Ratt Behind The Music DVD
Ratt Behind The Music
On the surface, Ratt - Steven Pearcy, vocals, Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini, guitars, Juan Croucier, bass, and Bobby Blotzer, drums - was another arena pop metal band, with a massive MTV audience and a propensity for excessive partying. The often repeated tales of heavy drinking, band members being too sick to perform, and constant internal squabbles are all too familiar in the rock industry. After six years at the top of their game, the tensions boiled over and the music scene changed. No longer the toast of the town, and with shrinking audiences , vocalist Steven Pearcy was often too wasted to know what city they were performing in, and Warren, Juan, and Bobby directed their anger at him. Juan explains, "none of us liked each other very much". Meanwhile, unbeknownst to them, Robbin was deep in a heroin habit that he had begun in 1985. By 1990, they all sensed he was not going to able to continue, though they didn't understand the severity of his problems. He was ousted after some memorably horrible and bizarre performances, and subsequently became destitute from his $500 a day addiction.
From here, the story takes an even more harrowing turn, as we hear from Robbin in a never-before-seen interview from 1999, and we learn he was diagnosed with HIV in 1994. His words are pursed and ominous as he recalls his time with Ratt. It was his baby, and he laments that they were on tour making money while he was laying broke in a shack in North Hollywood. Jim Forbes tells us that he died in 2002, not from HIV, but a heroin overdose. The band has reformed without Pearcy and as of airing are performing with a new lead singer, as Ratt.Quality Rating is a 8.5/10