It’s another Saturday night in the Motor City and what has become the norm of late, all the music venues have shows scheduled with some of the biggest names in the business. LIttle Caesars Arena has two performances of Trans Siberian Orchestra, the Crofoot is playing host to the final show of the band Wilson while The Fillmore Detroit is revving up the past with glam rockers, RATT.
If you’re wondering if this is some kind of twisted joke from the Fillmore its not. RATT along with their L.A. cohorts Motley Crue, are widely recognized as a pioneers in the formation of the 1980s glam-metal scene. Now, thirty-some years later, Ratt is on a 12-date run of shows in December looking to rekindle some of the lost magic from their glory years. With all the name litigation drama and individual medical concerns finally behind them, original lead singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier were finally “Back for More!”
When the lights dimmed and the AC/DC walk-on music faded, RATT relied on the tried and true formula that made them hair-metal royalty in their heyday. Opening with the guitar-heavy hit “Wanted Man,” from Out Of The Cellar, the band re-establish some lost credibility and allowed the fans to hear some familiar riffs right out of the gate. The well thought out start energized the crowd and showcased the talent of both newcomers Jordan Ziff (lead guitar) and Chris Sanders (rhythm guitar).
Legendary frontman Stephen Pearcy, dressed in era-appropriate black leather along with his red signature “mic knuckles” in hand, appears to have made a full recovery from early year knee surgery. Hopping up and down on stage while delivering the scintillating vocals to RATT hits “Way Cool Junior,” “You Think You’re Tough” and “Dangerous But Worth the Risk” with relative ease and no apparent discomfort. One of the more intriguing selections in the set was the absolute killer version of Rufus Thomas’ 1965 release “Walking the Dog,” that featured smoking bass leads from Crocier and rhythm beats supplied by newcomer Pete Holmes perched behind the elevated drum set.
In addition to performing six classic tracks from the epic LP, Out Of The Cellar, a majority of the 16-song set list was spread across three career defining albums released by RATT during a six-year span; Invasion Of Your Privacy (1986) Dancing Undercover (1986) and Detonator (1990). All the massive hits that blasted from every FM radio back when they were released and now featured on the SiriusXM’s HairNation channel were represented. We are not just talking about minor hits, but songs that shaped a generation of music fans who still sing “Lay It Down,” “Your in Love” and ”Body Talk” word for word each time they hear them. Ratt performed each with the same intensity and vigor as they did 30-years ago, only now with a few new band members and little more age positive but no less exuberant fans. A lesser known hit “Nobody Rides for Free“ from the Point Break Soundtrack was also well received but unfortuneatly did not garner the same crowd response as the rest of the set. It really didn’t not matter much because tonight it was all about “Ratt and Roll” and the brilliant performance of all the classic hits their fans continue to clamor over, 30 plus years after their initial release.
“Turn the house lights up and let me get a look at these people! Fuck yeah! I will remember your faces, let’s party!”
Epic words from lead singer Stephen Pearcy that ignited the fans right before the night ending, 10 minutes performance of the mega hit that entrenched RATT as musical superstars, “Round and Round.” As the lights came up and RATT took in their well-deserved adulation from crowd, Pearcy took one final look around and said, “Thanks for the party Detroit, thanks for the party.”
With rumors circulating that the band is working on new music, will 2020 be the year RATT shakes the cobwebs and releases new music? Time will tell but the Chinese Horoscope insists 2020 is the year of the Rat and that cant be wrong, can it?
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