In a new interview on BraveWords’ podcast Streaming for Vengeance, RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy spoke about the recent war of words between members of RATT and MÖTLEY CRÜE.
During a recent interview with Ex-WHITE LION drummer Troy Patrick Farrell, RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer said that “RATT‘s always crushed MÖTLEY musically. I think they got more press — [they were associated with] movie stars, explicit sex, murders and s**t… so they were always in the magazines. And you know what? They deserve what they got. I don’t think they’d wanna go toe-to-toe with us, that’s for sure.”
When asked about the peers he admired around him, Pearcy now told BraveWords: “As far as our peers? MÖTLEY, we are brothers. We don’t necessarily talk a lot, but I see Vince [Neil] all the time. He’s a total brother. I couldn’t give a s**t. Him and I think the same, we don’t give a f**k. The less s**t we have to put up with the better. Just leave it over there.
“I had to make a point when [Nikki] Sixx disrespected Carmine [Appice] though. He probably taught Tommy Lee all those things. To diss him like that it was like ouch. So I said something, like something you’d say to your brother. ‘You a**hole, what did you say that for?’ So I don’t know where that ended up. They do what they do. I still feel the same way as I did years ago MÖTLEY is MÖTLEY, RATT is RATT. It is what it is. They are out there. They should be very fortunate that they are out there. How they are out there with all this commotion about Mick [Mars]. I didn’t dig that either. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but disrespecting Mick like that. Nikki tried to steal Jake E. Lee from me when he was in the band. Who knows… a never satisfied guy. We’ve all jammed together a couple of times when we were putting our bands together in the early ‘80s. We are all brothers.”
Earlier this year, Appice made the news when he disclosed information shared by his friend and guitarist Mick Mars regarding alleged events that took place during last summer’s The Stadium Tour, which featured MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD, POISON, JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, and CLASSLESS ACT. Among the claims was that Nikki Sixx‘s bass parts were pre-recorded.
This led to a tense verbal exchange with Sixx, who responded via a tweet stating, “A washed up drummer speaking for our band without any of the facts is as ridiculous as bottom feeder media running with stories without fact checking. When you hear the truth it will be from us.”
Fascinatingly, Mars later gained attention as he filed a lawsuit against the band, alleging widespread use of backing tracks during live performances and accusing bassist Nikki Sixx of manipulating him into thinking he had lost cognitive abilities and guitar skills.
In the lawsuit, Mick alleges that MÖTLEY CRÜE reduced his share of earnings from 25 percent to a mere 5 percent after revealing his decision to withdraw from touring. Additionally, he states that the group’s attorneys made him feel as if he should appreciate this minimal portion, as they believed they had no obligation to provide him with anything. Mick also asserts that a complete band gathering took place where they chose to “unilaterally” exclude him from MÖTLEY CRÜE.
Mick consistently alleged that bassist Nikki Sixx was “gaslighting” him by suggesting his guitar abilities were declining, even though Sixx didn’t “play a single note on bass” throughout a recent tour, as stated by the guitarist. Mick asserts that all of Nikki‘s segments were pre-recorded.