Ratt frontman Stephen Pearcy recently revealed in an interview with Tommy London of SiriusXM Hair Nation that they were almost ready to form a band with Robbin Crosby, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee. Ratt, along with one of their contemporaries, Mötley Crüe, became one of the most well-known acts of the early 1980s Los Angeles metal scene. Around the same time, both bands began to climb the success ladder. They established a Los Angeles rocker image with similar looks and outfits. As people who frequented the same places, the members of the two bands were well acquainted.
When asked how they met Mötley Crüe members, Ratt’s Stephen Pearcy explained that he and guitarist Robbin Crosby used to spend time on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, and Mötley Crüe did the same. As a result, they met them on the Sunset Strip and quickly became friends, dubbed the Gladiators. Nikki Sixx, as Pearcy stated, was dissatisfied with his current band and was looking for other options.
In addition to hanging out, Stephen Pearcy, Robbin Crosby, Nikki Sixx, and Tommy Lee were jamming together on occasion. They recognized their chemistry and potential. Nikki Sixx was planning on forming a new band with four of them. Unfortunately, it remained only an idea and never materialized. Pearcy, on the other hand, believes it would be a fantastic band because they were so supportive of one another back then.
Stephen Pearcy stated the following during the interview: “I’m doing a second book, part two, next year, and that’s one of the stories I kept back.” There are several with Van Halen and other guys. When we first met Mötley, we had to explain how we met them. So Robbin and I used to frequent Hollywood, specifically the Sunset Strip. You must be seen. You must go out there. Mötley, on the other hand, was doing the same thing. They’d be doing the same thing, tripping down the Strip, going to the Rainbow, coming here, getting f*cked up.
So, we meet them on the Strip and hang out. We became friends, and when we went out together, we became The Gladiators, our street name. And we all had names, which was inspired by Robbin’s nickname, ‘King.’ I’m not sure if Nikki gave him that nickname or if Robbin gave it to himself.”
The singer went on: So we became close friends in 1982. Nikki was never truly satisfied, in my opinion. Musicians were coming and going in bands as the L.A. implosion began in 1981, 1982, and that whole Strip thing. He was dissatisfied with his band at the time. Yes, it is a true story. Robbin, Nikki, Tommy, and I were rehearsing on guitar at Mickey Ratt’s rehearsal in Culver City.
And I believe we practiced a few times. I’m not sure if we were trying to form a band or just jamming, but things were heating up. And Nikki says, ‘Nah. ‘I’m going to do what I’m going to do.’ ‘Well, I’m here,’ I said. ‘Robbin and I are doing what we do.’ That’s fine. That’s a true story. So, if that had been a band, it would have been a fantastic band. I’m not sure what songs we sang, but we were very supportive of each other back then, in the beginning. It was fantastic.
The Gladiators, that’s probably what we were going to call it. I’m not sure. Back then, I’d have to check with my roadie guy. I’m forgetting the sh*t. If I recall correctly, we were almost taking it seriously, as in, ‘All right. We will be present. We’re going to practice.’ But it happened a few times. So there’s a little story there.” You can hear Pearcy’s comments below.