Heart of Steel: Concert Reviews

Stephen Pearcy
December 9, 2003
Crazy Donkey, Farmingdale, NY

Review by Keith McDonald
Photos courtesy of Debbie Cuccia and Bobby Graw

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It's been a little while since Warren DeMartini, Bobby Blotzer and Stephen Pearcy settled their lawsuit that allows only Warren and Bobby to use the name 'Ratt' when touring. That left vocalist and founding member of the band, Stephen Pearcy, out in the cold. Both Stephen and Ratt have toured extensively since then giving fans two versions of the popular 80's hard rock band. Some people look at that as a good thing while others see it as not. As long as we get to hear the songs that made Ratt one of the bigger bands to come out of the 80's, I'm happy.

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Ratt, with Jizzy Pearl on vocals, had just played a club just a few blocks down the road only a few days ago. Now it was Stephen's turn to hit the stage. I did see a lot of the same people at these two shows with Stephen drawing a little better than the new Ratt lineup. Opening the night with 'Wanted Man' Stephen set the tone for a show full of Ratt hits peppered with a few solo offerings and other surprises. The meat of the night was obviously the hits that included 'Back For More', 'Way Cool Jr.', Slip of the Lip', "Walking The Dog' and Lovin' You Is A Dirty Job'. The backing band, comprised mostly of young, unknown players, was solid especially the drummer. But the guitarists, though talented and capable, could not deliver the same way that Warren DeMartini does, the only knock on the night. Some of the highlights were Stephen's solo material which included 'Freak' and 'Ya Looking At Me' with and added Arcade song making sure Stephen's extensive catalog of material was represented.

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As the night drew to a close Stephen broke out the big hits 'Lack of Communication', 'You're In Love' and 'Lay it Down'. He also surprised the crowd with a great cover of Judas Priest's 'You Got Another Thing Coming' that of course led to the closer 'Round and Round'. The show wasn't sold out considering it was a Tuesday night and there was plenty of snow to go around, but he did draw a decent crowd. Hopefully Stephen, Warren and Bobby put their differences aside and get back together as Ratt the way it ought to be. Until then you can get two versions of the band.

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