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Los Angeles, United States

Ratt is an American group formed in Los Angeles, CA and initially featured Stephen Pearcy (vocals), Robbin Crosby (guitar), Warren DeMartini (guitar), Juan Croucier (bass), and Bobby ‘The Blotz’ Blotzer (drums). They evolved out of band Mickey Ratt, transforming into their present form in 1983, and embraced the Sunset Strip blend of hooks mixed with aggressive . Hitting a slick sound similar to the of Cheap Trick as well as the of Iron Maiden, the band is best known for the multi-platinum album smashes Out of the Cellar and Invasion of Your Privacy.

Ratt released a self-titled mini-album in 1983 on a local label, the release now often known as just Ratt EP, and they struck up a close personal friendship with members of Mötley Crüe, friendly rivals that shared the same hard partying lifestyle. The aforementioned scene of southern California brought the fledgling band major inspiration. Ratt then made their breakthrough with their first full studio album, Out of the Cellar, which stayed in the Billboard Top 20 for six months. Single “Round and Round” became a of the group. The release has since been certified as multi-platinum by the RIAA and continues to be loved by many fans.

They toured with Ozzy Osbourne before joining a Billy Squier jaunt where they were apparently ‘thrown off’ because they were more popular than the headline act. Their subsequent output has seen them follow a familiar arena-friendly route, with accusations over sexist videos contrasting with their ability to sell out concert halls and produce recordings that regularly received platinum and gold certifications.

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