It turned out the 80s were pretty good for Motley Crue and Ratt, but Stephen Pearcy reveals there was a time in the early 80s when the two acts could have had a different trajectory if a couple bands suggested had worked. Pearcy reveals that a quartet of himself, Robbin Crosby, Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee had gone so far as to rehearse together, but ultimately continued with their respective bands and decided not to pursue their collective.
The revelation came as the singer spoke with Tommy London of SiriusXM’s Hair Nation. As transcribed by Blabbermouth, Pearcy says the formation of their band originated in the Sunset Strip days of the early 80s. “Robbin and I used to go to Hollywood all the time – you know, ‘ the [Sunset] Band, yeah. You must be seen. You must be there. Well, Motley was doing the same thing. Nikki, Tommy, Vince – they would do the same. You know, tripping on the Strip, going to the Rainbow, going here, getting screwed,” he recalled.
“So anyway, we meet them on the strip, hang out. We became friends and we became The Gladiators, which was our street thing there, when we were dating. And we each had names, which date back to [Robbin’s nickname] ‘King’. I don’t know if it was Nikki who gave him that nickname or Robbin gave it to himself,” the singer continued.
He then added, “So in 1982, we really became close friends. I don’t think Nikki was ever really satisfied. Musicians came and went in bands, as the whole implosion started – [in] ’81, ’82 in LA and all that Strip stuff. He was not happy with his group at that time. So, yes, it’s a true story. Robbin, Nikki, Tommy and myself, and me on guitar, were rehearsing at Mickey Ratt’s rehearsal in Culver City there. And I think we rehearsed several times.”
Looking back on that time, Pearcy says, “I don’t know if we wanted to start a band or if we were just jamming, but something was getting intense in there. And Nikki is, like, ‘Nah. I’m gonna go do my thing. And I said, “Well, here I am. Robbin and I do our thing. “So be it.”
The singer adds, “A true story. A true story. So if it had been a band, it would have been a great band, actually. I don’t know what songs we played, but we supported each other a lot l each other.” in the day, early, yeah. It was awesome.”
Ultimately, Motley Crue would find its breakthrough with 1983 shout to the devil album, their second release as a group. And they would be one of the biggest heavy bands of the 80s. Ratt also did well in the 80s. Their biggest success came with 1984 Out of the cellar first album with the single “Round and Round”.