step of Keithley‘s campaigning for a second term as well as explore how music often serves as an introduction to social issues that inspire people to get involved and foster dynamic change.

As Keithley recently told Rolling Stone: “When Scott Crawford approached me about making a documentary, it wasn’t long before I saw that we shared the same vision, we both wanted tell the same story — that punk rock activism can take on any bullshit thrown our way and create results that really make a difference in our communities. When I started playing in D.O.A., I realized pretty quickly that the band was a great way to get people to listen to ideas and help to make this world a better place. Much like the band’s motto states: TALK minus ACTION = 0. I’m really getting a chance to see those positive changes in real time now that I’m an elected official.”

While punk rock’s upper echelon may no longer be as culturally seditious as they once were, the genre’s effect on a new generation of activists and aspiring politicians has never been clearer. “Not only have I been a longtime fan of D.O.A.,” Crawford states, “but Joe Keithley‘s ‘David versus Goliath‘ story of affecting change from within the political ecosystem is one that I think will resonate with audiences — especially given our current political climate. This is a film that will explore how music and activism continue to interlink, with music often serving as an introduction to social issues that inspire people to get involved and foster dynamic change.”

Crawford has been a documentary filmmaker for the last 10 years. His debut film was “Salad Days: A Decade Of Punk In Washington, D.C.”, and his second effort was the immensely popular “Creem: America’s Only Rock’N’Roll Magazine”. Both films received critical acclaim and won multiple film festival awards across the globe.

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GILBY CLARKE: How Rise Of Grunge In Early 1990s Affected GUNS N’ ROSES

Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke recently spoke to 80’s Metal Recycle Bin about how the rise of grunge in the early 1990s forced most hard rock bands off the radio and MTV, with album and tour sales plummeting.

“There was a lot of talk of the climate changing — a lot of it,” Gilby said (see video below). “‘Cause, obviously, Axl [Rose, GN’R singer] was always on top of that stuff. He loved NIRVANA; he loved SOUNDGARDEN; he loved PEARL JAM. He liked a lot of those bands a lot more than, I would say, myself, Slash [GN’R guitarist] and Duff [McKagan, GN’R bassist]; we were a little slower to the change.

“I think when we really noticed the big change is when we got off the road,” he continued. “I had made a solo record; Slash had made a solo record. We were playing stadiums one year, and next year we were playing clubs. Theaters sometimes and stuff — but two or three years earlier, and Slash‘s solo band would have been playing in an arena. So we could definitely tell the climate had changed at that point.

“I remember one thing that stuck with Slash and I when we were coming out of the Rainbow [in West Hollywood, California] one time. And this was around probably ’92 [or] ’93. And somebody saw Slash and goes, ‘Oh, my God. Look, it’s Slash.’ But they were laughing, like he was a cartoon character, not Slash from GUNS N’ ROSES, which, three or four years before that, was the coolest motherfucker on the planet.

“So that was a couple of things that we could kind of tell that things were changing a little bit,” Clarke added. “Some bands were starting to be a little cartoonish rather than having the musical credibility.”

Clarke replaced founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin in the GUNS lineup in 1991, during the “Use Your Illusion” tour, and stayed with the band for three years. After exiting GUNS N’ ROSES, Clarke continued as a producer and solo artist, while also playing in SLASH’S SNAKEPIT, ROCK STAR SUPERNOVA, HEART and other acts.

Clarke, along with Slash, McKagan, and former GN’R drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, performed three “Appetite For Destruction” songs with Myles Kennedy at the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in April 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. Kennedy, who handles lead vocals in Slash‘s solo band and ALTER BRIDGE, sang “Mr. Brownstone”, “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City”, with “Use Your Illusion”-era member Sorum sitting behind the drum kit on “Brownstone” and the man he replaced in GN’R, Adler, pounding the skins for the other two songs.

Clarke‘s new solo album, “The Gospel Truth”, will be released later this year via Golden Robot Records.

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