Stephen Pearcy: Following Ed Van Halen’s advice, I moved Mickey Ratt to L.A. Jan 1, 1980
“Backstage Blast,” RATT circa 1980 Mickey Ratt releases a 45 single “Doctor Rock” and “Drivin’ on E” with John Turner Drums, Chris Hager Lead Guitars, and (RIP) brother Tim Garcia, (far left) on Bass Guitar. I sang lead vocals, rhythm guitar. Already calling the band Ratt, only a couple hundred singles made to use for promotion and to get gigs.
Following Ed Van Halen’s advice, I moved Mickey Ratt to L.A. Jan 1, 1980, from San Diego. Before the OG members Ratt EP in 1983, Mickey Ratt would play anywhere, everywhere in Hollywood as did RATT. Great advice from brother Eddie Van Halen, we eventually became the house band at Gazzarri’s, then at the Whisky A Go-Go with new OG members in 1983. Again, following the VH attack on Hollywood. Next!
Mickey Rat was a 70’s underground xxx comic book out of San Francisco circa 1972. (The misadventures of the misanthropic rodent, created by writer Chester Crill and artist Robert Armstrong as a spoof of you-know-who. This Mickey is a violent reprobate and general lowlife) I liked the name but added another “T”.
I was slowly going to just call the band RATT. circa 1980, so I designed the logo to be like the KISS logo, simple, clean identifiable. After a few attempts created the logo as we all see it.